The value of a law degree
Legal interests: Real estate, energy law, and international transactions in real estate or mergers/acquisitions
Bachelor's degree: BS in Finance, University of San Diego, Class of 2011
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Dream job: Facilitating and negotiating real estate and business acquisitions between large U.S. corporations and business in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe
Quote: USD School of Law fosters independent thinking and growth. Because the law school is fairly small, dialogue and ideas are debated in every class. With highly intelligent students discussing the big ideas of our age, it is a great feeling to realize I am a part of the future cadre of America.
- Q: What made you decide to come to USD School of Law?
A: I chose USD School of Law because I knew from my undergraduate experience what a special environment USD creates for students. It is special when you find a place that can correctly foster both competition and hard work, but also respect and collaboration with fellow students.
- Q: During your first week here, what was one of the first things that impressed you?
A: One of the first things that impressed me about USD Law was the quality of law professors. Most of our professors hail from a top 10 law schools, possess an unbelievable amount of knowledge, yet are able to bring it down to a very basic level to help students understand complex legal terms and ideas.
- Q: What activities have you been involved in at USD School of Law?
A: I am involved in numerous activities at USD. To help hone my interests, I am a board member of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society and belong to the Real Estate and Land Use Society. To blow off some steam, I am on an intramural softball team—though we tend to boost the confidence of our opponents more so than ourselves.
- Q: How hard is law school? Is it more or less work than you thought?
A: Quite simply, law school is not easy. Because I was heavily forewarned, I can't say it is more work than I thought it would be. What I can say is that it is tough, the workload is heavy, and the reward and feeling of accomplishment is also much greater than I have experienced before.
- Q: What is the best thing that has happened to you here at law school?
A: A lot of great things have happened at law school, so it is tough to pinpoint a high point. To narrow it down, I would say the people I have met and the way my brain has been altered to think differently are certainly in the top two. These are some of the most real, hardest working colleagues I have ever been around.
- Q: What is some of your previous professional experience? How did that experience help you decide to go to law school?
A: After graduating with my finance degree, I formed a real estate investment corporation. I realized the importance of law almost immediately. With a JD, you come to the table well informed of the potential liabilities of many deals. People want to include you in their deals; having an attorney around makes them feel safer.
- Q: What advice would you give to a prospective student? What things might you have done differently?
A: Find a school where you know you'll be happy and comfortable. Cherish your free time before law school and try to understand the big picture of what you're trying to learn. We're taught so many specific areas of the law, sometimes it's hard to visualize how the pieces come together. I really wouldn't change much that I've done. If anything, I would have worked even harder during my first semester, if that's possible.