Defying Odds with UIC Law Student Stella McMillan
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From growing up in an orphanage to attending law school and pursuing my dreams is what I am most proud of. I have worked very hard to be this version of myself, but I would not be here without my village. I am truly grateful and humble for all the blessings that have come my way. I am very eager and ready to grind for the next obstacle/challenge as I know I am sitting on the shoulders of greatness.
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The road to law school was anything but easy. As a first-generation immigrant and disabled female, figuring out the process to apply and be accepted was incredibly challenging for Stella. She participated in the Summer College to Assess Legal Education Skills (SCALES) which gave her the opportunity to demonstrate that she possessed the requisite skills and potential to succeed in law school. And after completing the program and a faculty assessment, she was admitted into the JD program for Fall 2022.
Since being at UIC Law, Stella has worked to remain involved on campus. She was a 1L Legislative Delegate for the Student Bar Association (SBA) and was elected as the SBA Alumni Relations Liaison for the 2023-2024 school year. Stella also is a member of the Latinx Law Student Association and the Black Law Students Association.
Stella’s long term plans are to pass the bar, work, and make sure her family is financially stable. She is also aiming to make the USA national team for wheelchair basketball and participate in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics/Paralympics. This past summer, Stella was a 1L Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Summer Associate at Husch Blackwell. She is also a PADI & DJ certified scuba diver and mentored children with disabilities on how to scuba dive.