Veteran savors final year as a Bobcat

Benjamin Murray, JD ’24, immediately admired Quinnipiac’s veteran community when he enrolled in the School of Law and recognizes that being a Bobcat is a crucial part of his career journey.

“Earning a law degree from Quinnipiac is going to give my career and my future unrivaled flexibility,” said Murray. “It allows me to work in any number of areas as both my career and I grow."

In 2011, he completed a bachelor’s degree in political science and government and a master’s degree in political management.

After completing his bachelor’s degree, Murray was motivated to join the U.S. Army. He always considered the idea and especially wanted to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps, who served in World War II. He joined in 2012 and served for eight years.

Beginning as a combat medic in a field hospital unit in the 10th Mountain Division, he was stationed in New York, as well as selected to be the battalion command sergeant major’s aide. Following these positions, he was an enlisted aide to the 10th Mountain command sergeant major in Afghanistan in 2015-16. During deployment, Murray was selected for army recruiting duty to be fulfilled in Utica, New York, from 2017-20, guiding many through the enlistment process.

After serving for nearly a decade, he was drawn to Quinnipiac.

“I chose Quinnipiac because it provides excellent education with a fantastic community for veterans,” said Murray. “Other veterans I had talked to had good experiences at Quinnipiac and that was something important to me as that's not the case at every law school."

Jason Burke, executive director of veteran and military affairs, as well as his entire staff, have been extremely supportive of him, Murray said. They always have interesting activities and events, overall a great veteran's community, Murray added.

With fewer than two semesters left, Murray reflected on the success that this degree will provide. If he chooses to pursue a future in government by running a campaign or even running for office one day, he believes that this law degree will help get him there.

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