The courage
to question,
the support to find answers

your support will:

  • Enable students to put their graduate education to its fullest use. Lower debt allows our graduate students to choose careers that reflect their skills and aspirations, not their loan payments.
  • Help us attract the most competitive candidates for graduate study and research, which in turn draws outstanding faculty to our programs and upholds WashU’s strength and reputation as a whole.
  • Free up resources our schools use for financial aid, allowing them to reallocate those dollars to academic programs, experiential learning opportunities, state-of-the-art facilities, and more.

Nicholas Armstrong

Class of 2023, School of Law
Michael Schiff Family Scholar in Law

Fulfilling a desire to make a lasting impact

Nicholas Armstrong’s career in urban planning and development was off to a strong start even before he came to WashULaw. Now as a JD student, he is adding the skills and perspectives of the legal field to make a lasting and positive impact through his work.

Lawyers have a critical role to play in urban planning that truly strengthens and serves communities

Nicholas Armstrong

“Lawyers have a critical role to play in urban planning that truly strengthens and serves communities,” Nicholas says. At WashU, he’s building a deep knowledge of case law, precedent, and legal analysis, along with skills like negotiation, which lie at the heart of the field.

As a law student, Nicholas has been an editor of WashU’s Journal of Law and Policy and a summer associate at Thompson Coburn LLP. “WashU and St. Louis have been very good to me,” he says, and it’s an investment he hopes to return in service. By leveraging his WashU education to serve others, he’ll fulfill his great-grandmother’s vision. “She always told me, ‘You need to go further [through education] … and use what you learn to make a difference.’”

We define the future by investing in his