Jimmy McEntee is a 1L from Philadelphia, PA. Jimmy studied Accounting and Spanish at Notre Dame before going straight to HLS. With a strong interest in corporate and securities law, he hopes to start his career at a firm.
I was born and raised in Swarthmore, PA, a small college town just outside of Philadelphia. In high school, I competed on a league-champion water polo team, captained the swim team, and participated in debate and mock trial on the side.
I chose to attend the University of Notre Dame for two specific reasons: strong academics and an excellent sense of community. My passion for sports carried over to my time at ND, where I loudly cheered on the football team to a national title appearance in 2012 (Go Irish!). The summer before my senior year I worked at Deloitte, a large accounting firm, in their Forensic and Dispute Services practice. At Deloitte, I had the opportunity to work on a large Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) case, as well as help conduct a shadow investigation of a Deloitte audit client.
Harvard Law School
After my summer at Deloitte, I made the decision to apply to law school rather than return to the firm as a full-time associate. While I enjoyed the experience, it was difficult for me to hand over the investigative work we had prepared to the Department of Justice and law firm to litigate. It quickly became clear to me that I wanted to work on the legal side from my experiences with the DOJ and law firm, and for that reason I chose to enter the legal profession right away.
After applying broadly to schools across the country, I chose to attend Harvard Law School because of the breadth of opportunities available to students. I have already, in the fall of my 1L year, taken advantage of several of these opportunities, having edited Harvard Business Law Review’s fall issue, assisted a small company with legal questions through the Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project, and spoken with several leaders in the sports industry brought to campus by the Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law. Having said that, perhaps my favorite moment from the fall was winning the co-ed intramural flag football championship with my 1L section in Harvard Stadium.
While I am confident that I want to work at a large firm after graduation, I am still trying to navigate what type of law I hope to practice. Due to my accounting background, I am drawn to corporate and securities work, but am also interested in entertainment law due to my passion for sports. I plan on using the upcoming summer to explore one of those areas further, and am excited for what the future holds.