Law school has been such a rewarding experience thus far. In such short time I’ve been exposed to new spectacles that have evolved my mindset to think in ways unknown prior to law school. I view the knowledge of law as a positional advantage; like a powerful tool to think effectively. Hence, the reason why I chose to pursue a career in law.
— Mary Jaratanyan, 1L
Law school was a necessary choice for me because I see law as my platform to being of service to those who are disadvantaged and marginalized. Law school has become the most rewarding thing that I have ever complained about. I thoroughly enjoy my classes and professors, but the stakes are high.
— Phil Norris, 1L
Law school is what I expected it to be in the sense that I knew I would make new friends, establish new relationships, and have a new family, but it isn’t what I expected it to be in the sense that the way I think and perceive everything has changed drastically, and I have begun to think like a Lawyer. Now that midterms are over, I definitely feel relieved, but also more stressed in the sense that I now know what is expected of me on an exam, and have to work hard toward fulfilling those expectations. The pressure is on!
— Bahareh Omrani, 1L
I think law school is very challenging. However, I like it and I like the fact that close bonds are forming between students. I honestly didn’t know what to expect from law school. I knew it was going to be very challenging and it is living up to that expectancy.
— Daniel Cabrera, 1L
I chose law school because as far as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a lawyer due to pretty much comparing John Grisham novels to the actual practicing my family attorneys did within their firms back home in Hawai’i. I saw that being a lawyer was another avenue for helping others, being an agent of change and a position that could make the world a better place. Also, I was rather fond of the idea of walking around in downtown Honolulu in three-piece suits (only Lawyers in Hawai’i wear suits). Now that midterms are over, I feel that I have the on-going challenge of trying out different methods that work for me to not only retain the material, but to succeed in grasping the plethora of concepts we learn inside and outside of our classes.
— Daniel Soo, 1L
I would say that Whittier is actually more than what I expected it to be. The friendly environment, approachable professors and stuff are all a huge plus to the school. Being in an environment where at every corner guidance and assistance is offered is a great support for 1L’ers. I’m glad that I chose Whittier law school.
— Sona Gichyan, 1L
I decided to volunteer at a local law office in order to further increase my knowledge and understanding in the legal field. It did not take a long time to find a local law office that gave me an opportunity to take a look at the inner workings of this profession. At first all the terms and nuances of this type of work was confusing and challenging, however, in a short period of time I was feeling comfortable answering questions and helping people understand complicated laws and regulations. I was enjoying the work I was doing. This was the point that I have pushed all of the doubt aside and realized that this is the field that I wish to pursue a career in.
— Nare Keshishyan, 1L
As of today I like law school. Ask me tomorrow that may change. I’ve started to take it one day at a time. Now that midterms are over I feel a little less lost. Before I was just hoping I knew how everything went together. Now I know that I didn’t, but I know where what to change.
— Wade Price, 1L
Law school is definitely turning out to be a different, in a positive way, experience than I had originally thought. The amount of work is greater than I expected it to be, and believe me I expected it to be a large amount. However, with this amount of work has brought a great sense of accomplishment. Each week I learn more and am able to apply more than I was able to do the previous week. Ultimately, law school has been difficult and challenging yet equally if not more so rewarding and empowering.
— Michael Paone, 1L
1L Section Representatives, Liana Khachatryan, Shaian, Mohammadi, Elda Rosales asked their respective sections the following questions:
1. Why did you choose law school?
2. What do you think of law school so far?
3. Is law school what the expected it to be? How so?
4. Now that midterms are over, how do you feel?
The responses to the questions are displayed above.
Thank you to all the 1Ls for their contribution.