College student preparing for legal career

May 11, 2011
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Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne student Christopher Akinyemi is getting some real world experience with the legal system before becoming a law student.

MSNBC had a blog about the Indiana man who has taken several big companies to small claims court when he feels like he’s been taken advantage of and the company isn’t doing all it can to remedy problems. He says his goal isn’t the money, but to make the companies do right by people. “I have a heart for justice in business. I’m on a mission to show you don’t have to pay a lawyer $225 an hour to get your voice heard,” he said.

The blog post goes into all the companies Akinyemi has sued, such as Priceline and Dell Inc., and how he usually gets a settlement of $500 or more. How does he do it? He tells the companies’ attorneys that instead of paying the attorneys to come to the courthouse, why don’t we just settle?

He tells people not to be intimidated by the process and encourages every consumer to know how to use small claims court. According to the post, he hopes to go to law school once he graduates from IPFW.

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