Law Student Diaries
Several Seattle University School of Law students are participating in our online student journals. Since the school year began, they have been gathering their thoughts and reflections about what it means to be a law student here: from classroom experiences to juggling commitments to making the most of their legal educations.
We invite you to travel through the year with the students as they share not only their confidences and anxieties but also their accomplishments and success strategies. Hear what it's like to be an Seattle University law student, as they candidly express views about not only law school, but also the law generally, and their professional aspirations.
New entries will be available approximately every few weeks as students find time to squeeze their updates into their busy lives.
Mayra Rangel, 2L
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.
Jacqueline Hackler, 1L
I'm originally from Southern California. I went to Chapman University in Orange County where I majored in Political Science and minored in Communication Studies. After graduating, I worked for a former Seattle University School of Law alumnus who sparked my interest in the University. Having stayed in Southern California for my undergraduate degree, I decided I wanted a change of pace. I visited Seattle and fell in love with the city and school.
Nicole Price, 1L
I grew up in Auburn, Washington but went to Willamette University in Oregon, where I graduated in 2014 with a B.A. in Politics and Economics while also playing four years of collegiate soccer. Growing up, soccer had always been my passion but, during my time in Oregon, I developed a second passion for women's issues. Ever since I knew what a lawyer was I have wanted to go to law school and, as soon as I visited Seattle University, I knew this was the place for me. While I am open to learning about all types of law, I hope to combine both of my passions and pursue sports law in order to make a difference for athletes who are women, particularly on the international level.
Emily Schwab, 1L
I just moved to Seattle from my hometown of Salem, OR. I attended Oregon State University where I earned a bachelor of arts in history. After graduation, I had the amazing opportunity to serve as legislative assistant in the Oregon State House. It was working in this setting that really opened my eyes to how much want there is in the world. This experience led me to the law and kindled my passion for social justice, especially for women and children. My goal is to be a true advocate, a voice for the voiceless.
Matthew Chin, 2L
Hello! My name is Matthew Chin. I'm originally from Hingham, Massachusetts, a small coastal town just south of Boston, but moved out to Seattle to pursue my dream of working in sports law. I graduated in 2011 from Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY) with a double major in Political Science and Public Policy, and then spent two years working in investment banking in downtown Boston. Moving to Seattle was the boldest thing that I have ever done in my life. Law school in its own is a major adjustment, but studying in a city where I didn't initially know anyone has been especially eye-opening. While it has certainly taken me out of my comfort zone, I have loved every part of my time in the Pacific Northwest. When I'm not studying, you can find me exploring the streets of Seattle, finding any excuse to try out one of the many ethnic restaurants, or looking for the best pickup basketball game at the SU Fitness Center.
Brittany Molnar, 2L
Hello, my name is Brittany Molnar. I was born and raised in Arizona and attended Arizona State University majoring in political science with an emphasis in international studies and a minor in sociology. After graduation I went on to work in a small boutique estate planning/administration, probate and civil litigation law firm. While working at my law firm I went on to earn a certificate in paralegal studies. After spending 23 years in Arizona, I knew I wanted to experience something different and am so happy to have moved to Seattle for law school. When I am not in school I enjoy sporting events, mainly football (Go Sun Devils!), traveling, and reading.
Javier Ortiz, 2L
My name is Javier Ortiz, or Javi if you prefer. I'm originally from Southern California, where I got my permanent tan, as well as my B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside. After graduating in 2012, I explored the West Coast and fell in love with Seattle and its rain. I knew I wanted to be a lawyer since I first heard of the Supreme Court when I was about 11. My dreams were further cemented when I joined Amnesty International during my undergraduate years. Being a human rights activist opened my eyes to the world of social justice and the need to help undocumented labor workers and seek immigration reform. That is what led me to Seattle University as the place where I wanted to study law and further my career. I am very excited to start as a 1L here with a community that is so welcoming and helpful in every way. Outside of law school, you can find me around Seattle finding places to work on my fiction short stories, camping, or getting some good use out of my PS3.
Patricia Bredlau, 3L
Hello, my name is Patricia Bredlau. I am originally from Virginia but moved to Washington from Alabama. I studied at James Madison University in Virginia majoring in history and secondary education. After graduating I married my amazing husband, Jason. We then moved to Fort Rucker, Alabama so he could pursue his Army Aviation career by attending flight school. I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer but the timing to attend law school never seemed quite right until being stationed here at Joint Base Lewis McChord. I hope to pursue a career as a JAG officer and serve the military community that I love. When I'm not studying I enjoy crafting, exploring the outdoors, and playing with my Siberian Husky, Kojo.
Leandra Ebreo, 3L
My name is Leandra Ebreo. I am originally from the Seattle area and very proud to be a local. In 2012, I graduated from Santa Clara University near San Francisco, California. I majored in Political Science with an emphasis in Pre-Law. While I loved the sun and warm weather in California, I am very happy to be back in Seattle! I first became interested in law after watching famous criminal trials on TV with my grandmother. This interest has followed me since then and ultimately led me to law school. I am so blessed to say that I am a 1L at Seattle University. Even though the first year is just as challenging as people warned me, the professors at SU are amazing and have made the transition from undergrad a smooth one. Keeping an open mind, I am looking forward to learning about the different areas of law and finding one that suits me best. I love swimming, art, and especially food!