Amanda Edmonson '14 (JD)

Amanda Edmonson on campus

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Legal interests: Criminal law
Bachelor's degree: BA in Psychology, Santa Clara University, Class of 2011
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.
Dream job: Deputy public defender
Quote: I chose to attend law school to pursue a career as a criminal lawyer. I had an invaluable experience in my first-year criminal law class that reinforced my passion for criminal law.

  1. Q: What made you decide to come to USD School of Law?
    A: I knew I wanted to be in San Diego, and USD is the best school in the area. Law school causes stress and anxiety, but despite that stress, the students, faculty, and staff at USD are positive and make the experience more manageable and enjoyable.
  2. Q: During your first week here, what was one of the first things that impressed you?
    A: I was impressed at the caliber of students in my class. We have a variety of experiences and backgrounds that make for a unique and diverse learning experience.
  3. Q: What student activities have you explored at USD?
    A: In my first year, I participated in intramural mock trial tournaments and was involved in Pro Bono Legal Advocates (PBLA), Criminal Law Society, and Advocates for Children in Education (ACE). The clubs were a great way to meet people with similar interests and to gain experience as a first-year student. In my second year, I became a member of the San Diego Law Review, and in my third year, I will compete on the National Mock Trial Team.
  4. Q: How hard is law school? Is it more or less work than you thought?
    A: Law school is a lot of work, but it is manageable as long as you prepare accordingly and manage your time well. The material is dense, and you will be expected to know it in depth, which may take two or three readings, but it gets much easier with time.
  5. Q: What is the best thing that has happened to you here at law school?
    A: The best thing that has happened to me at law school is being accepted into the Juvenile Delinquency Clinic as a second-year student. I was able to work at the Public Defender's Office Juvenile Division while receiving credit. I had rewarding experiences working at the office and learned invaluable lessons at my placement.
  6. Q: What is some of your previous professional experience? How did that experience help you decide to go to law school?
    A: I came straight from undergrad to law school; so, I do not have much professional experience, but I played softball at Santa Clara University. Playing softball helped me to develop a work ethic that made the transition into law school successful.
  7. Q: What advice would you give to a prospective student? What things might you have done differently?
    A: Prospective students should bring passion and dedication to law school but should also make time for activities outside of law school. Law school is going to take up most of your time, but you have to be sure not to get too caught up in your stress. I make sure to find time to work out because it is a good stress reliever. I also try to take advantage of the city of San Diego and go to the beach, hike, or explore new parts of the city whenever I have time.