Duquesne University School of Law

Meet Jennifer Yeung

Third-Year Evening Student

Hometown 

Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

Undergraduate Degree

University of Toronto, B.A., music history and theory, 2001 

Was music always a large part of your life? 

I studied classical music growing up -- piano, specifically. After I got my undergrad, I taught music and directed children's choirs. Then I started venturing out more. I started composing (non-classical music for some jingles, some indie films), arranging, recording, producing, and singing.  I started an indie label for a while and released two albums under it. 

Why did you choose Duquesne Law? 

My husband is from Pittsburgh, and I was attracted to Duquesne Law because of the evening program. The program meant I could keep my full-time day job at the time.

Are you involved in student organizations or publications here? 

Yes, Duquesne Law Review and Phi Alpha Delta.

What advice would you give to students considering law school? 

Law school is a large commitment. You get what you put in, so give it your all!  

Where do you see yourself after graduating? In five years? 

Working with a great law firm in Pittsburgh seems like such a vague answer but it’s true. To answer this thinking about new or prospective students, I would say: you don’t have to know ahead of time or decide right away. Take advantage of the programs the school has to offer, join organizations, and network. Keep an open mind. The Career Services Office is a very valuable resource and I highly recommend talking to the wonderful folks there. They are kind, supportive, and helpful.  

What do you like to do for fun?  

I started Bikram yoga in in Phoenix. I've been practicing on and off (mostly on) for the past 10 years in Arizona, N.Y. (Oswego, not NYC!), and I've taken classes when I've traveled as well (e.g., Fla., Germany, Toronto). I LOVE IT. It's intense and it recharges and resets me. It is one of the things that, in my opinion, has helped me the most through law school and my pregnancy. It's a great outlet. I highly recommend it to anyone.  Also I enjoy cooking, reading, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.

Are there specific challenges that come with starting a new family while being in law school?

Definitely, but there are too many challenges to go into detail here! The important thing is that Duquesne has been supportive of my process and I’m very grateful for it. I would be very happy to discuss this with anyone who is in the same situation or thinking about starting a family while in law school.  

What might people be surprised to know about you? 

I’m Canadian!