As a prospective law student, you likely have a host of questions about the student experience at Gonzaga University School of Law. Our Student Ambassadors are here to answer your questions, and to give you a sense of what you might expect to experience as a student here. They’ll be happy to give you an insider’s view of Gonzaga and the Spokane area. Any time you have a question, they’re as close as an email.
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Undergraduate Education: Oregon State University
Undergraduate Major: Natural Resources; Policy & Management
Areas of Interest: Real Estate & Land Use Law
Favorite Class: Legal Research & Writing, Property Law
Favorite Aspect of Gonzaga Law: The student body comprised of diverse life experiences and the collaborative learning environment fostered by peers and professors.
Why did you choose Gonzaga Law: I chose Gonzaga for its strong alumni network, welcoming community, and enthusiastic campus culture.
Legal Jobs/Internships: Summer Extern for the Municipal Research Services Center
Law School Activities: Street Law, Women’s Law Caucus 1L Representative
Favorite thing to do in Spokane: I love hiking and snowshoeing with my dog, going on weekend trips to Canada or Idaho, and cheering on the Zags!
What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time:I wish I had known how useful the tutoring sessions are, it’s kind of like exercise in law school, you never want to go or think you need to, but never regret doing so. It was also useful to learn that coming from a non-legal field, such as rock climbing, is not determinative of your success in law school.
Hometown: Spokane Valley, WA
Undergraduate Education: Washington State University
Undergraduate Major: Bachelor of Arts – Personnel Psychology and Human Resource Management
Areas of Interest: Labor/Employment Law, Health Law, Business Law
Favorite Class: Legal Research and Writing
Favorite Aspect of Gonzaga Law: The high regard for collaboration and community.
Why did you choose Gonzaga Law: I chose Gonzaga Law because of the reputation it has, not only within Spokane but also nation wide. The program is very well respected, class sizes are small giving a strong sense of community in the classroom, and there is an emphasis on molding the whole person through his or her legal education. Because of this, students leave Gonzaga Law with so much more than just a J.D. on their resume. Gonzaga Law offers competitive tuition prices, and there are scholarships available that make it a great bang for your buck!
Legal Jobs/Internships: Unemployment Law Project
Law School Activities: Women's Law Caucus – Board Member; Health Law Society – General Member.
Favorite thing to do in Spokane: To be outside! I love to stand-up paddle board and there are a lot of great lakes and rivers to explore. Spokane has also grown a lot in the last few years and new restaurants, retail stores, festivals, and farmers markets are popping up all the time! I love discovering these new offerings too.
What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time: This always makes me laugh, but I wish someone would have told me to hold off on getting my glasses prescription updated until after the first month or so of law school. I knew there would be a lot of reading, but I had no idea it would be so much that my eye sight would change within a few weeks as a result (turns out this is pretty common!).
Hometown: Hamilton, Montana
Undergraduate Education: Whitworth University
Undergraduate Major: Political Science
Areas of Interest: Civil Litigation
Favorite Class: Torts
Favorite Aspect of Gonzaga Law: The Professors
Why did you choose Gonzaga Law: Gonzaga is a well-known school and I love the surrounding area. The Scholarship played a role as well.
Legal Jobs/Internships: Washington State Office of the Attorney General. Law Clerk in Labor and Industry
Law School Activities: Disability Rights Washington Inmates Project, Juvenile Record Sealing Clinic, Clark Cup, Linden Cup, Gonzaga Law Florence Program, Law School Intermural Basketball
Favorite thing to do in Spokane: Paragliding
What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time: Don’t focus too much on what others around you are doing. Law school is a time in which everyone is very excited and vocal about clubs, externships, and competitions happening on and off campus. It’s important to be engaged in law school events but take them at your own pace and don’t feel you have to compete with the student next to you.
Hometown: Kuna, Idaho
Undergraduate Education: Northwest Nazarene University
Undergraduate Major: Political Science and Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Law.
Areas of Interest: Civil Rights
Favorite Class: Torts and Constitutional Law
Favorite Aspect of Gonzaga Law: The close-knit community! Professors not only practice but also encourage one- on- one interaction with their open door policy.
Why did you choose Gonzaga Law: In addition to loving the location, I chose Gonzaga University School of Law because of its deep ties to public service within the community. The Law School provides its students with multiple ways to get involved with the outside Spokane community while practicing legal skills.
Legal Jobs/Internships: Moderate Means Program
Law School Activities: Mission Possible
Favorite thing to do in Spokane: Spokane is in a great location for outdoor activity whether it’s running the centennial trail, visiting any one of its multiple parks, or venturing a little outside of town and finding some hiking trials, EVERYTHING IS JUST SO CLOSE!
What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time: what to expect my first semester & a reminder that everyone studies different, and that’s okay!
Hometown: Orange County, CA
Undergraduate Education: University of California Irvine
Undergraduate Major: Political Science and History
Areas of Interest: Healthcare Law
Favorite Class: Torts
Favorite Aspect of Gonzaga: Gonzaga has given me the opportunity to travel all over the world! I taught English in the Dominican Republic, learned about the Chinese legal system in China, and attended a healthcare law conference in Canada. This summer I’ll be traveling to Belgium and Italy to learn about international business law and operations.
Why did you choose Gonzaga Law: When I came to visit Gonzaga, everyone was so nice and welcoming I knew I wanted to be in an environment where the faculty genuinely cared about the students.
Legal Jobs/Internships: Moderate Means Program, GLP Attorneys, Gonzaga University Legal Assistance
Law School Activities: Health Law Society, Student Bar Association, and Mission Possible
Favorite thing to do in Spokane: Bloomsday, Trivia, Karaoke, and watching the Zags games
What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time: Find a hobby or activity to do outside of law school. Everyone needs a small break from school every now and then.
Hometown: Woodinville, WA
Undergraduate Education: University of Washington
Undergraduate Major: Law, Societies and Justice and Sociology
Areas of Interest: Contracts and Personal Injury
Favorite Class: Torts and Contracts
Favorite Aspect of Gonzaga Law: How close-knit the community is and how you know every single person in your class. It makes law school so much easier when you feel comfortable with who you see every day.
Why did you choose Gonzaga Law: It sounds cliché, but when I left the admitted students open house I had that “feeling” that everyone kept talking about. I just knew that it was the right place for me. I couldn’t remember the last time I felt more comfortable in a brand-new place.
Legal Jobs/Internships: Intern at Seattle Municipal Courthouse, Intern for criminal defense attorney
Law School Activities: Clarke Cup Participant, Women’s Law Caucus, International Law Society
Favorite thing to do in Spokane: Hiking
What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time: While I knew law school was graded on a curve, I didn’t know the specifics about how it worked until the first week of classes. Knowing how the curve worked before classes started would have been helpful.