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Alumnus Tim Cantu (’10) Offers Career Advice to Aspiring Attorneys

Posted: March 3, 2015

Five years after his graduation from Thomas Aquinas College, Tim Cantu (’10) returned to campus this past weekend to offer advice to students who hope to pursue careers in law.

In a presentation that covered topics ranging from law-school admissions to the LSAT and the legal job market, Mr. Cantu shared his experiences of being, first, a student at the University of Notre Dame Law School and, now, a practicing attorney. “I think I was very well-prepared,” he said, speaking of his time at the College. “The LSAT is all about testing your reasoning ability, and there’s a big premium on thinking clearly and accurately. It’s tailor-made, I think, for TAC student because we are used to thinking on our feet in the classroom and engaging with problems and people.”

An attorney with Pepple Cantu Schmidt PLLC, Mr. Cantu works with the firm’s Clearwater, Florida, and Seattle, Washington, offices. After graduating from the College in 2010, he attended Notre Dame Law School, graduating in 2013. While there he was a Notes & Submissions Editor for the Notre Dame Law Review, and he spent his summers working for Professor Richard W. Garnett and at the law firm of Miller Johnson in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His current practice focuses on the acquisition, sale, development, and financing of multifamily housing and related business and litigation matters.

Mr. Cantu’s visit is part of a yearlong series of discussion and events sponsored by the College’s Office of Career Advisement. Previous presentations have included talks about business, medicine, architecture, nursing, business and technology, career strategies, and entertainment.