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"My recommendation for a new student is to join school and bar organizations/associations and form solid relationships with classmates, both in your first-year and upper-division classes, and with your professors. These relationships are the building blocks to your career."

Quick Stats

Name: Heather Daiza
Hometown: San Diego, California (more specifically, North County)
Undergrad Degree: BA in Political Science, 2004, University of California, Irvine
Dream Job: Intellectual property transactional attorney or an in-house counsel for a corporation

Q & A

When did you decide to pursue a law degree?

I aspired to become a lawyer at the age of six. I always loved problem solving, and I was very passionate and energetic. I always admired the legal profession as very prestigious and inspiring. I chose Cal Western because of these advantages: a scholarship, great professors/faculty, a comfortable, home-like environment, a strategic downtown San Diego location, and a great reputation in the legal profession.

How hard is law school? Is it more or less work than you thought?

There is a rumor that goes around that law school is hard. Well, it is, but you are more than capable of succeeding! At first, law school was really difficult. I could not rely on raw intelligence. I had to work very hard to learn how to study for law school exams, how to take law school exams, how to keep up with the workload, and how to think like a lawyer. But, with hard work and patience, it is very rewarding. Sometimes I do get frustrated, but it is so worth it. I am so much more confident in myself and have learned so much. I recommend finding classmates to study with, tutoring, internships, and attending office hours to help improve your understanding of the material and what is expected of you.

What student activities do you participate in at California Western?

I intern in a prestigious business/civil litigation firm downtown; I'm a research assistant for Professor Nancy Kim, who teaches Contracts, Contract Drafting, and Advanced Contracts; I've tutored first-year students; and I am secretary of the Student Intellectual Property Law Association.

What is some of your previous professional experience, and how did that experience help you decide to go to law school?

Before law school, I worked at law firms (to obtain practical experience) and worked at a bank (to make money and learn about finance). Those experiences did not change my desire to go to law school, but were helpful in improving my skills.

What advice would you give to a new law student? What would you have done differently if given the chance?

My recommendation for a new student is to join school and bar organizations/associations and form solid relationships with classmates, both in your first-year and upper-division classes, and with your professors. These relationships are the building blocks to your career. Stay focused, dedicated, and be patient. Learn to be efficient with time. And do not stress out too much, as it will not help you! We look forward to you beginning your amazing law school journey!

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