When Elizabeth Yang was offered an associate position at Howrey LLP, one of the largest international law firms in Southern California, she was informed that the offer was contingent upon her passing the California State Bar exam on her first attempt. And although the pressure was on, Elizabeth was confident she could do it, because she was prepared. In fact, for Elizabeth, the importance of being prepared was one of the greatest lessons learned–and finest assets gained–as a student at the University of La Verne College of Law.
La Verne Law’s small class sizes, mandatory attendance policies and one-on-one attention from professors ensures accountability, says Elizabeth, and this accountability makes for an educational experience that is on par or better than the bigger schools.
And with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley, Elizabeth has the experience to make a valid comparison.
She chose La Verne Law because of a generous scholarship and the school’s proximity to her home. It was a choice that paid off for her. She was fully prepared to take on the challenges that come with being an attorney in the field of patent law.
Another choice Elizabeth made that, although difficult, has paid off in the long run, was to attend law school part time while working full-time. She knew that in order to best serve her future clients, she would need more than just a degree in Electrical Engineering; she would need real-world experience. So from 6:30am to 4:00 pm every workday, Elizabeth designed radar equipment at her engineering job, then packed up and headed over to La Verne Law for three hours of classes. And although it took her one semester longer to graduate than many of her peers who attended law school full time, she says that it was well worth it.
If there’s any message Elizabeth wants prospective law students to take away from her story it’s this: “Anything’s possible. Be persistent. Be motivated. Live life to the fullest and don’t waste a single millisecond.”