I feel like everyone I know that goes to law school has known since high school. My high school actually had majors and a bunch of kids in the Law and Society major are actually in law school right now.
In high school, I was a media major. My school was kind of intense and I wanted to pick a major that would allow me to be creative and not take things too seriously. I got to create animated characters, learn how to use photoshop, and take films and pictures for junior and senior years.
Going into college, I thought I was going to take all my science classes, finish a dance major, and apply to graduate school to earn a DPT (Doctorate of Physical Therapy). I was a cheerleader, a dancer, and I loved anatomy. In undergrad, I also found that I was a pretty good writer. I found that I’m able to articulate my thoughts clearly and effectively. I thought that would mean that I would switch career paths to English or something.. but then life happened.
Discussions about race, immigration, and what it means to be American seemed to be EVERYWHERE. As a child of immigrants, these discussions were important to me. I was just figuring out what being Filipino-American meant for me and how the immigration stories of my family members shaped how I navigate through every day life. I couldn’t understand how anyone could refer to immigrants as animals or say that they deserved awful things for trying to make a better life for themselves and their families, so I became interested in immigration and the law.
After a few of my friends from high school began receiving their law school acceptances, I began to consider the possibilities. If they got into law school, why couldn’t I? I’m good at arguing and researching, I’m good at articulating myself, and I think about my words VERY carefully before I spit them out. I had been working in a physical therapy clinic thinking that I wanted to help people, and I still did/do, but in a much different way now.
I came to this decision late in the game. I was already a rising senior when I had made my decision. I took a class called Asian American Civil Rights and the Law which confirmed my thoughts about law school. My professor was a teacher at two law schools in the tri state area and he encouraged me in my application process. He’s even writing my recommendation letter.
At this point you might be wondering, so… what did you even graduate in?
I graduated with a Dance major and two minors in English and Asian American Studies. As different as that might sound, I studied communities in each of those areas. Each of those areas examined race and the human experience through different outlets and lenses. Everything that I had studied led me to this point, even though I hadn’t planned for it.
After I had made my decision, I had to be active in building a resume fit for a law school application. I volunteered to collect Voter Exit Surveys, I attended Human Rights events, I volunteered to do phone banks to save DACA, and I interned for a NYC Congressman. It still doesn’t feel like enough, but I continue to be excited about where this process will take me.
Did you know you always were going to apply to law school? Were you like me and came to it later in the game?