Mallory Kruper

Mallory Kruper is the recipient of the 2015 Carpenter Pre-Law Prize


Mallory Kruper Chosen as Wooster’s Top Pre-Law Student

Senior international relations major wins Carpenter Pre-Law Prize; will attend George Washington Law School

23 April, 2015 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Mallory Kruper, a senior international relations and French studies major, has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 David L. Carpenter Pre-Law Prize. The award, which is presented annually to The College of Wooster's top pre-law student, recognizes academic achievement, participation in Wooster's Pre-Law Advising Program, experience as a student leader, and a commitment to personal honesty and integrity.

"I am incredibly honored to be this year's recipient of the Carpenter Prize, especially considering all of the impressive individuals who have received [the award] in past years," said Kruper, a graduate of York Suburban High School in York, Pa. "I am very excited to attend law school in the fall, and I thank everyone in the Wooster community for their support."

While at Wooster, Kruper was an active participant in the highly successful Moot Court program. She served as team captain and treasurer, and qualified for the national tournament as a senior, finishing fourth in the Respondent Brief category after placing second in the Orator Award category at the Upper Midwest Regional Tournament. She also was a co-recipient of both the Peter H. Gore Prize for excellence in the study of international relations and the Legal Alumni of Wooster Promising Pre-Law Student Book Prize. In addition, she was named to Pi Sigma Alpha political science honor society and Phi Sigma Iota foreign language honor society as well as the Dean's List, and served as an intern for the American Bar Association's Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities in Washington, D.C.

Kruper will attend The George Washington University Law School in the fall and may pursue a career in international or constitutional law. "I hope to help improve the injustices within my own community, but also work within the delicate balance of legal systems internationally and advocate for those around the world whose rights have been violated," she said. "I would love to work for the Justice Department on international human rights cases."

Mark Weaver, professor of political science at Wooster and coach of the moot court team said Kruper is a very deserving recipient of the Carpenter Prize. "She did an outstanding job as captain of the moot court team this year, demonstrating the kind of leadership that will take her far in her future career in the law," he said. "I also think that her internship with the American Bar Association's Death Penalty Due Process Project last summer enabled her to develop her research and administrative skills in a professional setting. Most importantly, Mallory is a great person whose compassion and kindness are evident in her daily interactions with everyone around her."

Established by the Figgie Family Foundation in 1999, the Carpenter Prize commemorates the life of the late David Lyle Carpenter, a 1965 Wooster alumnus who became a leading tax and corporate lawyer and a partner in the Cleveland law firm of Calfee, Halter & Griswold L.L.P. Prior to his death in 1999, Carpenter was recognized by Best Lawyers in America for excellence in corporate law. He was also an active member of the Heights Christian Church and served on the board of the National Conference for Community and Justice. At Wooster, he won departmental honors in economics, and lettered in track and field. He later attended the University of Michigan, where he earned both an M.B.A. and a J.D.