"I was quite decided on an intellectual property focus so when I was examining options for law school I began looking for schools that had strong programs related to this field. I saw that Cal Western had a concentration for both IP and business."
Name: Catherine Mineo
Hometown: Brick, New Jersey
Undergrad Degree: BA in English and Crime, Law & Justice, 2014, Pennsylvania State University
Dream Job: One definitely in the legal field and one that I look forward to going into every day
Q & A
When did you decide to pursue a law degree? What is some of your previous professional experience, and how did that experience help you decide to go to law school?
I decided to pursue a law degree sometime in high school. I was very interested in the way current events were being impacted by legislation. I grew up listening to the news and talk radio with my grandmother who encouraged me to be an informed, engaged person even at a young age. I participated in mock trial during high school which was my first real introduction to the "legal system." The idea that my voice could be a voice for others developed further in college and contributed to my desire to pursue law school.
My previous professional experience includes paralegal work in a few areas of law. These experiences affirmed my decision to take a stronger role in legal services. I was fortunate in that my co-workers and supervising attorneys encouraged me and I think seeing actual results for clients further developed my desire to attend law school.
What's the main reason you chose to attend California Western School of Law?
The main reason I choose Cal Western was for the opportunities I knew it would offer. I was quite decided on an intellectual property focus so when I was examining options for law school I began looking for schools that had strong programs related to this field. I saw that CWSL had a concentration for both IP and business. Additionally, relocating to the west coast had been a personal interest of mine for a number of years.
How hard is law school? Is it more or less work than you thought?
Law school has been the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life to date. The level of work and discipline required is just as much as I expected, but again, the reward was far greater. My experience so far at Cal Western has affirmed that my decision to be an attorney was the right life choice for me.
What academic programs have been most beneficial to you as a law student?
The tutoring services that are available have benefited me the most, with the availability of the professors for out-of-class consultations. Additionally, the various workshops offered by student organizations were essential to my success and navigation on final exams.
What student activities do you participate in at California Western?
I am currently the Vice President for the Student Intellectual Property Law Association, as well as member of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association and Environmental Law Society. I was also a representative for LexisNexis during the fall of my second year and I will be part of the staff for the 2017-2018 student newspaper, The Commentary.
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