Yousaf Jafri '16 (JD)

Yousaf Jafri

Reach out to the legal profession

"Reach out to friends or family that went to law school or who are now practicing attorneys to get a sense of what law school and practicing the law are like. Even if you don't have a direct connection, try to contact attorneys in the field you want to practice in. Many attorneys are open to speaking with students and have good advice to give."

Legal interests: Tax, intellectual property, healthcare and employment law.
Bachelor's degree:  BS in Biology, BA in Political Science, University of California, San Diego, 2013.
Hometown: Santa Ana, Calif.
Dream job: Open up my own law firm and teach on the side.

  1. Q: Why did you choose USD School of Law?
    A: I chose USD School of Law for three main reasons: I was impressed by the school's reputation as one of the best law schools in the region; USD offered me a generous financial aid package thus making it affordable for me to attend; and, most importantly, I wanted to be near my friends and family.
  2. Q: What surprised you the most about law school?
    A: What surprised me the most has been the amount of time law school and extracurriculars take up. Organization and doing work efficiently is key. I knew law school would be hard work and I was prepared for it, but until you're in class and have other obligations to balance (including taking care of yourself and being with loved ones), it's difficult to get a true sense of the law school experience.
  3. Q: What advice would you give to a prospective student? What would you do differently if you had the chance?
    A: I would recommend reaching out to any friends or family you have that went to law school or who are now practicing attorneys to get a sense of what law school and practicing the law are like. Even if you don't have a direct connection, I would encourage trying to contact attorneys in the field you want to practice in. Many attorneys are open to speaking with students and have good advice to give.
  4. Q: If you could tell a potential student one thing about law school in general, what would it be?
    A: Take your time in deciding whether or not to attend law school. Do your research and make sure the profession is the right fit for you.
  5. Q: What activities do you participate in at USD School of Law? Moot court? Journals? SBA? Organizations? Clinics? Internships?
    A: I am currently on the Associate Board for Moot Court and will be on the Executive Board for the International Law Journal next year. Both are great ways to improve your oral advocacy and legal research and writing skills. I would recommend looking at the many organizations here at USD Law to see what you're interested in--just don't over commit yourself or you'll feel overwhelmed.
  6. Q: What is the best thing that has happened to you here at law school?
    A: I am very grateful for the opportunities I have had here at USD Law, so it's difficult for me to point out just one thing. It was a great experience working at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP as an SDCBA Diversity Fellow last summer and I'm looking forward to working at Lincoln, Gustafson & Cercos LLP this summer. In addition to the professional opportunities USD has afforded me, I have also become friends with some of the most intelligent and talented people I have ever known.