May 1, 2017
Jessica and Jalisa Curtis are twins who both understand the meaning of hard work. They both graduated high school with associate degrees and decided to continue their education at UCF. Both are also double majors in human communication and legal studies and will earn their bachelor’s degrees after three years at UCF.
“We first picked up human communication. We wanted to become great communicators to become even better lawyers,” said Jessica, who is taller than Jalisa by one inch. “We picked up legal studies because we wanted to know more about law and the legal field overall.” The twins have plans to open their own firm together someday.
After graduation this semester, Jessica and Jalisa will begin studying at North Carolina Central University School of Law. They will be a part of the Summer Start Initiative program, which begins in July.
“We could start in August, but we would rather start early in something we are passionate about,” said Jessica.
The sisters both prepared for law school by studying for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and capstone course three times a week. They each described this intense study schedule as the most difficult part of their undergraduate experience.
“We had tutoring sessions every Thursday and Sunday night, as well as Saturday morning,” Jessica said. “This was a lot to take in, but we kept to our schedule to ensure we passed both the LSAT and capstone.”
Jessica and Jalisa were inducted into Lambda Pi Eta, the official communication honors society, in the spring of 2015. Both also maintained a 3.5 or higher GPA and earned Dean’s List recognition every semester at UCF. Jessica said these achievements were the most fulfilling experiences of her undergraduate degree, although Jalisa disagreed.
“The most rewarding experience of my undergraduate experience was being accepted into law school,” said Jalisa, who is older than Jessica by an hour. “All my hard work has paid off and my dreams are coming true!”
In addition to their studies, Jessica and Jalisa also joined the National Black Law Student Association. They both served on the executive board for the 2016-2017 school year. Jessica served as historian and Jalisa served as treasurer. They credit the organization for giving them added insight to the legal field and providing networking opportunities. Jessica and Jalisa also had the opportunity to intern for the UCF Office of the General Counsel. Their six-week paid internship turned into a year-long co-op position. Both agreed that their time at UCF has meant a lot and has prepared them for their future.
“UCF has been a great experience,” said Jalisa. “I’m very excited to start this new journey.”
Jessica added, “We genuinely love UCF and enjoyed our experience here over the past three years.”