Claude Durden '15 (JD)

Claude Durden

Build upon past successes

Legal interests: Corporate, environmental, and family law
Bachelor's degree: BA in Psychology, Law and Society, University of California, Riverside, 2012
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Dream job: Working in-house at Fortune 500 company

  1. Q: What made you decide to come to USD School of Law?
    A: In undergrad I took a few classes dealing with tort in product liability, which fueled my interest in law and lead me to USD.
  2. Q: During your first week here, what was one of the first things that impressed you?
    A: I was really impressed by how well accomplished and personable the other law students were. After hearing how cutthroat the competition would be in law school, I was surprised by the relaxed environment at USD and how friendly and respectful the students were to one another.
  3. Q: What activities have you been involved in at USD School of Law?
    A: I have been involved in Black Law Student Association (BLSA) group and the campus intramural sports program.
  4. Q: How hard is law school? Is it more or less work than you thought?
    A: The best way to describe law school is to imagine undergrad finals week, every week. Despite that, the workload is manageable, and learning new things is also fun.
  5. Q: What is the best thing that has happened to you here at law school?
    A: I received the California Bar Foundation Diversity Scholarship. It was an exciting moment for me.
  6. Q: What is some of your previous professional experience? How did that experience help you decide to go to law school?
    A: I work at UPS. It didn’t really factor in much to my decision to attend law school, but it was a great professional experience.
  7. Q: What advice would you give to a prospective student? What would you have done differently?
    A: I would encourage anyone who doubts their ability to succeed in law school to take the next step in furthering their education. Coming from the community college level, I had some doubts about whether I could excel at the university level, and I did very well. Entering into law school, I had similar doubts, but I used the self-efficacy gained from prior successes to take the leap into law school. It is one of the best decisions I have made in my life.