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Former Pediatric Oncologist To Graduate From Emory Law School

Suman Malempati, who is gearing up to graduate from the Emory University School of Law, joins "Closer Look" to discuss why he decided to give up his career as a pediatric oncologist to pursue social justice law.
Suman Malempati, who is gearing up to graduate from the Emory University School of Law, joins "Closer Look" to discuss why he decided to give up his career as a pediatric oncologist to pursue social justice law.
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A former doctor turned law school student says it’s been a great three years.

“I’ve enjoyed school, but it’s nice to be done,” said former pediatric oncologist Suman Malempati.

The Emory University School of Law student, who is gearing up for graduation and has high hopes of becoming a civil rights lawyer, was a guest on Wednesday’s edition of “Closer Look.”

He told show host Rose Scott that he couldn’t recall one particular situation that led him to make a career switch, but his thoughts and ideas changed. And after five years of consideration, he decided to attend law school with dreams of tackling social justice issues after seeing several unarmed Black people dying at the hands of police officers.

“This whole social justice and idea of working to combat inequality never left me, even when I was doing pediatric oncology, doing direct patient care,” said Malempati.

During the conversation, Malempati praised his family and professors for their support on his law school journey.

“It’s thrilling to be at my age and to be able to start from the beginning, to start a new career and have something to look forward to,” said Malempati.

 To listen to the full conversation, click the audio player above.