1L Louica Alexandre: A Haitian Immigrant Who Seeks to Help the Underserved
In the second installment of our “Meet the J.D, Class of 2024” series, we introduce you to 1L Louica Alexandre. An immigrant from Haiti, Alexandre seeks to help other immigrants as well as other underserved and neglected populations in the United States.
Please discuss your background and how it connected to your decision to pursue law as a career.
As a black woman who is an immigrant, I am pursuing a career in law to help my native country Haiti, as well as the socio-economically disadvantaged members of our society here in the United States. I want to help the other immigrants like me, so the system does not treat them unfairly.
What do you hope/plan to do with your legal education (realizing, of course, that may change during the course of your studies)?
I hope to help my native country by understanding international law and helping the immigrants that come here in search of a better future. I am planning to help the underserved and neglected portions of the U.S. population. My goal in getting a law degree is to understand how the law works so that I can help as much as I can—and maybe even help rewrite the laws!
Why did you select Minnesota Law?
I selected Minnesota Law because I believe that I can make a difference for future students and the community. The Law School seemed receptive to learning and they acknowledged that they needed help and knew that they could be better. The admissions team, students, and alumni made me feel that there is a sense of community.
Minnesota Law strives for a diversity of perspectives in the classroom. What are you hoping to add to the mix?
I will be making sure that everyone thinks about all the different aspects of a law and who it would affect the most, whether positively or negatively. I will be asking questions on who it was meant to benefit and how the law may inadvertently or purposefully hinder others.
Minnesota Law as an institution emphasizes leadership. What does leadership mean to you?
Leadership is standing up for what you believe in regardless of how difficult it is and being open to change if you are wrong. Being a leader is about being open to new lessons in life and making sure that your voice is heard while amplifying the voices of those that have been previously cut off. Being a leader is taking action to help others.
What are you most looking forward to about being a law student?
I am looking forward to learning about the law and seeing where I can help. I want to understand every aspect of the law and see why and how we got to where we are today as a society. I am looking forward to working with my classmates to make Minnesota Law and the world a better place.
What are your hobbies/ interests?
I love to read supernatural fiction novels or series. I love watching shows, whether it is reality tv or the regular stuff (fiction). I draw and write poetry when I feel the need. I love the beach and anything with a body of water that I can swim in, it is very calming.
Favorite inspirational quote, book, or personal hero that you would like to mention?
“We can disagree and still love each other, unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist” (James Baldwin)