After graduating from undergrad, I took a job in Santa Monica. It was my first experience living on the West Coast and I enjoyed every minute. I knew that I wanted to stay on the West Coast for law school. I had already witnessed firsthand as a legal assistant how strong and committed USC Gould was. I selected USC Gould over other options because of its community. Aside from a top notch education, I really wanted a school which would provide the support and resources for me to thrive. Having gone to a small liberal arts undergraduate program I recognized the benefit of smaller classes. They provide a more engaging learning experience and they allow you to get to know your professors and classmates, which fosters a strong sense of community.