Curious what Concordia University School of Law alumni are up to? We’re checking in on some of our recent graduates to see what life after law school is like. Meet Malcolm Copple, who graduated from Concordia Law in December 2015.
Q. What area of law are you working in since graduation?
A. I work at the office of Davison, Copple, Copple and Copple as an associate where I handle real estate and family law cases. About 50% of what I do involves some form of real estate – construction of a house, development, eminent domain, that sort of thing. The other 50% of my practice revolves around family law – cases involving guardianship, divorce, and child custody.
Q. When preparing for those kinds of cases, do you think back to your time at law school?
A. I do! I think one of the things I value most about Concordia Law is the well-rounded education I received. When you’re dealing with family or property cases, you need to know a little bit about everything so you can do the best possible job for your clients.
Q. You’ve attended two different law schools. What’s different or unique about Concordia University School of Law?
A. One thing that stands out about Concordia Law is the smaller size and access to the professors. You get to talk to them and know them really well. They care about making sure you succeed.
Q. Concordia Law is a Lutheran university with a mission to serve others. How did that impact your decision to attend the school?
A. I am a firm believer in doing unto others as you would have them do unto you. The mission of serving and giving back is something I have taken from my own family and I think it’s something everybody should do. So yes, it played a role in my coming to Concordia and it has followed me into my practice. I try and keep a couple of pro-bono cases going at all times.
Q. You went to college in Bellingham, Washington and were stationed in the Middle East during your time with the military. What was a pleasant surprise when you moved to Boise?
A. Mountain bike trails! That, plus the fact that rent here is so reasonable. I was able to ride my bike to school, which was awesome.
Q. You work with the Wounded Warrior Foundation. Talk a little bit about that.
A. This group does a fantastic job helping veterans that are adjusting after their time in service. I got involved with them during my time in law school as a way to volunteer and help guys give back.
Q. What advice do you have for veterans considering law school?
A. It’s not going to come easy, you have to put the work in and you have to put the time in. It’s no different than the military – you’re going to go through ups and downs, but keep your eye on the prize and you will get to the reward at the end.
Q. How would you describe Concordia University School of Law in one word?
A. Inviting. The people here are great and everyone is willing to help.