Erin Lupfer '17 (JD)

Erin Lupfer on campus at USD

USD invests in its students

"I was impressed by the beautiful campus but even more impressed with the interactions I saw between students and professors. USD Law invests in its students, and I could picture myself as a part of the USD Law community."

Legal interests: Appeals, International Law, Civil Litigation.
Bachelor's degree: BA in History, Spanish Minor, Davidson College, 2012.
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
Dream job: Supreme Court Justice (a girl can dream, right?) or any level judge.

  1. Q: When did you decide to pursue a law degree? 
    A:A Mock Supreme Court project in my high school AP Government class sparked my interest in pursuing a law degree. Academically, a law degree gives you a great understanding of society, because our laws reflect our values. Professionally, a law degree gives you a multitude of opportunities. I knew a law degree would only help me in life. 
  2. Q: Why did you choose USD School of Law?
    A: Visiting campus, meeting with Dean Garcia, and sitting in on a class sold me on USD Law. I was impressed by the beautiful campus, but even more impressed with the interactions I saw between students and professors. USD Law invests in its students, and I could picture myself as a part of the USD Law community. 
  3. Q: What is some of your previous professional experience? How did that experience help you decide to go to law school?
    A: I taught English in Madrid, Spain, for two years. I had already decided to go to law school, but my time there broadened my world view and allowed me to come to law school refreshed and focused. 
  4. Q: What advice would you give to a prospective student? What would you do differently if you had the chance?
    A: I would encourage prospective students to reach out to a lawyer in their community and ask to have an informational meeting or to shadow him or her in court one day. It can be helpful to get a lawyer's opinion on the law school experience, as well as a view into the daily life of someone in the legal profession. Also, after applying to schools, I would encourage prospective students to visit the campuses and sit in on a class to get a feel for each school's dynamic. 
  5. Q: What activities do you participate in at USD School of Law?
    A: I am Vice President of VICAM, and a member of San Diego Law Review, Moot Court, International Law Society, Phi Alpha Delta, and Women's Law Caucus.