UCLA Law School: Academic Insights

UCLA Law School: Academic Insights

October 9, 2019 8 By Stanley Isaacs


– So guys, thanks so much for meeting with us. Would you mind introducing yourselves? Who you are, where you go to school, and what your favorite law subject is. – So I’m Brianne Holland-Stergar, and I am a second year law student at UCLA Law. – And your favorite subject? – Oh and my favorite subject is con law, constitutional law. – My name is Quemars Ahmed and I go to UCLA Law School and I would agree with con law, being my favorite subject. – What has surprised you
the most about UCLA Law? – I think the, I mean it’s not necessarily surprising in the sense that I didn’t expect it, but probably because I didn’t really have that many expectations going into it, but I was surprised by how small of a community it is. Where you get to know a
lot of the other students and a lot of the professors as well. – How big is your class? – In our year we have what? – 270-290, something like that. – 270-290 but you won’t have
a class larger than 80, 75. – Yeah max. – Yeah. – So do you guys have social events where you guys all get together? – All the time. So we’re in the courtyard right now, like every month at least, we’ll have a blue acre, which is basically a happy hour so we’ll have beer and wine out here. We have bar review every Thursday, where were rent out a bar and the entire law school
is welcome to come. – This has nothing to
do with the bar exam? – Absolutely nothing which is very confusing for some. – Yeah cause I brought my
books the first few weeks. – And. – Weird. – What is the one piece of
advice you would to give to students in high school right now who are considering going
to law school in the future? – I would recommend when going to college to not major in pre-law, just major in something that
interests you intellectually. – Yeah. – So I would do something
you’re interested in. – Don’t worry about it yet, I think is the key thing. – That’s also yeah. – Just don’t worry about it. Keep this in your mind but go to college with a really open mind and let your studies take you where they’re going to take you. – Can one of you earlier today, walk my friend Sam around
the law school for a tour>- No me, I think I can do that, yes. – Great let’s do it. – So why did you decide
to go to law school? – Cause I was a teacher for two years and I realized that teaching is awesome but not for me. – Fair enough. – And I knew that being a
lawyer was the work style that I wanted but I could
still make a big impact, so I knew I liked reading
and writing and research, but at the same time I
wanted to do something where I felt like I wasn’t
making the world a worse place. – Sure, sure. – And I could still do impactful things so then I came to law school. – That’s great. What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you at UCLA Law School? – Um. – Define cool as to however you want. – Okay so I’m going to
give multiple answers. The coolest, ah I googled law school and
I’m in law school thing, I met Justice Steven Breyer, from the Supreme Court. He was really cool. He came and spoke and we
got to do a meet and greet and that was really cool. I got to have lunch with the Federal Court of Appeals Justices, which was cool. So here’s the deal, they look like they were built in the ’70s cause they were. – Hey. – But nobody spends time inside here because we’re in California. So everybody spends every
minute that they can outside in the courtyard. – Okay. And I can’t count the
number of times when people just go out there and they
lay on our nice big grass and are like, I’m not going to study for five minutes and take a break, in the, sunshine. – Sunshine. – Sunshine. – That’s great. What advice would you give to someone who’s thinking about going to law school? – There are people here that are like, I don’t know, I came here because it was the next thing and I graduated and I
wanted to do something, and they have the worst time. Because they’re just going
through the motions of it and they don’t really
want to learn about it. So I say really think about
whether you want to be a lawyer. Think about what you’re
life’s going to be like, think about the type of work
that you’re going to be doing, and don’t just go to law
school because it’s like, the thing to do. – Don’t go to law school
for the sake of going to law school. – Exactly. – Right, cool. – If you’re interested in
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