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March 3, 2017

Life as a Law School Blogger

What should I do with my life after college? Should I go to law school? Would I even be able to survive law school? What do lawyers even really do? For a solid year, these questions circulated through my head constantly. As people do for anything nowadays, I turned to the Internet to get answers to my questions. What I found were articles published by news or legal sites that gave me generic answers like, "you have to answer this for yourself," or, even more discouraging, "no, you shouldn't." I didn't personally know many people in law school, but I wanted a personal answer. While…
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November 15, 2016

When I Grow Up I Want To Be A Family Law Lawyer

My name is Nina-Marie Tauscher, and I am a graduating senior at UCLA. Unlike most early twenty-somethings, I know exactly what I want to do with my life. I’ve known since I was ten years old. From the moment I began taking seriously the question “what are you going to be when you grow up?” the answer has always been, a family law lawyer. Now that isn’t to say that I haven’t had my fair share of doubt and existential dread. Life threw as many curve balls at me as it does to anyone else. I never expected to end…
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November 12, 2016

An Inside Look From The First Semester of Law School

In case you are wondering, the first two months of law school are like clicking the “unlock” button on your car keys to try and open your school locker at the end of the day. Yes, this actually happened to me. I understand now why so many people confess that the first year of law school is the most difficult. Never in my life have I been surrounded in one room by so many intelligent minds, so many go-getters and type-A personalities. Nor have I ever left a class so mentally drained, confused, and even sometimes discouraged (except maybe after…
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October 31, 2016

How Feeling Powerless Made Me Want to Become a Lawyer

I was born in Hollywood, California in 1994. I am an Armenian descendant of two immigrant parents--my father and his family moved to the United States from former Soviet Union rule in Armenia, and my mother came from Beirut, Lebanon during the late 70s. Although I grew up living in Los Angeles, life for me was quite different from the average American-born citizen. Starting from my adolescent years in an Armenian private school to when I transitioned to an American public school, I realized early on that I live in a diverse country where even little kids experience the cruelty…
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July 22, 2016

My 1L Summer

My name is Cindy Park and I attend Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law. I am a rising 2L. When Rachel Gezerseh came to my law school with her presentation, “Break Into BigLaw,” I connected with her immediately. When she told us her story I felt as though she was “singing my life with her song.” She was coming from a lower-ranked law school, she had worked before and was trying to break into big law. I, by the very nature of being at her presentation, was trying to make myself as marketable as possible to increase my…
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July 8, 2016

Thoughts From a First Generation Law Student

I am a first generation Mexican-American. I grew up in a very traditional Mexican household. The only thing that was not traditional was that my father has always valued the opinion of the women in his life as being equal to a man’s opinion. My parents obtained only an elementary school education, but that did not stop them from always encouraging and supporting my education. From the time I was young, my parents encouraged me to pursue a career. My father would tell me in Spanish, “tu vas a ser una licenciada,” (you will be a college graduate or a…
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June 16, 2016

How A Blessing in Disguise Led Me to Law School

In January 2013, my boss asked me to come into his office. He gave me a choice of accepting a demotion or starting a “Performance Improvement Plan” that would essentially lead to my firing. I was devastated by this news. I had been with the same company for 12 years and assumed I would be there for life. My wife and I had adopted our son only two years before. They both counted on me. Now, faced with the choice of a demotion or likely being fired, the choice was pretty simple. I took the demotion and once again became…
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June 6, 2016

Big Decisions, Big Dreams, and the Voice that Brought Me Here

In light of Rachel Gezerseh’s recent article, Perspective: In Law, Women Need to Help Other Women, I’d like to share my own experiences as a woman soon to embark on her legal career. I met Rachel shortly after receiving several law school acceptance letters, at a time when I desperately needed guidance—but didn’t even know it. On a warm Tuesday afternoon in late February, in between classes and a trip to the gym, I walked into a Pre-Law Society Meeting at SDSU where Rachel was presenting on BigLaw. My expectations were simple: listen intently, perhaps take a few notes, and…
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June 1, 2016

My Journey to Law School

Photo courtesy of J. Gbujama Hello everyone! My name is Jo and I am a sophomore at the University of California, Riverside. I’ve wanted to become a lawyer for a very long time. Here is what I've done so far to achieve my goals: Starting in high school, I was involved in various activities that helped further my interest in the law. As a freshman, I joined the high school debate team because I thought it would develop my speaking skills. After practicing and coaching, I ended up on the varsity team and was a captain by my sophomore year.…
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May 27, 2016

Finding My Path To Law

Photo courtesy of N. Martin.           Initially undeclared. When I started college, I would have never thought that I would decide to pursue law. I attend UC Riverside and began school with an undeclared major. During my first year, I took a sociology class and was stunned by the material about inequalities between race, class, and gender. Learning these things made me think about what career path I wanted to pursue. I knew that I wanted to help people, especially those in the least advantaged positions. However, I also knew that I wanted to have a…
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