Quinnipiac law student gains his second graduate degree in hopes of making a difference

May 04, 2023

andy keller, a gray haired man with a gray beard smiles at the camera wearing a black blazer and a white button up in front of a green background

Andrew Keller, JD ’23, MD, had already gone through eight years of tertiary education when he entered the workforce. That didn’t stop him from applying to law schools nearly 40 years after graduation.

Keller is a graduating with a juris doctor with a health law specialty — no surprise considering his background. Having lived in Connecticut for years, he knew of Quinnipiac. But it took nearly winning a Frozen Four semifinals game in 2016 to put the school solidly on his radar, and when he decided to apply to law schools, the appeal of Quinnipiac’s proximity led to his application.

When he was accepted, the recently retired cardiologist was excited to have somewhere close to home where he could attend school, instead of the many options in New York that would be a much longer commute.

With his 45-minute commute to the North Haven Campus, Keller quickly got well acquainted with the Lynne L. Pantalena Law Library. With dozens of little nooks and areas to study, it became his favorite place on campus.

Inspired to go to law school by what he witnessed in the medical field, he is slightly glad that he went back to school during the pandemic.

“I would’ve been lost without law school. It gave me purpose and a reason to wake up every day, just looking to accomplish some small pieces of the law puzzle. Our faculty was very supportive throughout the pressures of the pandemic and it made a huge difference,” Keller said.

Right before the COVID-19 pandemic was one of the most confusing times for medical professionals, and while Keller had a new focus, he couldn’t help but see the downsides of medicinal practice around the world.

“Medicine is in a sad state of affairs right now. I went to law school in the hopes of developing the skills to help change that and, with hard work, make the systemic changes that the profession needs in order to adapt.”

Now, as he openly admits he thinks like a lawyer, he cannot wait to join his wife’s law practice. Focused on representing parents and guardians of children with disabilities and young adults with disabilities, the firm looks to protect vulnerable children who are frequently overlooked.

While Keller’s excited to move on, he’s sad to leave behind the people he’s worked with for the past three years. “I know everyone will be so successful in their careers, but meeting and working with many wonderful students was the best part of my time here. I’ll always remember my first day and I appreciate the different perspectives that all these students were able to give me. That’s my advice for incoming students: Meet new friends, do your readings, don’t be afraid to speak your opinion and make sure you understand the basics.”

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