Coming from a family of lawyers, Kate Gilman's path had always been a clear one: She would power through college and law school and eventually work for a top firm. She graduated from Princeton University in 2009. From there, she went straight to Virginia School of Law and was offered a job at a top litigation firm in New York City in 2012. Her job was set to start in early 2013, so with six months to kill, she found an apartment near Union Square and started to prepare for the intense job ahead of her.
"I went to law school because I liked the idea and practice of being an advocate. I wanted to practice the most people-oriented law you could, like criminal law and family law," Gilman, 27, told The Huffington Post.