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Vanessa Rousso: Renowned Poker Player and Student at University of Miami School of Law

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Currently ranked in the top 5% of her class at University of Miami School of Law, Vanessa Rousso is also one of the top 10 female money earners of all time on the World Series of Poker and the World Poker Tour circuits. Known as the ''Lady Maverick of Poker,'' Rousso, 24, is completing her third year of law school and is the youngest woman in history to compete in the finals of a WSOP-circuit event.

With an undergraduate degree in economics from Duke University, Rousso plans to practice securities litigation after law school. However, the practice of law may have to wait a few years while the young poker champ pursues still more titles and lucrative prizes.

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"I will likely defer the practice of law for a few years while I pursue the business opportunities that have been made available to me as a result of my success in poker," Rousso said.

While her counterparts routinely pursue internships prior to law school graduation in order to gain practical legal experience, Rousso spends summers traveling the country to compete in professional poker tournaments.

"I have been offered internships with some very prestigious law firms that I have repeatedly turned down to play the World Series of Poker, which takes place each summer," Rousso said.

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