Kathryn Kuethman AHS ’13, UF ’17, Columbia Law ‘20
One of the First Students in AHS’ Pre-Law Program is a Successful Lawyer at a Manhattan Law Firm
From her office in New York City at the global law firm of White & Case LLP, Kathryn Kuethman reflects on her years at American Heritage Schools’ Palm Beach campus with gratitude. “Without having the opportunity to go to a high school that has pre-professional programs, I’m not sure if I would have gone on the path to be a lawyer,” Kathryn says. “I feel very fortunate to have been able to both identify and develop my interest in the law at such a young age.”
She attended AHS from 8th to 12th grades and was very involved as one of the first students in the Honors Legal Studies pre-law program. Not only was Kathryn captain of the mock trial team and an officer in the Pre-Law Society, she was also president of model UN and played on the Stallions soccer team as a freshman and sophomore.
“My most memorable experience at AHS is our mock trial team’s trip to Denver, Colorado to participate in a national mock trial competition. I had never been to the West Coast and never experienced such a high level of competition. It was so much fun to get to travel with my teammates to a cool new place,” Kathryn recalls. “And the mock trial case was based on a real life unsolved mystery, which was super interesting (albeit a bit nerdy),” she adds.
After Kathryn graduated from AHS in 2013, she went on to earn her B.A. in Political Science and Criminology from the University of Florida in 2017 and her Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School in 2020. Kathryn is an associate attorney in the commercial litigation group at White & Case LLP where she works on a variety of contracts and business disputes, as well as bankruptcy-related litigation.
Kathryn attributes her success to valuable lessons she learned at American Heritage, such as how to thrive in an environment surrounded by highly motivated and intelligent classmates. “That is something that really came in handy in law school and at my law firm job now,” she says. “The skills and critical thinking I apply every day as a lawyer, I first developed in my pre-law classes and mock trial experiences. It certainly made me feel like I had an extra level of preparation going into law school.”
Speaking from experience, Kathryn encourages current students to take advantage of the all the unique opportunities that AHS provides. “The pre-professional programs, extracurricular activities, and individualized attention offered can really set you apart as you move forward in life.”
Living in NYC, Kathryn continues to take advantage of her surroundings. She spends her free time exploring, going to Broadway shows, new restaurants, and museums, and taking long walks through Central Park. She still keeps in touch with several of her former mock trial teammates and pre-law classmates. Living in different cities doesn’t stop them from mini reunions and continuing to share milestones together like weddings! The lasting memories from Heritage will live on as our alumni continue to succeed and remain part of each other’s lives.