Jake Rea discusses how E&H impacted his career

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Rea credits his involvement, faculty interaction and experience at Emory & Henry for helping him decide his career path.

Rea is currently an Associate Attorney with Thomas, Fisher, Sinclair and Edwards in Greenville, South Carolina where he practices in the areas of trust and estate law, specifically estate planning and probate as well as mergers and acquisitions. 

“The list of faculty and staff at Emory & Henry that helped me get where I am is just too long,” says Rea. “I spent a lot of time in a variety of departments at Emory & Henry, and almost everyone there helped me immensely in one way or another.”

As a former member of the football team, Pi Gamma Mu and Student Government Association, Rea credits his leadership roles and the expectations placed on him from Dr. Roper and Coach Montgomery among others for preparing for the “real world” and real working hours. 

Dr. Fowlkes connected Rea with Judge James P. Jones at the Western District of Virginia, where he learned legal researching and writing skills that prepared him for law school. The hands-on experience he gained was essential to helping him make the decision to go to law school after graduation and start taking the necessary steps to get there. 

Once he made the decision to go to law school, his professors worked to help him prepare for the LSAT and future law school courses. Dr. Saliba and Dr. Lane were crucial to his success in high-level political science courses, while Dr. Stanley taught him about accounting and prepared him for future tax law courses and eventually earning his LLM in Taxation. The idea of becoming a business lawyer came from discussions and working with Professor Macione. 

After graduating from Emory & Henry in 2010 with a B.S. in Management and a B.A. in Physical Education, Rea earned his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2015 and his LLM in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 2016.

“Take lots of different courses,” advises Rea for future students. “Get to know your professors and your classmates. Get to know the professors and classmates that you don’t have classes with. Be as involved as possible.” 


  • Jake Rea
    Jake Rea
The list of faculty and staff at Emory & Henry that helped me get where I am is just too long. I spent a lot of time in a variety of departments at Emory & Henry, and almost everyone there helped me immensely in one way or another.
- Jake Rea

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