Meet Kevin Jones ’25


Kevin Jones ’25 is a member of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and the Realizing Excellence and Access in the Law (REAL) Scholars program—two groups he says have shaped his experience at Fordham Law in positive ways as a first-generation law student. Jones says he came to New York for the challenge of being a part of a competitive legal community, as well as to meet new, like-minded people.

What is your hometown?
Tampa, Florida.

Where did you study before Fordham Law?
The University of Florida.

Why did you choose Fordham Law?
Before choosing Fordham Law, I spoke to current students and alumni about their views and experiences, which helped inform my decision. I got the sense that the Fordham community was a place where I would meet many like-minded people—as well as people from drastically different backgrounds—and that my journey as an aspiring lawyer would be challenging and fulfilling. After spending my whole life in Florida and Ghana, I knew that just by moving to New York there would be major adaptations in my life. I just hoped they would be a net positive. 

What do you like about studying law in New York City?
In my daily life in New York, I see many things that get me thinking about how the legal system impacts people. What I learn often comes to life within the city, especially incidents relevant to torts, contracts, constitutional law, and property law. New York City also has a very competitive legal community and I enjoy being near the action.

What are you involved in at the Law School?
I am a member of Fordham’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and the Realizing Excellence and Access in the Law (REAL) Scholars program. These groups are special to me because of the important role they play in the lives of many students from marginalized backgrounds. I often encounter the false narrative that all 1Ls are in the same boat and that the “playing field is level.” These sentiments are far from the truth for people like me, first-generation students with no network or connection to legal professionals. BLSA is an important part of Fordham Law and provides community to many students, including students who do not identify as Black. A program like REAL is also essential because it introduces students to resources and support systems they would not have otherwise. Being part of these two organizations accounts for at least 50% of the reasons I enjoy Fordham. 

What is your favorite moment/experience at Fordham Law?
December 14, 2022 was the last day of finals in my 1L fall semester. I still remember the looks of accomplishment, satisfaction, and pure joy on the faces of my classmates throughout the night as we were celebrating. I had never been around so many happy people in my life.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?
When I started at Fordham, I was interested in becoming a sports and entertainment lawyer. In the past year however, I’ve discovered many interests outside of sports law or entertainment law and I’m now focused on being the best possible lawyer I can be no matter what I end up doing. 

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