My name is Mayra Rangel. I first became interested in law through high school courses and my personal interest in politics. After high school I attended the University of Washington-Seattle and studied Political Science and Latin American Studies. Before coming to law school, I worked at a domestic violence agency and a women's health clinic in Seattle. I intend to explore different areas of law during my time here at Seattle U, but I am very passionate about public interest work. I feel fortunate for the opportunity to pursue my professional goals here in my home state and Seattle, which I love! In my free time I like to do outdoor activities, follow Seattle sports and enjoy art, especially music.
The semester is winding down and I am a little eager but also very excited to be one step closer to my law degree. It is that time of the semester to gear up for final exams. So in addition to my regular coursework I am spending extra hours reviewing my study materials and doing practice exams. There are some topics I feel more comfortable with than others-but I won't name names :]. My second Memo is also due soon. Legal Writing has been a point of intensive learning and growth for sure.
Aside from class I also made some time to attend a great networking event and meet lawyers from the Loren Miller Bar Association. I am looking forward to connecting with some of these folks after the semester wraps up.
I expect next semester will also rush by so I am starting to brainstorm what I want to do for my summer break. It would be great to secure an internship in Seattle and maybe get another law class done as well.
On a lighter note, next week is Thanksgiving! I am heading home to Tri-cities so it will be a nice relaxing time. I plan on cooking, spending time with my family, and studying of course.
This month has been another quick one. Classes have gotten a bit more intense. I took my first mid-term for Civil Procedure at the end of last month and submitted my first legal memo in Legal Writing. I am getting a better feel for Contracts, which has been a relief. Finals are on the horizon so I am also making more time to review and practice for exams. Also, I was paired up with a mentor through the Women's Law Caucus. This was great because she is interested in similar areas of law and extracurricular activities as me. Also, I attended some other on campus events including some interesting panels featuring Seattle University Alumni discussing their experiences in public, private, litigation, and transactional law.
A couple weeks ago I also attended a drop-in clinic and got to see first-hand issues related to the process of pleadings for a civil case. The attorney I was paired with was really nice and interested in my experience thus far in law school. I definitely plan to stay in contact with him in the near future.
Outside of school I have been making time to hang out with my non-law school friends as well. This last weekend I spent Saturday with some of my good friends as part of her bridal party, shopping for her wedding gowns and the bridesmaids' dresses. And aside from that I have been enjoying the Halloween season.
Time has been flying by since I started law school this summer! I took a week off between working full-time and starting school, mostly because I liked the people I worked with so much. On break, the goal was to relax. I visited my family back in Tri-Cities, WA, caught up with new and old friends here in Seattle, and took my dog, Rosita on mini-hikes. I was especially happy to sneak in a couple camping trips, eat tasty foods, and see my one year old niece, Gabriella this summer. Now, I am happy to be back in school full-time here at SU. I am five weeks into my 1L year and loving it! I have buckled down with a fairly set schedule that "typically" leaves me time in the evenings for fun and physical activities.
As far as courses, right now I am taking Civil Procedure, Torts, Contracts, and Legal Writing and I am making by very best efforts to leave law school work at school. All my professors are really engaging and their enthusiasm for the subjects definitely comes across, which makes the topics more entertaining. My favorite class so far is Civil Procedure because my brain loves organization, and we cover rules that apply to all types of legal issues. Also, midterms started this week for me, and I am feeling prepared.
On another note, it's been great making new friends from summer Criminal Law and in my new courses this semester. Several of my classmates are from out of town, which has given me a renewed appreciation for Seattle, although I have lived her several years now. You can't go wrong with Seattle's great food, festivals, sporting events and of course my favorite, enjoying the natural beauty of Seattle and the surrounding areas. I have also gotten a taste of the student organizations at the law school. The Women's Law Caucus jumped out at me as a great organization to network and for mentorship and it hasn't disappointed yet. One of my goals for this semester is to participate in a legal clinic to gain some practical legal skills. I am sure I will have more to share on this front and school in general soon. Overall I have met some really great people and am looking forward to making more connections in the local legal community as well. Lastly, I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful fall weather!