"The work in law school is hard but it is less work than I thought it would be. One hears a lot of horror stories before coming to law school. Bottom line is the work is definitely manageable."
Name: Julia Kaneshiro
Hometown: Waipahu, Hawaii
Undergrad Degree: BA in Political Science, 2014, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Dream Job: Deputy District Attorney
Q & A
When did you decide to pursue a law degree?
I'm not sure when I decided to pursue a law degree...but I know I've been interested in law school for as long as I can remember. I knew for sure that I was interested in law school even before I was interested in going to university. I half joke that I chose law school over medical school because I have a fear of blood.
What's the main reason you chose to attend California Western School of Law?
The main reason I chose to attend California Western is because I had a friend from Hawaii who recommended the law school to me. Additionally, the drastic transition from sunny Hawaii to sunny San Diego wasn't bad either.
How hard is law school? Is it more or less work than you thought?
The work in law school is hard but it is less work than I thought it would be. One hears a lot of horror stories before coming to law school. The bottom line is the work is definitely manageable; I made it to the gym five-six times a week during my first year.
What is some of your previous professional experience? How did that experience help you decide to go to law school?
I worked at the City and County of Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney's Office for a year before coming to law school. The experience strengthened my desire to go into criminal prosecution and help victims of crime seek justice.
What academic programs have been most beneficial to you as a law student?
The most beneficial academic program for me was definitely the large group tutoring.
What student activities do you participate in at California Western?
For student activities, I was the 2015-2016 Vice President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA).
What advice would you give to a new law student? What would you have done differently if given the chance?
My advice to a new law student is to "just chill." I think what messes people up the most in law school is when they study so hard that they forget to take care of their mental and physical health. Figure out the work-play balance early on!
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