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Law School Snapshot: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

3L, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

I decided to go to law school in order to become an agent of change. In my community, I observed discrimination in the prosecution of crimes and felt this needed to change. I went to law school to become an advocate for those who need a voice and may not be able to navigate the legal process without the assistance of a lawyer.

I chose to attend the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento California because this school was located in the capital of California, the center of lawmaking in the state. Additionally, McGeorge has a beautiful campus and a great reputation in the legal community. The best place to study at McGeorge is in the quad. This is because the quad is very peaceful as it is surrounded by trees. One of McGeorge’s most famous graduates is the Honorable Judge Consuelo Callahan who presides over the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Additionally, Justice Kennedy was a Professor at McGeorge before being appointed to the Supreme Court and frequently visits the McGeorge campus to give lectures.

Law school is very stressful. To keep my stress level in check I make sure to go to the gym regularly, practice yoga, and meditate. The advice I would give a 1L would be to write down the reason you came to law school on a piece of paper. I would advise them to do this because law school is stressful, and there are points where everyone wonders why they are going through all the late nights, endless reading, and general stress. In these moments, looking at the paper where you wrote your original motivations can remind you of the future and what you want to do with your law degree. When I take a law school exam, I always listen to EDM (Electronic Dance Music) with my noise cancelling headphones up until the last minutes before the exam. This drives the proctors nuts, but listening to music and tuning out everyone else’s stress in the exam room helps me mentally prepare for exams.

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