All Rise for Alexis Wright
Senior on Path to Legal Career After Summer Internship
DENTON - Fans of the North Texas volleyball team know that outside hitter Alexis Wright is a dominant force on the court, but that's not the only court she wants to rule over.
The Arlington, Texas, native enters her senior year after working a summer internship with Bennett, Weston, LaJone & Turner, P.C., a law firm in Dallas whose practices range from business law to family law to aviation law. Wright worked with the bankruptcy and estate planning teams over the summer.
"It was a great experience," Wright said. "It was cool to be in the environment, see what they do, meet new people and make connections so I have somewhere to go after I go to law school."
A typical day included some traditional intern duties, along with maintaining their file database and occasionally scheduling appointments as a fill-in legal assistant. However, for a busy student-athlete, any hands-on experience is valuable.
"It's crucial because, as a student-athlete, you feel like you're behind sometimes because all you do is play sports," Wright said. "There's a lot of stuff you can transfer over, but it was cool to make those connections and be assured that you're not behind. It was calming to know that I'm in the right direction."
As an athlete, it should come as no surprise that Wright wants to work in sports or entertainment law. When asked what her dream job is, she quickly and confidently said sports agent.
"I love sports, but I don't want to play forever, so I think it would be cool to represent someone," Wright said. "It's a way to still be around sports without playing them."
If you asked Wright the same question 10 years ago, the answer would've been quite different. Her aspirations to be a pediatrician were short-lived for some very common reasons.
"I hate blood," Wright said, "and math."
For now, Wright's mind isn't set on her dream job or law school, but instead on leaving her legacy on Mean Green volleyball.
"I just want to be remembered as a good teammate and someone that was always there for them on and off the court," Wright said, "whether it's making them laugh or giving them that push in practice."
In fellow senior Amanda Chamberlain's opinion, Wright has achieved that goal, even if it's less about the laughter.
"As a teammate, Lex is definitely the aggressor," Chamberlain said. "She's the one to have that serious tone to the practice. If we need something done, she has that strict voice on the court. If we have to get our act together, she'll be the one to say it. She's more of a serious person, but off the court, she's a goof ball."
That aggression and seriousness in practice has resulted in Wright's 57 kills and 19 blocks in 2017, which both rank second on the team. Last weekend, she surpassed the 600 career kill mark. When it comes to transferring her talent and attitude from one court to another, Chamberlain sees a lot of potential in Wright.
"Lawyers debate things and she's the type to debate something with you." Chamberlain said. "If you're wrong, she'll let you know it. If you're right, she'll say 'I think you're right, but there's also this perspective.' I think having those different perspectives is something she'll use to get things done."
"That's just my personality," Wright said. "I always say how I feel all the time."