Sherlin Tung, Class of 2009
Legal interests: Civil litigation, bankruptcy, real estate property
Bachelor's degree: BA in History, Political Science & Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, 2005
Hometown: Born in Taipei, Taiwan - Grew up in Diamond Bar, Calif.
Dream job: Partner at a civil litigation firm
Quote: Law school is what you make of it, if you work hard and dedicate yourself, you will always obtain whatever goal you seek.
1) What made you decide to come to USD School of Law?
San Diego itself is a beautiful city where I knew that I could spend three years of my life and not regret it. USD itself offers a great program with top faculty who truly care about the students and whether or not they understand the subject matter. USD also provides students with a lot of support and encouragement, always willing to answer questions during the acceptance process with honest answers, even when USD might not be the top choice. The hard work and dedication of the staff in helping me make my decision without applying pressure on me to attend USD ultimately helped in my decision to come since I knew they would continuously be supportive of me during my years at school.
2) During your first week here, what was one of the first things that impressed you?
The friendliness of the staff and faculty in ensuring I knew what I was doing and what needed to be done. There was always someone there lending a helping hand whether it be a faculty member, staff or an upper class student.
3) What activities have you been involved in at USD School of Law?
Vice President of the SBA, President of the Public Interest Law Foundation, Vice President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Member of two National Moot Court Competitions (Thomas Tang and Duberstein Moot Court), International Law Journal, Social Chair of SBA, Member of the Diversity Committee.
4) How hard is law school? Is it more or less work than you thought?
A lot harder than I expected and a lot more work than I expected, however, the amount of time and effort put into law school pays off.
5) What is the best thing that has happened to you here at law school?
Meeting a whole new group of people (students, faculty and staff). The networking opportunities in San Diego are wonderful because the community is eager to help and get to know USD students.
6) What is some of your previous professional experience? How did that experience help you decide to go to law school?
Officer at Bank of America and English professor at a private Shanghai college. The variety in backgrounds made me realize how much I wanted to return to school and pursue a law degree so that I could one day use my degree and hopefully help others.
7) What advice would you give to a prospective student? What things might you have done differently?
Balance your life in between academics and extracurricular activities. Being buried in the library 24/7 isn’t a healthy decision. Once you learn how to balance fun and school, it makes law school a much better experience. If I could repeat 1L year again, I would have chosen to get out of the library more often.