As a prospective law student, you likely have a host of questions about the student experience at Gonzaga University School of Law.
Our Ambassadors are here to answer your questions, and to give you a sense of what you might expect to experience as a student here.
They’ll be happy to give you an insider’s view of Gonzaga and the Spokane area. Any time you have a question, they’re as close as an email.
I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest where I graduated from Seattle University. During undergrad, I worked as an inpatient counselor for children who were victims of abuse and trauma. That job was in line with my intended career in the social services. But while there, I was able to observe the role of attorneys and their ability to bring about positive results for their young clients by working within the legal system. That is when I became interested in attending law school.
Still, the cost, time commitment and fear prevented me from pursuing a law degree for some time until I realized that regret would outweigh all of those considerations. That realization led me to Gonzaga Law where I discovered the thrill of pursuing a vocation. My three years at Gonzaga flew by, and while there I found a collegial environment, a challenging program and, most significantly, an introduction into the local legal community.
Gonzaga University School of Law offers several varied and unique practical experiences in which students receive hands on opportunities which provide students with practical knowledge beyond the classroom. During school, I clerked for the Honorable Kevin Korsmo of the Washington State Court of Appeals. This clerkship was arranged by the school’s externship office and turned out to be a valuable experience because it opened my eyes to the appellate review process in a way unachievable in the classroom.
Additionally, I worked in a small firm during my 2L and 3L years. Through this work I was able to augment my legal education with real-world experience. I also had the opportunity to clerk for the Honorable Annette Plese in Spokane County Superior Court where I observed trials for the first time.
Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have as you begin your journey of attending law school. Gonzaga has been an academically challenging and rewarding experience for me, come see if it can be the experience you are looking for!
Class of 2015 Ambassadors
Hometown: Bucharest, Romania
Undergraduate School: University of Idaho
Undergraduate Major: Criminal Justice
Areas of Interest: Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law, Juvenile Law, Animal Law, Environmental Law
Favorite Class: Civil Procedure
Favorite Aspect of Gonzaga Law: The professors’ open door policy.
Why Gonzaga? In addition to the great scholarship that I received, Gonzaga has a very welcoming environment.
Legal Jobs / Internships: Federal Defenders Office, Legal intern at Avista, Moderate Means Student Intern.
Law School Activities: Moot Court, Law Review, Juvenile Record Sealing Clinic Coordinator, Criminal Law Society, Gonzaga Public Interest Law Project, Negotiation Competition, International Law Club, Animal Law Defense Fund, Street Law.
Favorite Things to Do in Spokane: Hang out at pubs with live music and take my new puppy for walks.
What is one thing you wish you knew about law school ahead of time? How friendly and helpful the students and the professors are.
Hometown: Bakersfield, California
Undergraduate School: University of Redlands
Undergraduate Major: Government/Race and Ethnic Studies
Areas of Interest: Public Interest Law, Juvenile Law, Child Advocacy
Favorite Class: Race and the Law
Favorite Aspect of Gonzaga Law: My favorite aspect of Gonzaga Law is the supportive community at the school. The faculty is excited to meet and discuss any misconceptions you may have. Most students at our school do not buy in to the competitive environment law school inherently creates.
Why Gonzaga? I chose Gonzaga Law because of the public interest opportunities that the school offers. I was confident that the field of law I wanted to go in to was child advocacy and I knew that Gonzaga would afford me that opportunity.
Legal Jobs / Internships: East Bay Children’s Law Offices in Oakland, California, and University Legal Assistance at Gonzaga Law
Law School Activities: Juvenile Record Sealing Clinic, Law Review, Child Advocacy Association, Gonzaga Public Interest Project
Favorite Things to Do in Spokane: Go to Arbor Crest winery or go out dancing downtown.
What is one thing you wish you knew about law school ahead of time? To apply early!
Hometown: Takoma Park, MD; born in Split, Croatia
Undergraduate School: University of San Diego
Undergraduate Major: Political science, Theology and Religious studies
Areas of Interest: Race and the law
Favorite Aspect of Gonzaga Law: The community here
Why Gonzaga? It was the best fit for me, financially and otherwise.
Legal Jobs / Internships: Public Defender’s Office in DC, Public Justice Center in Maryland, and Public Defender’s Office in Alaska.
Law School Activities: Alliance for Social Justice, Public Brown Bag and Justice Forum (PBJ), Moot Court Honors Council, Thomas More Program
Favorite Things to Do in Spokane: Enjoy the outdoors, go to Zag’s games and appreciate that there is no traffic!
What is one thing you wish you knew about law school ahead of time? To block out the excess “advice” and really focus on what is best for you and your overall health and wellness.
Hometown: Spokane, WA
Undergraduate School: University of Washington
Undergraduate Major: Political Science
Areas of Interest: Corporate Law and Real Estate Property Law
Favorite Class: Civil Procedure
Favorite Aspect of Gonzaga Law: The camaraderie between the students
Why Gonzaga? I felt that Gonzaga’s location, reputation and focus on practical skills would best position me for employment after graduation.
Legal Jobs / Internships: Law Offices of Wollf & Hislop- Intern, Spokane County Superior Judge Eitzen- Extern
Law School Activities: Moderate Means Program, Student Bar Association, Federalist Society, Christian Law Club, Society for Business and Law
Favorite Things to Do in Spokane: Picnics in the parks – especially Manito in the spring.
What is one thing you wish you knew about law school ahead of time? I wish I knew that other students in your classes find the material confusing and they are all intelligent people.
Hometown: Spokane, WA
Undergraduate School: Seattle University
Undergraduate Major: English Literature
Areas of Interest: Public Interest Law
Favorite Class: Public Interest Law
Favorite Aspect of Gonzaga Law: My fellow classmates.
Why Gonzaga?: I chose Gonzaga Law because of the strong focus on public interest law.
Legal Jobs / Internships: US Attorney’s Office, Internship (May 2013- November 2013); Externship, Chief Judge Peterson, United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington (Spring 2014 Semester)
Law School Activities: Law Review, Moot Court Honors Council, Public Brown Bag and Justice Forum (PBJ), Health Law Society
Favorite Things to Do in Spokane: Hike and go out to eat.
What is one thing you wish you knew about law school ahead of time? Whether you are thinking about going to a school, or have decided, talk to as many people as possible to learn about various opportunities, ways to get involved and simply meet people.