The friendships you make at law school are connections that can last a lifetime, as two 3L California Western students can attest.
In 2016, Kimia Kojouri was still deciding on which law school to attend. That was until she attended Preview Day at California Western.
“I was actually thinking about a couple of schools,” recalls Kojouri. “I thought I would take advantage of the offer of coming to Preview Day to help narrow my decision. The staff and faculty that I met were so warm, welcoming, and gracious that the decision to come here was an easy one.”
That Preview Day was also memorable in another way as it was the first time she met fellow student Brittney Glover also considering California Western.
“I remember the first time I met Brittney as we were the only two getting beer instead of wine at the Preview Day reception,” says Kojouri. “We just bonded instantly.”
Through law school, Kojouri and Glover have been virtually inseparable friends. Although in different first-year sections, they both participated in the Study Abroad program and have taken almost all the same upper division classes together.
Before starting, Kojouri’s friends had warned her that law school would be the worst three years of her life. “It’s been the total opposite,” she says. “I think law school has been the best experience of my life and coming to Cal Western was the best decision I made, and it has exceeded my expectations.”
Glover agrees, saying she has positive experiences from everyone.
“I am a creature of habit, and I do not like change, so moving to San Diego from Las Vegas was a huge step for me,” says Glover. “But this too has easily been the best decision of my life because of the support we get here from California Western and, honestly, just the people. I couldn’t have asked to be in a better place.”
The pairs’ enduring friendship has been instrumental in making their time in law school a success.
“I feel like we both moved here and away from our families for the first time, so we have been able to lean on each other for support. And just to have someone who understands what you're going through is huge,” says Glover. “I think it would have been different if we didn’t have each other.”
Kojouri says that they discuss this point a lot and agrees with Glover’s sentiments. “I absolutely recommend anyone in law school to try and find friendships and have a support system because it’s stressful and you need that support to enjoy it and get the most out it.”
Both Kojouri and Glover signed up for the summer Study Abroad program in Prague during their 2L year. Recalls Kojouri, “I said to Brittney, ‘pack your bags we’re going to Prague this summer.’ She thought I was kidding, but I wasn’t, and it turned out to be an amazing experience.”
Glover remembers Kojouri’s insistence was just the motivation she needed to move out of her comfort zone. “This is where our friendship balances one another. I can be timid in those types of situations whereas Kimia is more outgoing,” admits Glover. “I am glad she pushed me to do this as I had never been out of the country.”
As to the future after graduation, the pair will most likely pursue different paths in law. Kojouri wants to get into criminal law and is interested in becoming a federal or state prosecutor. Glover is going to take both the California and Nevada bar and is interested in personal injury law.
“We kind of joke about opening a firm together,” says Glover.
Wherever they end up there is one thing they are confident of—their continuing friendship.
“One of the reasons our friendship is so successful is because we work well together,” says Kojouri. “I am very spontaneous and energetic, and she keeps me grounded.”
Glover says that Kojouri reminds her always to have fun. “I don't doubt that Kimia will always be in my life,” she says. “Even if we have to move somewhere different right now to pursue our career paths, that's not going to change the fact that we’re always going to be friends.”