Irene Choe '16 (JD)

Irene Choe

Law school opens access to leaders and mentors

"The best thing about law school is that it allows you to access and meet amazing leaders and mentors. After my 1L summer, I am still so grateful to be able to turn to my supervising attorneys at the California Department of Justice and the creative nonprofit New Media Rights."

Legal interests: Soft IP, business, and government.
Bachelor's degree:  BA in Media Studies with a Philosophy minor, Scripps College, 2009.
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
Dream job: In-house counsel at a media company or work in the legal department at a government agency.

  1. Q: What is some of your previous professional experience? How did that experience help you decide to go to law school?
    A: I worked in news broadcasting in Seoul, while attending business school. I then moved to Los Angeles and was at an international corporation as a Strategy Analyst before coming to law school. I often experienced law tangentially in my professional life, and it became something I wanted to pursue fully.
  2. Q: Did you have to make any changes to your personal life to attend law school? Move to San Diego, for example?
    A: I moved to San Diego to attend law school, but this was where I grew up and lived through high school. It was great to have a reason to come back.
  3. Q: What advice would you give to a prospective student? What would you do differently if you had the chance?
    A: My advice would be to really think about what a law degree would do for you, and whether that would add any value to your particular life’s goals. If so, it's important to commit and accept upfront that your life will be largely devoted to studies and hard work for the next few years.
  4. Q: What activities do you participate in at USD School of Law? Moot court? Journals? SBA? Organizations? Clinics? Internships?
    A: I am an Associate Member of USD’s Journal of Climate and Energy Law, and clerk part-time at the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.
  5. Q: What is the best thing that has happened to you here at law school?
    A: The best thing about law school is that it allows you to access and meet amazing leaders and mentors. After my 1L summer, I am still so grateful to be able to turn to my supervising attorneys at the California Department of Justice and the creative nonprofit New Media Rights.