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Incoming 1Ls, Meet Your Professors: Molly Corey

6/1/2020  - 

Professor Molly Corey, L’05, joined the faculty at Capital in August of 2018 after practicing law in state government for twelve years. She served as an Assistant Attorney General in Ohio from 2006 to 2012 and again from 2015 to 2018, primarily representing the Ohio Department of Natural Resources with a focus on oil and gas and mining law. In between her time at the AG’s office, she served as in-house counsel to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. Originally an English major in college, her unexpected career in the natural resources field provided her with some opportunities that most attorneys do not receive, like spending time in a coal mine in West Virginia and touring shale drilling rigs in Eastern Ohio. Professor Corey is originally from the Dayton area, and currently lives in Hilliard with her family. She is an avid hockey fan, and enjoys following our Columbus Blue Jackets.


What do you teach? 
I teach Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing.

What legal issue fascinates you and why?
Since law school, I have been fascinated with the areas of bioethics, especially as they relate to advancements in assisted reproductive technology (IVF). For instance, the definition of “parent”: what does this mean if a child is the product of two separate donors of genetic material, is carried by a gestational surrogate, and then raised by two other people? Does the child essentially have five “parents”? And what are the individual rights of each of these people throughout the process? These issues have the potential to become even more complicated in the future, as the number of women freezing their eggs increases, and as the ability to obtain genetic background information only becomes easier. 


Where did you attend law school?
Capital (2005)

What was your scariest moment in law school?
Probably early on, when I was in Property class and realized that I completely missed the analysis and holding in a case, even though I read the case three times. It seemed to me then that I would never figure out how to read cases, much less finish law school!

What was your proudest moment in law school?
When I was informed after my 2L year that I was accepted as a member of the Capital University Law Review for the 2004-2005 school year. In 2004, the Law School changed the criteria for Law Review acceptance to include the students with the highest grade in their legal writing section during their 1L year. I was unaware of the change, so my appointment to the Law Review took me by complete surprise.

What do you know now that you wish you had known in law school?
I wish that I had known how to make more connections with alumni and other local attorneys, because those connections are what lead to job offers after graduation. 


What advice do you have for first-year students?
If you find yourself confused, or struggling, or needing some clarification (as most everyone will during this first year), do not be afraid to attend office hours or contact your professors. We are here to help you succeed. Think of law school as a construction project: during your first year, your job is to create the foundation upon which the rest of your education (and your career) will be based. Without a strong foundation, the remaining years will be more difficult to complete. This is why seeking help as early as possible is key to your ultimate success.

What advice to you have for students after their first year?
Start thinking about what kind of lawyer you want to be, and make sure that you choose the upper level classes that will provide the best foundation for your career. For example, if you want to litigate, trial advocacy classes and an externship with a prosecutor’s office will put you ahead of the game after graduation. Also, take time to educate yourself on the different paths that lawyers take. There are so many opportunities, especially in Columbus, to practice in so many areas of law; talking with alumni and exploring externship is a great way to accomplish this goal.

What is the most common mistake upper-level students make?
Failing to make connections that will lead them to a job down the road.


What is your favorite book?
I love to read, and read many books each year, so this question is difficult for me to answer. One book that always sticks with me is “The Emperor of Ocean Park” by Stephen Carter, a law professor at Yale. I’ve also become enamored with the Inspector Gamache serves by Louise Penny, a Canadian author. 

What is your favorite movie?
Meet Me in St. Louis (Judy Garland musical) is a favorite. I also love Best in Show, and almost anything else from Christopher Guest. 

What is your favorite local restaurant?
Matt the Miller’s Tavern 

What is your favorite “undiscovered gem” in Columbus or nearby?
If you are a hockey fan, you must visit the R Bar in the Arena District. It is not likely “undiscovered” by hockey fans, but may not be known to those who do not follow the sport. 

For additional professor Q&A articles, see "Meet Your 1L Professors."