Hot Bench: Jordin Dickerson '20

Jordin Dickerson ‘20

What are you most excited about being back?

Being back so I can finish, and seeing all of my friends.


Do you have any 3Lol goals?

To finish the Monticello Wine Trail.


What is your favorite word?  



Where did you grow up? 

Fayetteville, North Carolina.


Oh, so how has Hurricane Dorian been impacting you?

I went to undergrad a county over from my hometown and they’ve had classes cancelled. Where I’m from is a poorer county and is more rural so it floods easily. I’m more nervous for my undergrad because of how rural it is and how easily it floods, so I hope people are okay and don’t get trapped without a way to leave.


What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?

Definitely when I was in Italy. Homemade pasta with pesto in an amazing restaurant. It was sooo good.


If you could meet one celebrity, who would it be and why?

Leonardo DeCaprio, because he’s beautiful and cares about climate change.


What’s your favorite hobby to avoid the stress of law school? 



What show?

It’s between The Office and Parks and Rec, but I pick one to watch all the way through and then switch to the other one.


What did you think about the Game of Thrones ending?

Terrible. Very disappointing. They should’ve just ended it at the Battle of Winterfell.


Where is your favorite place to vacation?

The beach, generally. As long as there’s water and a place to lay down, and a beverage (alcoholic?) I’m happy.


What’s something you wish you’d known about law school before coming to UVA Law?

I had no lawyers in my family, so I really feel like I didn’t know anything. I wish I knew first year would be the hardest academically speaking.


Have the other years been harder in different ways?

I’m much busier now, but class is much easier, so it’s a balance.


Would you have done anything differently if you knew what you wished you’d knew?

I wouldn’t have taken four exams second semester and now have a strong policy to not take more than two exams in any one semester.


What did you have for breakfast this morning?

An iced coffee.


What’s your most interesting two-truths- and-a- lie?

1.     There is a 17 year age gap between one of my siblings and I.

2.     I’ve never seen Star Wars.

3.     I lived in Italy for two years.


If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Italy, because I love pasta, pizza, and wine. Plus, in the afternoon, everything closes for a nap. What more could you want?


What’s your least favorite sound? 

Whining, whether it’s a kid or an adult. I hate whining.


What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

My first bike when I was seven for Christmas.


Who gave it to you?

My mom and stepdad at the time. They did a scavenger hunt for it, and my sister and I found matching bikes on the back porch.


Backstreet Boys or *NSYNC?

*NSYNC, hands down. No question.


What is the best concert you have ever been to?

J Cole, in Fayetteville, at the end of his 2014 Forest Hills Drive album. That was the address where he lived in Fayetteville. He brought Drake and Jay-Z along, it was awesome.


What’s your favorite thing to do in Charlottesville?

Go to Brazos!


If you could make one rule that everyone had to follow, what would it be?

To acknowledge and be thankful for what you have.


If you won the lottery, what would you do with it?

I’d open a pro bono legal office and practice there.


Peter Dragna: Wow, really? I hope you never win


Jordin: Okay I’d pay off my student debt and go on vacation too. But I’d still want to work, I didn’t do all this schooling to not do something with it.


If you had Matrix-like learning, what would you learn?

Foreign languages. Ideally all of them.


If you could be in the Olympics, which sport would you compete in?

Race walking. It is the funniest thing, the rules are so strict and it’s awesome to watch.


Where is a place you haven’t been but want to travel to?

Peru. I’ve never been to South America and want to see Machu Picchu.


What are you looking forward to after you graduate?

I guess actually practicing. I like being in court, which I knew after this summer, and you don’t really get to do that in law school.


What are you going to miss most about law school?

I’m going to miss talking with my friends at the ScoCo table. And glaring at people who take it without understanding that it’s OUR table.