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Madison Ladner

"The first year of law school is a sharp learning curve; don't be discouraged. Ask for help whenever you feel uncertain."

Quick Stats

Name: Madison Ladner
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Undergrad Degree: Bachelor of Commerce in Management of Information Systems, 2016, University of British Columbia - Sauder School of Business, Vancouver
Dream Job: Chief information officer or in-house lawyer for a major tech company focused on data privacy or cybersecurity

Q & A

When did you decide to pursue a law degree?

I entertained the idea of pursuing a law degree in my third year of university at the Sauder School of Business in Vancouver, Canada, where I studied management of information systems. A professor briefly spoke about amendments to data privacy laws and what it means for corporations whose businesses entail keeping information secure. I was interested to learn more about security and intellectual property issues that arise from information, so I figured the best way for me to do that would be to get a law degree. Additionally, a law degree gives you the ability to work in various fields.

What's the main reason you chose to attend California Western School of Law?

The main reason I chose California Western is because I was looking for a law school that was small and intimate. The scholarship to attend this school was also a determining factor.

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

Law school is hard, there's no denying that. Being a 1L is overwhelming at times, but it's been rewarding thus far. It does take extra time to manage a work-life balance, but it is manageable. Sacrifices are inevitable.

What student activities do you participate in at California Western?

I have joined the Student Intellectual Property Law Association (SIPLA) and I've found their networking panels to be incredible. I think it's incredibly beneficial to make the most of any opportunity or event Cal Western provides.

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

If I could give advice to an incoming student, I would recommend that you keep an open mind, and take everything in stride. Law school is hard. Most likely you aren't used to thinking in a very analytical manner and deciphering legalese. The first year of law school is a sharp learning curve; don't be discouraged. Ask for help whenever you feel uncertain.

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