Published 03/22/16

Julien Dumont '14: Associate at Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP

Searching for a small school experience, Julien Dumont ’14 found a good fit in Bryant, where he majored in Politics and Law. Bryant’s small class sizes drive greater interaction with professors, serving as a solid foundation for law school.

“Law professors relying on the Socratic Method pose a series of questions to test your knowledge. Though Bryant professors used the tool less formally, they placed a heavy emphasis on questions and answers, forcing us to be prepared and to think more deeply.”

While at Bryant, Dumont interned with R.I. Public Defenders Office and with District Court Judge Colleen Hastings.

Professors also stressed the importance of applying these critical thinking skills outside of class. Heeding their advice, Dumont secured internships with the Rhode Island Public Defenders Office, where he conducted intake interviews to determine financial eligibility, and with Judge Colleen Hastings of District Court in Rhode Island. Under her tutelage, Dumont conducted legal research and assisted with drafting court decisions.

“These experiences cannot be simulated in a classroom. Judge Hastings challenged me to always be curious because a lot of the law is continuously researching.”

Armed with this invaluable advice and the ability to engage in deliberate thought processes, Dumont excelled at Wake Forest Law. Upon graduation, he joined the Atlanta-based firm of Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP as an associate in the Commercial Finance practice group that handles the negotiation, structuring and documentation of commercial loan transactions.

“I primarily focus on representing lenders in structuring, documenting, negotiating and closing credit facilities secured by borrowers' assets [loans also referred to as asset-based lending]. I also research and analyze issues related to specific types of assets.”

Dumont’s star is shining brightly and no matter where his career takes him, he will always credit Bryant for his success. “Bryant produces hard-working people which is very important in law. The one-on-one relationships you develop with professors cannot be replicated at other schools. I think the world of Bryant.”