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JD Student Ambassadors - Juris Doctor (JD)
USC Gould School of Law

USC Gould School of Law is proud to have some of the nation's brightest and most promising future lawyers studying law here. We are privileged to have two students, Mirelle Raza and Ally Wong working in the Admissions Office as Student Ambassadors. All lead very busy lives inside and outside the classroom as you can see from their profiles, but love sharing their law school experiences with prospects and admitted students.

If you are interested in learning more about their decision to attend USC Gould or if you would like to email one of the ambassadors, please click on their names to access their bios and contact information.

Additionally, through July 31, 2020, a student ambassador will be available for a Virtual Office Hour from 11:00am - 12:00pm (PDT). If you have questions for a current student, please log in via Zoom: https://usclaw.zoom.us/j/291687722 and use meeting ID: 291 687 722.

Mirelle Raza

Mirelle Razaz

Hi! My name is Mirelle Raza and I am a rising 2L who grew up in Boston, but made my way to California seven years ago and never left. I originally moved to the Bay Area to attend undergrad at Santa Clara University, where I double majored in Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies. While in college, I studied abroad in Italy and took part in a social justice program where I travelled throughout Bosnia and Croatia. During my time in Europe I volunteered at a home for abused girls and knew that when I returned to the States, I wanted to continue this type of work moving forward.

An internship at the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Victim Services Unit solidified my interest in advocacy. While there, I worked in a courthouse and met attorneys before making my final decision to attend law school. I also worked as a victim advocate at the San Francisco District Attorney's Office and specialized in sexual assault, child abuse, and human trafficking. My work there was challenging, yet rewarding, and after two years of working alongside prosecutors, I was confident that I wanted to attend law school so that I could become the strongest advocate possible for survivors.

My focus in public interest was a good match with Gould. Gould students, faculty, and administration have shown a commitment to public interest through community building, student organizations, course options, clinics, and programs like Public Interest Scholars. I took advantage of many of these opportunities and I have been involved with the Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF), Women of Color Collective (WOCC), International Refugee Assistance Program (IRAP), and the C. David Molina First Generation Professionals Program (FGP). I am presently serving as President of PILF, Academic Chair of FGP, and Social Chair of Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA). This past summer I was able to continue fighting against sexual violence in Washington D.C. at the U.S. Department of Justice's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, focusing on the federal prosecution of child pornography, child exploitation, and "sex tourism". I am also a named Public Interest Scholar and am in the International Human Rights Clinic.

The administration and staff at Gould have been supportive in many ways. As a first-generation law student, the Student Support Office and faculty took the time to get to know me personally and aid me through my first year of law school. As a self-paying law student, the Financial Aid Office was instrumental in assisting me with scholarship opportunities to help with the costs of law school.

It might sound cliche, but I really did get a feeling that USC Gould was the right choice for me during the admitted student Law Day visit and I haven't looked back since. I feel so lucky to be in Los Angeles and to be a part of the Trojan community. I hope that I will have the chance to tell you even more about my experiences here. Please contact me at ambassador3@law.usc.edu. I look forward to hearing from you!

Ally Wong

Ally Wong

Hi there! My name is Ally Wong, and I am a 2L at USC Gould. I am originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, and I spent time growing up in the East Bay and Sydney, Australia. I earned my bachelor's degree at Purdue University in philosophy and history. Following graduation, I worked for my local congressman while I completed my law school applications.

As I developed my list of schools to apply for, USC Gould checked every box on my list, which led me to apply early decision. While I knew that I wanted to be in California and get a great education, I was nervous about the often talked-about "cutthroat" nature of competitive law schools. When I visited USC before applying, the admissions team completely assuaged my fears. During my visit, I saw students joking and hanging out at the law school, and numerous casual interactions between faculty and students. This experience showed me that USC was a place where I could receive a renowned legal education, without navigating a formidable, overly-competitive student body.

I am so grateful I chose USC because it has offered me endless professional and academic opportunities. I am still astonished every day by the unique camaraderie that I have experienced at Gould. Here, we really are a family, and having that support system of students, professors and staff who all genuinely want you to succeed is incredibly impactful. Every final or paper feels like a team effort, where we all want each other to do well and have a meaningful learning experience.

I have found an amazing community at USC through the many organizations and programs offered by the school. I am a Public Interest Scholar, Honors Scholar and am involved in the Hale Moot Court Honors Program, Women of Color Collective (WOCC), Energy and Environmental Law Society, and American Constitution Society. These organizations have connected me to other students who share my passion for government and environmental work. One of my favorite experiences from my 1L year was volunteering with my fellow Public Interest Scholars for the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Veterans Legal Services Project because it was the first time that I saw in practice how I could use my legal education to help others.

This past semester I was able to explore my interest in environmental work by externing at Earthjustice, an environmental nonprofit. Prior to that, I continued to pursue my passion for government by working in Washington, D.C., my 1L summer as a law clerk on the Senate Judiciary Committee. The administration and staff at USC took time to get to know me as a person, learn about my interests, connect me with relevant alumni, and personally share with me new and exciting career opportunities. The personalized mentoring and guidance that I have received has greatly enhanced my experience as a law student at Gould.

I am so happy that I decided to move to Los Angeles and attend Gould. The world truly is at your fingertips living in the heart of LA, with every type of food, culture and experience you can imagine. I love exploring this amazing city with my newfound Trojan Family. Should you have any questions about life at Gould or the application process, please don't hesitate to reach out at ambassador5@law.usc.edu. Fight on!