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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.

2015-2016 Participants

Sanaa NagiSanaa Nagi, 1L

I was born and raised in Florida, where I received my B.S. in Political Science and Psychology from Florida State University. I have always admired attorneys and the role they play in society, and it wasn't until my senior year of college that I decided to go to law school and work towards law as a career. I moved to Seattle in August, without seeing the school or the city. Although I do miss the sun and sand, SU's focus on social justice along with city life in Seattle have afforded me the opportunity to experience a diverse and community-oriented environment. When not in class, I can be found exploring eclectic restaurants in the city or planning my next trip to a bucket-list destination.

Kristin BatesKristin Bateman, 1L

After living and studying all over the United States and in the UK, I am thrilled to be back in my hometown Seattle, studying law at Seattle University. My path has not been a traditional one — before coming to law school, I enjoyed an active career as a flutist, orchestral musician, and teacher. Having changed my focus in such a dramatic way is both exciting and scary, but I am looking forward to using my studies and eventual legal career to enrich and benefit the Seattle community I missed so much while I was away. At Seattle U, I look forward to exploring my interests in environmental law, arts law, and intellectual property.

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Steven PraySteven Pray, 1L

I grew up in Kent, Washington, just a short drive down I-5 from Seattle. I moved to Ellensburg to attend Central Washington University after I graduated from high school. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Law and Justice. I was fortunate enough to get an internship at a local law office during my last year of college. This sparked my interest in family law and the legal profession in general. I feel so privileged to be able to start my journey here at the Seattle University School of Law. When I'm not studying or attending class I like to take adventures with my friends around Seattle.


Jacqueline HacklerJacqueline Hackler, 2L

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.

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Nicole PriceNicole Price, 2L

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.

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Emily SchwabEmily Schwab, 2L

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.

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Matthew Chin