Dixon L. Sandaire
Class of 2014
B.A., Criminal Justice, Florida Atlantic University
M.A., National Security and Public Safety, University of New Haven
What did you do before law school, and what led you to pursue a law degree?
Prior to law school, I worked as an investigator in various capacities. I began as a felony investigator for the Public Defender’s Office and then moved on as a financial investigator for the Attorney General’s Office. For the three years prior to beginning law school, I worked as an investigator for a non-for-profit fair housing organization. In addition to my experience as an investigator, I also teach Criminology and the Criminal Justice System at the University of Phoenix.
How has Seattle University School of Law benefited you? What have you found most valuable during your law school experience?
Seattle University School of Law has benefited me in so many ways. I moved to the United States from France when I was 15 years old and I did not know any English. The fact that English is not my first language is something that has always been a concern of mine, especially related to writing. Since Seattle University School of Law has the No. 1 legal writing program in the country, this was a big factor in my decision to pursue my legal education here. The legal writing professors and their willingness to schedule meetings with me one-on-one increased my ability and confidence in legal writing. I have just completed my first year of law school but I can already see a huge difference in my writing!
Was there a defining moment or experience that confirmed your decision to become a lawyer or to practice a particular type of law?
Shortly after I began my career at the Public Defender’s office, I knew that I wanted to become an attorney. I had the opportunity to work with attorneys and testify in court. Witnessing the court system and understanding the influence that an attorney has, particularly to help people, made me realize that this was the path for me to take.