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JD Student Ambassadors
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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 five students, Erika Ingram, Drew Malkiewicz, Mirelle Raza, Allison Skager 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 the end of the Spring 2020 semester, Student Ambassadors will often be available during the Admissions Office Virtual hours from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (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.

Erika Ingram

Erika Ingram

My name is Erika Ingram and I am a third-year student at USC Gould. I was born and raised in Southern California, and have never left. I studied International Relations at USC and was very active in different student organizations like the USC Helenes and Phi Alpha Delta. I knew I wanted to pursue law school, but took a year off to prepare and work at a courthouse. When it was time to apply for schools, USC Gould topped my list. I absolutely love the school, the city, and everything USC Gould has to offer, including the Trojan Family Network.

All in all, I am especially grateful for the support and staff at USC Gould. There is always someone that I can talk to about classes, student life, and future opportunities. The Career Services Office in particular has been a great resource for me in deciding what I can do with my law degree. The dedicated career counselors, alongside faculty and alumni, are definitely invested in the happiness and goals of every single student.

Through the USC Public Interest Scholars program, I spent my 1L summer at the Children's Law Center of California. During my second year, I was a law clerk for the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office and spent my 2L summer working for a law firm in Downtown LA. Now as a 3L, I will be joining the Post-Conviction Justice Project and preparing for graduation.

Aside from being an Admissions Ambassador, I am the current treasurer and past president of the Latino Law Students Association. This group, like many others on campus, serves as a support system for the students at USC Gould and helps create an encouraging environment. I am also involved in the Black Law Students Association, volunteer at many Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) clinics, and am an active volunteer with Public Counsel CARES. One thing I have enjoyed the most about USC Gould has been the ability to learn from my fellow classmates who are all ambitious and passionate advocates and have so much to offer the world.

I can honestly say that I have never once regretted my decision to come back to USC for law school. I have tried to venture off to different cities, but the magic of Los Angeles keeps me here. When not studying, you can find me at the beach, hiking, or trying a new restaurant for brunch or dinner. I am excited for this academic year and to help others learn to love USC just as much as I do. I love the support, opportunities, and Trojan family that I feel a part of every single day. If you have any questions about the application process or would just like to learn more about what it's like to be a USC law student, please feel free to email me at ambassador2@law.usc.edu. Fight on!

Drew Malkiewicz

Drew Malkiewicz

Hey! My name is Drew Malkiewicz and I am currently a 2L student at USC Gould School of Law. I am originally from San Diego, but previously spent four years at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Once I decided the heat wasn't for me, I knew that I had to get back to my home state of California (because who doesn't love a good California Burrito).

I chose USC over its peer institutions for a variety of reasons, but ultimately, the opportunity to join one of the most prominent alumni networks in the world made the decision easy. Before beginning law school, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in corporate law in San Diego. The San Diego and Los Angeles legal markets (as well as many more) are highly saturated with USC Gould alumni. The Trojan Network has proven to be extremely instrumental when soliciting career advice from practicing attorneys. With such a great alumni network and the help of the Career Services Office, I spent the first summer of law school working as an intern in the legal department of Progenity, Inc., a BioTech company in San Diego.

My favorite part of law school thus far has been the friendships I have formed with my peers. I was fortunate enough to live in the Terrace Apartments during my first year, and it was an absolute blast. The community that was created amongst my fellow students was incredibly friendly and I made some amazing friends (I am even rooming with the same roommate again this year!). My peers pushed me both personally and intellectually, and the diversity of experience at USC Gould has opened me up to so many different perspectives and lenses. My fondest memory of my first year was the student run trip to Mammoth Mountain for a ski trip. The three days we spent on the mountain was a perfect way to kick off our second semester, and it is something I will never forget.

Additionally, the faculty at USC Gould have surpassed all my expectations. They are always open for a conversation outside of class, regardless of the topic! The personalities and perspectives of the teachers are very diverse, leaving the opportunity for everyone to truly connect with a professor. They really care about the success and well-being of their students.

I could not be happier with my decision to attend USC Gould School of Law. I have tried to live in different cities, but the magic of Los Angeles and Southern California has always brought me back. There is never a dull day in Los Angeles, whether it is tailgating a USC or NFL football game, hiking in Malibu, trying out one of the many world-famous restaurants all over the city, or simply hitting the town with friends at night. I have loved every moment at Gould thus far and I cannot wait to start my second year! Choosing a law school is a daunting task and I am happy to answer any questions you may have about USC Gould or the process in general. I may be reached at ambassador1@law.usc.edu. I hope to hear from you!

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!

Allison Skager

Allison Skager

Hi! My name is Allison Skager. I am a third-year law student at USC Gould and a proud Angeleno. I came from a loyal Bruin family and graduated from UCLA in 2015 with an English major and French minor. But as much as I loved and continue to love UCLA, I ultimately chose USC Gould over UCLA for law school.

The first year of law school is a wild ride no matter where you are, but USC made it one of the best years of my life. Our small sections and ample support systems, both social and academic, make the transition into law school genuinely manageable and enjoyable. For example, our Peer Mentor program was a seamless and wonderful part of my 1L experience. And being a Peer Mentor to a section of 13 first-year law students last year as a 2L was one of my favorite experiences at Gould.

I spent my first summer externing for a federal district court judge and then took part in our On-Campus Interview (OCI) program. As a 2L, I participated and competed in our Hale Moot Court honors program and externed in the Tax Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office. I spent my 2L summer at a large international law firm downtown, and I am excited to return to that same firm post-bar. I cannot begin to express the gratitude I feel for the Gould community members who helped me access these opportunities.

For prospective or admitted students who are struggling to choose between Gould and any other law school, I highly recommend attending one of our many information sessions or recruitment events. And before making your choice, talk to current students to make the most informed decision. Gould has such an impressive, diverse, and dynamic community, and we would love to share it with you.

If you have any questions about us, the application process, or law school in general, please feel free to contact me at ambassador4@law.usc.edu. And schedule a tour!

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!