Don’t freak out. Ask questions.
"I found that consulting my professors and classmates and breaking the material into manageable portions made it much easier for me to get a handle on the material."
Legal interests: Civil litigation and securities litigation.
Bachelor's degree: BA in Political Science, University of California, San Diego.
Hometown: Santa Cruz, Calif.
Dream job: Travel journalist.
- Q: When did you decide to pursue a law degree?
A: This probably sounds a little cliché, but I started watching crime shows with my dad when I was in fourth grade. Law captured my interest at an early age and the law classes I took during my undergraduate study solidified my decision to go to law school.
- Q: Why did you choose USD School of Law?
A: I attended undergrad at UCSD. Once you get to San Diego, it’s hard to leave.
- 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 marketing for several years throughout my undergraduate career. It helped me realize that I didn’t want to do marketing. I enjoy the fast-paced environment of the legal world, as well as the challenge and creativity involved in law.
- Q: Did you have to make any changes to your personal life to attend law school?
A: I had to get really good at time management, really fast. The transition from my senior undergraduate year and my 1L year was difficult, and I really had to commit to learning the material on my own outside of class.
- Q: What advice would you give to a prospective student? What would you do differently if you had the chance?
A: Don’t freak out. Ask questions when you have them. I found that consulting my professors and classmates and breaking the material into manageable portions made it much easier for me to get a handle on the material.
- Q: What activities do you participate in at USD School of Law?
A: I am a part of Law Review. This past year, I worked as a research assistant for Professor Fox, and I interned at the Civil division of the US Attorneys Office in Fall. I will be a summer associate in the civil litigation department at Cooley, LLP, in summer, and I will be clerking for a Judge for the Superior Court in the fall. I will also be working on an independent research project with Judge Sammartino on the Judicial History of the Southern District.
- Q: What is the best thing that has happened to you here at law school?
A: The best thing that has happened to me since coming to USD is all of the amazing people that have become my close friends. Law school is a very unique experience and I think that has bonded us in a pretty unique way. I have made some lifelong friends here and I am very thankful for that.
- Q: How was the admissions process to USD School of Law? Was it more or less involved than you anticipated?
A: The admissions process went smoothly for me and was pretty much as expected. Anytime I had a question, the Office of Admissions responded almost immediately which made managing the stress of the application process much easier.