Curtis Davis '18 (JD)

Curtis Davis on campus at USD School of Law

Full-time interests; part-time schedule

"Strongly consider the part-time program, especially if you have a job you enjoy. The study of law has enhanced my ability as a teacher. The intellectual, social and professional growth thus far has allowed me to maximize performance in both school and work."

Legal interests: Education Law, Poverty Law, Public-Interest Law
Bachelor's degree: BA in Sociology and Legal Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2012
Hometown: Palm Desert, Calif.
Dream job: A mix of teaching the law and making justice more accessible by serving low-income clients within a collaborative and dynamic legal services organization.

  1. Q: When did you decide to pursue a law degree?
    A: There were two important moments. First, I found from undergraduate courses that the study of the law involves a dynamic blend of academic disciplines, including history, economics, philosophy, civil rights and sociology. Second, I realized the law would allow me to positively impact the lives of others.
  2. Q: Why did you choose USD School of Law?
    A: I moved to San Diego shortly after college. I thought it would be wise to continue cultivating my network here. USD offered the resources and location to do so.
  3. Q: What surprised you the most about law school?
    A: The accessibility of the professors and their ability to help us students engage critically with the material. Each professor’s methodology has been unique and interesting thus far.
  4. Q: How hard is law school? Is it more or less work than you thought?
    A: Extremely hard! Anyone who says otherwise is probably not telling the truth! As with most life experiences, the rewards are proportional to the time invested. So it’s easy to stay motivated. It requires more effort because there are never-ending opportunities outside the classroom.
  5. Q: What is some of your previous professional experience? How did that experience help you decide to go to law school?
    A: I taught third grade in an urban public school. Thereafter, I spent one year working as a legal assistant for a personal injury law practice. I currently teach at La Jolla Country Day School and attend the part-time evening JD program at USD. During my work as a teacher in an urban school, I realized circumstances outside the school environment hindered the academic achievement of my students. A law degree would help me more effectively empower these students to maximize their academic and life outcomes.
  6. Q: Did you have to make any changes to your personal life to attend law school? Move to San Diego, for example?
    A: I increased my commitment to developing culinary skills and a healthy diet. After a full day’s work and night classes, I cook (and enjoy!) a quality meal. I also prepare my green juice smoothie for the following morning!
  7. Q: What advice would you give to a prospective student? What things might you have done differently?
    A: Strongly consider the part-time program, especially if you have a job you enjoy. The study of law has enhanced my ability as a teacher. The intellectual, social and professional growth thus far has allowed me to maximize performance in both school and work. It also helps to have support at work. The team of educators around me has been my most valuable asset as a law student. As for doing anything differently, I would have assembled an organized inventory of school supplies. As a teacher who also studies law, I have learned that highlighters, notecards, and other essential school materials are vital for success!
  8. Q: What activities do you participate in at USD School of Law?
    A: I am a board member of Advocates for Children and Education (ACE). My responsibilities include the Education Liaison Program, which collaborates with the Public Defender's Office to pair law students with juvenile offenders who need support in school. I have also started to build relationships with the Education and Disability Clinic affiliates and plan to enroll in the program soon.
  9. Q: What is the best thing that has happened to you here at law school?
    A: I have learned to be comfortable while in uncomfortable circumstances. I have moved closer to achieving my goal: become an effective legal advocate by using my privilege to positively impact others.
  10. Q: How was the admissions process to USD School of Law? Was it more or less involved than you anticipated?
    A: It was much more involved than I anticipated. Since I applied while living in San Diego, I attended several prospective law school events. I built relationships with those in the admissions department. The admissions office maintained great communication and flexibility with me during the application and matriculation process.