"Plan. Everything. Hour by Hour. You don't have the luxury of having unaccounted for time in your day. You'll be happiest and most successful if you learn to utilize your time."
Name: Yasamin Yazdi
Hometown: Cupertino, California
Undergrad Degree:BS in Psychology, 2016, UC San Diego
Dream Job: District Attorney
Q & A
When did you decide to pursue a law degree?
My grandfather was a judge so I grew up with him orating for hours about the importance of law, philosophy, and history. Although I didn't appreciate it at the time, it stuck with me much more than I thought and I found myself naturally gravitating toward studying law.
What's the main reason you chose to attend California Western School of Law?
I really like that California Western isn't affiliated with a university. I like smaller campuses and classrooms; it gets rid of a lot of the intimidation. I feel more connected and comfortable with the faculty when I know they can actually see my face in class.
How hard is law school? Is it more or less work than you thought?
It's much more work than I thought. Everyone tells you how much work is required, but it's not something you can quite conceptualize until you experience it yourself.
What is some of your previous professional experience? How did that experience help you decide to go to law school?
I was an intern at the Superior Court of San Diego in undergrad. I worked specifically in the small claims department, but I had time to sit in on criminal trials and that's what made me fascinated with criminal and helped me decided what I wanted to focus on in law school.
What academic programs have been most beneficial to you as a law student?
California Western has a great mentorship program where they pair you up with an upperclassman. You feel like a deer in headlights your first year at law and with so much information being thrown at you it's hard to know what to do with it all. Having someone who has already been through that and who is willing to give you guidance is amazing.
What student activities do you participate in at California Western?
There will most likely be a club for every field of law. Since you won't be working as a one 1L, the only way to gain experience is to show your interest by joining a club.
What advice would you give to a new law student? What would you have done differently if given the chance?
Plan. Everything. I mean EVERYTHING. Hour by Hour. You don't have the luxury of having unaccounted for time in your day. You'll be happiest and most successful if you learn to utilize your time.
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