NOTE:   We are not yet ready to welcome visitors to the Law School. Team Admissions and Aid along with our student admissions ambassadors and other community members are finalizing the visitor schedule consistent with university guidelines for the upcoming spring semester.  Please do not come to campus until the opportunities are posted are posted on the Experience UCI Law page.

Updated: 1/10/2023

Admissions Ambassadors

UCI School of Law takes immense pride in the collegial environment our community has developed. Our students play a large role, if not the biggest role, in fostering that culture. Admissions Ambassadors are current UCI Law students who dedicate time out of their busy schedules to serve as a resource to prospective students.

Below, you will find short biographies of current Admissions Ambassadors. If you are interested in learning more about a student’s journey to law school and their experience so far, please email ambassadors@law.uci.edu and your message will be routed to the specific Ambassador you request. 

Please keep in mind that conversations with Ambassadors have no bearing on your admissions decision. Rather, your conversations with them are an opportunity for you to gain insight into our student body and community. If you have any other questions regarding the admissions process, please email admissions@law.uci.edu.

  • Fernando Acevedo, '24

    Pronouns: He/Him/His/Él
    Hometown: Yonkers, NY
    Undergrad: Stony Brook University
    Professional Interests: Immigration law
    Student Engagement: First Generation Professionals Program; Latinx Law Students Association; Law Students for Immigrant Justice; Public Interest Law Fund
    Practical Training Experience: Public Law Center's Immigration Screening Clinic; Saturday Academy of Law; Esperanza Immigrant Right's Project Work Permit Clinic; Transgender Legal Assistance Clinic

    “I chose UCI Law because of the focus on public interest work, the ability to begin pro bono work from the first semester, and the clinical requirement. Looking back to my own admissions experience, I wouldn't change a thing about where I ended up; however, I would have started the process earlier. I decided I wanted to go to law school the summer before my junior year of college and I would have benefitted from an earlier start. I chose to be an Admissions Ambassador because as a Latinx First-Gen law student from the East Coast, I bring a valuable perspective. I enjoy mentorship roles and answering questions. I didn't have that person when I applied to law school, so it would be great to be able to be that person others.”

  • Tomris Ahmad Shah, '25

    Pronons: She/Her/Hers
    Hometown: Atlanta, GA
    Undergrad: Tulane University
    Professional Interests: Public health, pre-med
    Student Engagement: International Law Society; International Refugee Assistance Project; Latinx Law Students Association; Public Interest Law Fund; Women in Tech Law

    “My favorite class at UCI Law has been Civil Procedure with Professor Talesh. The class is so engaging, and I get to learn about procedures I grew up hearing about (thanks, Law & Order) and Professor Talesh makes them so easily comprehensible. My two favorite places to study are in my apartment in Palo Verde and Kit Coffee in Newport Beach. My motivation for wanting to connect with prospective studens is that I understand how difficult navigating the admissions process can be. I'd like to use my skills and experience in navigating it for myself to help others in the same boat.”

  • Ahmad Azzawi, '25

    Pronouns: He/Him/His
    Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Undergrad: UC Los Angeles
    Professional Interests: International law, intellectual property, corporate law
    Student Engagement: International Law Society; Muslim Law Student Association; Black Law Student Association; Middle Eastern South Asian Law Student Association

    “I chose UCI Law because the program is entirely innovative, the professors are world-class, and the school is 15 minutes from the beach. The doctrinal 1L legal analysis classes are interesting but my favorite classes are definitely Legal Profession and Lawyering Skills because they equip me with the tools necessary to be a successful practitioner. I became an Admissions Ambassador because I feel so grateful to have communicated with UCI ambassador's in my journey; and I hope I can be as helpful with you as previous UCI Admissions Ambassadors were with me."

  • Alyx Bogus, '23

    Pronouns: She/Her/Her
    Hometown: San Diego, CA
    Undergrad: Point Loma Nazarene University
    Professional Interests: Intellectual property, women and the law, legal history
    Student Engagement: Christian Legal Society; First Generation Professionals Program; Public Interest Law Fund; Women in Tech Law

    “Applying for law school was a wild, stressful, and exciting time for me, so I hope I can be a good resource for others as they embark on the same journey.”

  • Clara Bourget, '24

    Pronous: She/Her/Hers
    Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
    Undergrad: University of Toronto
    Professional Interests: Patent litigation
    Student Engagement: First Generation Professionals Program; Public Interest Law Fund
    Practical Training Experiene: Florida Rights Restoration Coalition; OC Clean Slate; Street Law, Inc.

    “As a first generation professional and international student, coming to UCI Law was a big journey to take on, but I couldn't be happier with my decision. I received a lot of help from the Admission Ambassadors when I was navigating the admission processes myself, so I am looking forward to being able to give back by helping future students!”

  • Alicia Burrell, '24

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
    Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA
    Undergrad: USC
    Professional Interests: Litigation, criminal law, family law
    Student Engagement: Black Law Student Association; Women in the Law, First Generation Professionals Program
    Practical Training Experience: Domestic Violence Declarations; Expungement Clinic; Children's Law Center

    “My favorite thing about UCI Law is the people. I chose to become an Admissions Ambassador because applying for law school is a difficult, joyous, and defining time. I would like to provide my help for any prospective student who needs it! The journey to law school is a long road and tough when you don't know anyone who has been through it. I hope to be that resource for future UCI Law Anteaters.”

  • Isaiah Crosby, '24

    Pronouns: He/Him/His
    Hometown: Bellflower, CA and Atlanta, GA
    Undergrad: UC Irvine
    Professional Interests: Civil litigation, prosecution
    Student Engagement: Black Law Student Association; First Generation Professionals Program
    Practical Training Experiene: Afghan Scholars Project; Street Law Inc.

    “What I love most about UCI Law is having a community that supports me in all manners. When I was applying to law school, it felt like I asked 1000 people what I should do and where I should go. Those 1000 people helped me navigate through the daunting admission process that led me to where I am today. My primary hope is that I have the ability to be the 1000th person that helps someone to make their final decision.”

  • Kaiya Daniels, '25

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
    Hometown: Moreno Valley, CA
    Undergrad: CSU Long Beach
    Professional Interests: Criminal defense. juvenile justice, public interest
    Student Engagement: Black Law Student Association; Public Interest Law Fund

    “I chose UCI Law because the culture is everything I need to thrive in a very stressful time. I thought law school would be extremely competitive and intimidating, but my classmates have supported each other completely. The faculty and staff have also been extremely supportive and provide any resource I would need, and I really feel that everyone at UCI Law wants to see each other win. I understand how stressful the admissions process can be and I want to make the process smoother for prospective students!”

  • Brittany Emsais, '23

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
    Hometown: Buena Park, CA   
    Undergrad: USC
    Professional Interests: Criminal defense, post-conviction work
    Student Engagment: Criminal Law Society; First Generation Professionals Program; Middle Eastern & South Asian Law Student Association; Women's Law Society
    Practical Training Experience: Criminal Justice Clinic, Civil Rights Litigation Clinic; Kill the Kill Zone; Orange County Probation Department; PLC Reentry; Root and Rebound Hotline; Ohio PD Appellate Research; Children of Incarcerated Caregiver Research; Clean Slate Clinic; Saturday Academy of Law; Jim Crow Juries Mitigation Letters

    “My favorite thing about UCI Law is the community. It is so welcoming, inclusive, and kind. I enjoy being an Admissions Ambassador because the opportunity to talk with a current law student would have helped me make my decision to attend UCI Law easier. I love being that resource for other people.”

  • Esther Esho, '25

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
    Hometown: Highland, CA
    Undergraduate: UC Riverside
    Professional Interests: Environmental law, entertainment law, intellectual property
    Student Engagement: Black Law Student Association; Entertainment and Sports Law Society; Environmental Law Society; Intellectual Property Law Society

    “My goal in becoming an Admissions Ambassador is to help prospective students like those that helped me. The conversations I had with current students were one of the reasons I decided to come to UCI Law. The people are my favorite aspect of this school. The community is so supportive and very down to earth. My on-campus study location of choice is the student lounge, but off-campus it is the MoonGoat Coffee Shop in Costa Mesa.”

  • Claire Foster, '25

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
    Hometown: Tustin, CA
    Undergrad: University of Puget Sound
    Professional Interests: Health law, in-house counsel
    Student Involvement and Interests: If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice; Labor & Employment Law Society; OutLaw; Public Interest Law Fund; Women's Law Society

    "I chose UCI because of its amazing Pro Bono Program. Even in my first semester, I have gotten to work on 5 different projects that span the spectrum of my legal interests. Being able to learn about the law first hand while getting to work with these organizations is truly invaluable to my law school education."

  • Carolina Garcia, '25

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
    Hometown: Rosemead, CA
    Undergrad: UC Santa Cruz
    Professional Interests: Health law
    Student Engagement: Entertainment and Sports Law Society; First Generation Professionals Program; Latinx Law Students Association; Law Students for Educational Equality; Law Students for Immigrant Justice; OutLaw; Public Interest Law Fund

    “My favorite class so far at UCI Law has been Lawyering Skills. I enjoy researching legal questions and reading about how different court opinions address the issue. My study location of choice is the Law Library and my beverage to fuel up for class is a cucumber and pineapple water during the semester and a cold brew during final exams. I chose to attend UCI Law because I had a wonderful experience during Admitted Students Weekend (ASW) and I learned that the community is the best aspect of UCI Law so far. I had a wonderful experience with the Admission Ambassadors from last year, which led me to ultimately choose UCI Law. Now, I would like to give back to the program and share my experience with prospective students.”

  • Ryan Ghassemi, '24

    Pronouns: He/Him/His
    Hometown: Woodland Hills, CA
    Undergrad: USC
    Professional Interests: Commercial litigation
    Student Engagement: Business Law Society; Entertainment and Sports Law Society; Middle Eastern & South Asian Law Student Association; Muslim Law Students Association
    Practical Training Experience: Saturday Academy of Law; NAACP Legal Defense Case Monitoring; Giffords Research; Afghanistan Support Project; OC Clean Slate Clinic

    “I chose UCI Law because I found that the wealth of interdisciplinary and practical opportunities available to me here would be unmatched among schools. In addition, UCI Law allows you to choose your own path. We’re the business school of law schools. We focus on community, collegiality, and collective advancement. When I was choosing a law school the one thing I would have done differently is I would have researched clinical offerings, specific classes, and professors, and more about student life. I became an Admissions Ambassador because I love introducing people to UCI law, and of course, Team Admissions & Aid are awesome.”

  • Alyssa Gonzaga, '25

    Pronouns: She/They
    Hometown: Quezon City, Philippines and San Diego, CA
    Undergrad: UC Berkeley
    Professional Interests: Labor and employment law, health law, education law
    Student Engagement: Asian Pacific American Law Student Association; First Generation Professionals Program; Law Students for Educational Equality; OutLaw; Public Interest Law Fund; Mental Health Law Society

    "I know firsthand how intimidating the law school process can be, especially as a low-income and first generation college graduate. From submitting your applications to choosing where to attend, tackling everything on your own can get overwhelming. As an admissions ambassador, I hope to be a resource for all prospective students and cannot wait to share everything I love about UCI Law!" 

  • Jason Grimm, '23

    Pronouns: He/Him/His
    Hometown: Long Beach, CA
    Undergrad: UC San Diego
    Professional Interests: Environmental law, civil litigation
    Student Engagment:  Environmental Law Society
    Practical Training Experience: Coastal Policy Pro Bono Project (Surfrider); UCDC Externship

    “My favorite aspect of UCI Law is how supportive and collaborative everyone is here! The faculty are truly inspiring and great!  I decided to be an Admissions Ambassador because I know how important choosing the right law school is and I want to help people in any way I can. As a first-generation law student with little knowledge of the legal profession prior to law school, I aim to be a bridge for students who want to learn more about the application process, UCI Law, and law school in general. I want to be a resource for prospective students as they navigate what can be a very confusing process.”

  • Andrew Hallak, '25

    Pronouns: He/Him/His
    Hometown: Lancaster, CA
    Undergrad: UC Irvine
    Professional Interests: Environmental law, international law, environmental and water resource governance, negotiations
    Student Engagement: Environmental Law Society; First Generation Professionals Program; International Law Society; Middle Eastern & South Asian Law Student Association; OutLaw; Public Interest Law Fund

    “UCI has been my home for the last 10 years—first as an undergraduate student, then as professional staff, and now as a concurrent J.D. and Ph.D. student in the School of Law and the Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy program. As a first-generation, Arab-American college student, I am a product of UCI's commitment to uplifting students from marginalized backgrounds. I chose UCI Law because I strongly believe in experiential education and UCI Law's Pro Bono, Lawyering Skills and Clinic programs give you unmatched opportunities. And let’s be real, law school is expensive, but UCI Law makes things a little easier through programs like guaranteed housing, a second-hand textbook market, and professional clothing drives. Lastly, the campus community is so supportive. From its collaborative and interdisciplinary environment to its career development office and student-run affinity groups, you'll feel at home in no time. Ultimately, I hope that by being transparent about my overwhelmingly positive experiences at UCI, prospective students can make the most informed decision related to their admissions to UCI Law.”

  • Qinzhe Jin, '24

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
    Hometown: Henan, China
    Undergrad: UC San Diego
    Professional Interests: Tax law, business law
    Student Engagement: Asian Pacific American Law Student Association; International Law Society; Student Bar Association
    Practical Training Experience: Community Economic and Development Clinic; HEART LA Pet Protection Project; Saturday Academy of Law

    “My favorite parts of UCI Law are the wonderful and supporting faculty, the experiential learning opportunities, and the close and supportive community. This is my second year serving as an Admissions Ambassador and the experience has been so rewarding and exciting! I get to talk with many prospective students and helped with Admitted Students Weekend (ASW) and have made many friends even before they arrive at UCI Law! I was especially proud when a 1L student told me that she decided to join UCI Law after our conversation.”

  • Kanome Jones, '24

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
    Hometown: Little Rock, AR
    Undergrad: Missouri State University
    Professional Interests: Litigation, corporate law
    Student Engagement: Black Law Student Association; First Generation Professionals Program; Intellectual Property Law Society
    Practical Training Experience: LiveChat (Legal Aid Association of California); Civil Litigation Law & Motion (Community Legal Aid SoCal); Transgender Legal Assistance Clinic

    “I love being an Admissions Ambassador because I have the opportunity to provide support, joy and guidance for prospective students through what can be a vulnerable and hectic process.  UCI Law is a wonderful place and I want to share the value of this really awesome community!”

  • Jennifer Kaku, '25

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
    Hometown: Arlington, VA
    Undergrad: Pitzer College
    Professional Interests: Public interest law
    Student Engagement: Asian Pacific American Law Student Association; First Generation Professionals Program; OutLaw; Public Interest Law Fund

    “I chose UCI Law because of its small class size, the supportive community, and the individualized support for each student. I love the experiential learning opportunities offered to each student and the collaborative and collegiate environment. I wanted to become an ambassador because I received so much advice and guidance from other Admissions Ambassadors and to promote the legal profession to people who share identities with me.”

  • David Ye Kim, '24

    Pronouns: He/Him/His
    Hometown: Indonesia
    Undergrad: United States Military Academy
    Professional Interests: Labor and employment, mergers and acquisitions
    Student Engagement: Asian Pacific American Law Student Association
    Practical Training Experience: Pro bono human trafficking victim vacate relief

    “I chose to attend UCI Law because I heard that the faculty at UCI Law were very qualified and extremely accessible, great things about the clinics, and because I knew I wanted to live and work in Orange County and thought that UCI Law's location would help me access this job market. Thankfully, I found all of these to be true. My favorite class at UCI Law has been Lawyering Skills. This course was practical and gave me a good idea of what legal writing is like and I got to practice my interviewing skills with clients. My beverage of choice to fuel up for class is coffee with a dash of rage or anxiety. And my favorite place to study is any coffee shop with good coffee, Wi-Fi, and a seat.”

  • Joe Kitaj, '24

    Pronouns: He/Him/His
    Hometown: Santa Monica, CA
    Undergrad: University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Professional Interests: Technology law, corporate law, environmental law
    Student Engagement: Business Law Society; Entertainment and Sports Law Society
    Practical Training Experience: Last Prisoner Project (Cannabis Justice)

    “I chose UCI Law because of its fantastic job placement within Southern California. For any students interested in practicing in SoCal, UCI Law is a great choice! One of the great aspects about our school is how absolutely friendly everyone is! My favorite class so far has been Contracts because Professor Leslie made learning the common law exciting and my study location of choice is the California Room in the Law Library. Reflecting on my own admissions journey, it may sound cliché, but I really would have worried less.”

  • Olivia Land, '25

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
    Hometown: Austin, TX
    Undergrad: University of Georgia
    Professional Interests: Civil litigation and transactions
    Student Engagement: Business Law Society; If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice; Women's Law Society

    “I chose UCI Law for a number of reasons. But above all else, their approach to legal education was exciting and refreshing to me. Now that I'm enrolled, I can say with certainty that I made the right choice. My favorite aspect of UCI Law is their commitment to preparing its students for a career in law. From pro bono and clinic opportunities to a specialized curriculum, UCI Law prepares us for the practice (not just the study) of law. Lawyering Skills is my favorite class at UCI Law so far. I have really enjoyed developing the practical skills required to do well in this field - from research and writing to client interviews. I really appreciate the opportunity to learn by doing and feel like I've already made significant improvements in my writing ability. I was an ambassador for my undergraduate school and loved connecting with prospective students. Especially being out of state, I know first-hand how encounters with Ambassadors and school tours can really shape your opinion of a school.”

  • Honna Li, '25

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
    Hometown: Portland, OR
    Undergrad: Emory University
    Professional Interests: Business law, property law, international law
    Student Engagement: Asian Pacific American Law Student Association; International Law Society; Business Law Society; OutLaw

    “I enrolled at UCI law because of their extensive pro bono program and my favorite aspect of UCI law is the community and how helpful and kind the professors, peers, and administration are. I hope I can be a resource for prospective law students in the same way that UCI's admissions ambassadors helped me navigate the process last year.  I am also interested in helping students who go straight from undergrad into law school, because it can feel alienating or like a big step to make. By doing so, hopefully I can demystify some of the scary things about law school for these students!”

  • Shirley Xiaoli Li, '24

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
    Hometown: China
    Undergrad: Tianjin University
    Professional Interests: Corporate law
    Student Engagement: Business Law Society; Tax Law Society
    Practical Training Experience: Domestic Violence Declaration; Saturday Academy of Law

    “I chose UCI Law because of its intellectually stimulating atmosphere and the friendly and respectful community. My favorite courses have been Remedies and Contracts because the knowledge from those two courses are very practical and close to our daily life. As an international student who speaks Mandarin, I’m excited to be an Admissions Ambassador and communicate with prospective students.”

  • Sunny Liu, '25

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
    Hometown: Beijing, China
    Undergrad: Sarah Lawrence College
    Professional Interests: Civil litigation, tax law, intellectual property
    Student Engagement: Asian Pacific American Law Student Association; Intellectual Property Law Society; International Law Society; OutLaw; Public Interest Law Fund; Tax Law Society; Women's Law Society; Women in Tech Law

    “The UCI Law community really cares about its student’s well-being and provides a lot of foundational support. Talking with students at the Admitted Students Weekend (ASW) really helped me understand and prepare for UCI. I’m only in my 1L year but so far it’s been really good - the professors are wonderful, and the coursework is challenging but not impossible. So far, my favorite class at UCI Law has been Torts because it has the most interesting stories. When I need to really hit the books, I love my little study that I set up in my Verano Place family housing because my kitty is with me and I have a great tea set up there!”

  • Lamia Mansur, '25

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
    Hometown: San Diego, CA
    Undergrad: UC Santa Cruz
    Professional Interests: Family law, juvenile justice, education law, environmental law
    Student Engagement: Environmental Law Society; Law Students for Educational Equality; Middle Eastern & South Asian Law Student Association; Public Interest Law Fund

    “The best part of UCI Law so far is the community. I remember doing a UCI Law tour as a prospective student and the representative emphasized the community. When I enrolled, I realized how accurate she was. It feels like a genuine community and is not at all competitive. So far, my favorite class at UCI Law has been Torts because the cases are always really interesting and I really love the Pro Bono Program. It was a huge draw that first-year students get the opportunity to experience hands-on training. I chose to be an Admissions Ambassador because of experiences I had at my undergraduate university. I loved working with prospective students, talking with them, answering questions, and sharing my love of my university with them.”

  • Melanie McCorkle, '25

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
    Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA
    Undergrad: UC Berkeley
    Professional Interests: Juvenile advocacy
    Student Engagement: If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice; It Takes a Village; Law Students for Educational Equality; Public Interest Law Fund; Tax Law Society

    “So far my favorite aspect of UCI Law are my peers! They're very open, generous, and collaborative. I'm excited to engage more with the community at UCI Law and to share what I learn with incoming students. Legal Profession has become one of my favorite courses. It's fascinating to learn about different career paths in the law, and to hear from practicing attorneys. I also enjoy the lively class discussion about ethics in legal practice! Another great aspect I love about UCI Law is the student housing. The neighborhood provides a nice community setting to live in while you study here, with families from all different backgrounds. There are playgrounds and community gardens and neighborhood events like taco nights and ice cream socials!”

  • Tiffany Morris-Holm, '25

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
    Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
    Undergrad: USC
    Professional Interests: Intellectual property
    Student Engagement: First Generation Professionals Program; If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice; Intellectual Property Law Society; Public Interest Law Fund; Women's Law Society

    “My favorite aspect of UCI Law is the welcoming culture that the school brings. All of the people at UCI Law, from the professors, staff, and my fellow students, want to see you succeed. It is a wonderful environment to learn in. As a first generation college student, I know how difficult it can be to navigate the law school admissions process. However, it was very helpful to be able to talk with a current student to see their first-hand experience with law school. I hope to provide that guidance to other prospective students.”

  • Roxanne Markus, '23

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
    Hometown: Orange County, CA
    Undergrad: UC Los Angeles
    Professional Interests: Criminal law, health law, trial advocacy/litigation, alternate dispute resolution
    Student Engagement: First Generation Professionals Program
    Practical Training Experience: Pet Protection Project Pro Bono

    “Having gone through the admissions process as a first generation college student, I understand how stressful and intimidating it can be. I wanted to become an Admissions Ambassador to serve as an open resource for prospective students to count on for guidance and support during this exciting chapter in their lives!”

  • Logan Nantais, '25

    Pronouns: He/Him/His
    Hometown: Long Beach, CA
    Undergrad: University of Pennsylvania
    Professional Interests: Human rights, international law, intellectual property
    Student Engagement: Student Bar Association; International Law Society; Jewish Law Society; Intellectual Property Law Society

    “I chose UCI Law for its robust experiential learning opportunities. My favorite aspect about UCI Law is the welcoming and tight knit community, and I really am impressed by the faculty as well. I wanted to be an Admissions Ambassador because I know how essential they were to my own decision in deciding to attend UCI Law. I take enjoyment from answering questions and helping prospective students navigate this exciting and often stressful journey.”

  • Jay Narimatsu, '25

    Pronouns: He/Him/His
    Hometown: Honolulu, HI
    Undergrad: UC Los Angeles
    Professional Interests: Administrative law, public interest, intellectual property
    Student Engagement: American Constitution Society; Asian Pacific American Law Student Association; Business Law Society; Law Students for Educational Equality; Student Bar Association

    “UCI Law is one of the few schools that allows first-year students to engage in meaningful client work right from the very start of our legal education. It is an incredible experience to develop skills working directly with clients that you do not get from the standard 1L curriculum. I previously enjoyed my experience working as an Ambassador at my undergraduate school and am excited to continue serving as a resource for our future Anteaters! My favorite class so far is Legal Profession. Learning how to resolve the legal and ethical issues that lawyers confront in practice settings, as well as how to navigate the enormous cultural, legal, and economic forces that are reshaping the legal profession has been an extremely eye-opening experience.”

  • Adriana Perera, '24

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
    Hometown: Norwalk, CA
    Undergrad: UC Irvine
    Professional Interests: Public interest, contracts, special education
    Student Engagement: Christian Legal Society; First Generation Professionals Program; Law Students for Educational Equality; Middle Eastern & South Asian Law Student Association; Public Interest Law Fund; Student Bar Association; Law Students for Educational Equity; Mental Health Law Society; Labor and Work Law Society
    Practical Training Experience: Root and Rebound; Saturday Academy of Law; Pars Equity Center; Transactional Law Project at the Public Law Center; Street Law; Afghan Support Project; Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles Afghan Scholars Humanitarian Parole Project

    “It's hard to choose one, but one of my favorite aspects is the community-centered approach that UCI Law takes in academics, pro bono projects, professional development, and more. I became an Admissions Ambassador to share my experience and knowledge with others in the hopes that other individuals can pursue their goals at UCI Law.  As a first generation student and immigrant, I know the value of mentorship and support, and I hope that I can provide this help to future students. I am excited to show others how UCI Law can provide a great legal education and a supportive and interactive community.”

  • Omar Mohamad Rizk, '24

    Pronouns: He/Him/His
    Hometown: Woodinville, WA
    Undergrad: UC Los Angeles
    Professional Interests: Civil rights law, corporate and securities Law, criminal law, family and juvenile law, immigration law
    Student Engagement: Black Law Student Association; Business Law Society; Entertainment and Sports Law Society; First Generation Professionals Program; Latinx Law Students Association; Middle Eastern & South Asian Law Student Association; Muslim Law Students Association; Public Interest Law Fund; Student Bar Association; Tax Law Society
    Practical Training Experience: Innocence Project; Orange County Workers’ Rights Clinic; Street Law; Clean Slate

    “The community at UCI Law is great. Everyone from your fellow classmates to your professors are all invested in your success and are very approachable. The best class for me has been Lawyering Skills because it is the building block of law school and I was able to foster a great relationship with my professor. I chose to enroll at UCI Law due to the strong pro bono program available almost immediately to 1Ls as well as the community.”

  • Brenda Rosas, '24

    Pronous: She/Her/Hers
    Hometown: Anaheim, CA
    Undergrad: UC Irvine
    Professional Interests: Education law, legal profession pipeline programs, police accountability, juvenile justice
    Student Engagement: First Generation Professionals Program, If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice; Latinx Law Students Association; Law Students for Educational Equality; Law Students for Immigrant Justice; Public Interest Law Fund; Student Bar Association; Women's Law Society
    Practical Training Experience: Saturday Academy of Law; Peace and Justice Law Center Police Accountability Program; Public Law Center Domestic Violence Assistance Program; Transgender Legal Assistance Clinic; Immigrant Defenders Law Center Juvenile Removal Defense; Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project Work Permit Clinic; Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles Permanency Project for Victims of Crime

    “As a proud Chicana, daughter of immigrants, and first-generation high school, college, and now law school student, I understand firsthand how difficult it can be to navigate higher education. I am grateful for all the support I've received through outreach and mentorship programs and I want to continue supporting underrepresented communities like my own. This is my second year serving as an Admissions Ambassador and I love speaking to every prospective student that has reached out.”

  • Elizabeth Schatz Cordero, '23

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
    Hometown: Milwaukee, WI/Chicago, IL 
    Undergrad: University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Professional Interests: Environmental justice
    Student Engagement: Environmental Law Society; First Generation Professionals Program; Latinx Law Students Association; Law Students for Educational Equality; Law Students for Immigrant Justice
    Practical Training Experience: Claim Settlement for Homeless Individuals with Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights; Expungement Project/Clean Slate Clinic; Inmate Letter Writing for Conditions Monitoring with ACLU SoCal; Country Conditions Research for Asylum Seeker from Ecuador with Human Rights Initiative; Water Quality Advocacy and Litigation with Orange County Coastkeeper; Inland Empire & Coachella Valley Water Keeper; ELI Tribal Sovereignty

    “I love how supportive professors, groups and students that foster community are at UCI Law. I am an Admissions Ambassador to provide guidance to prospective students just as previous UCI students did for me. As a first gen Latina law student, I know first-hand how daunting this experience is and recognize how valuable peer-support can be during this process."

  • Katie Seaman, '23

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
    Hometown: Long Beach, CA
    Undergrad: UC Berkeley
    Professional Interests: Criminal law, prosecution
    Student Engagement: Public Interest Law Fund; Women's Law Society
    Practical Training Experience: Thai CDC; Clean Slate Clinic; Saturday Academy of Law; People's Clinic

    “Applying for and choosing a law school was an overwhelming process; I’m very happy I chose UCI Law, and I love helping others make that same choice if it's a good one for them! I love the small community here and that everyone is willing to help out one another.”

  • Jean Selep, '24

    Pronouns: They/Them
    Hometown: Folsom, CA
    Undergrad: Northwestern University
    Professional Interests: Intellectual property
    Student Engagement: Intellectual Property Law Society; OutLaw
    Practical Training Experience: Transgender Legal Assistance

    “I chose UCI Law because of their IP program and their focus on public service. The infusion of public interest in every class has made the process of becoming a lawyer a more rewarding experience. The best place to study at law school is the second floor of the library in front of a sunny window and my favorite way to fuel up for class is coffee with just a little bit of hazelnut creamer. The two classes I have enjoyed and learned the most from is Antitrust and Civil Procedure. Professor Leslie and Professor Talesh have been fantastic in teaching difficult material and were both very welcoming. I chose to be an Admissions Ambassador because I came into law school without a lot of knowledge about the experience and I'd like to help prospective students come in with a better understanding than I did.”

  • Jelani Shelton, '24

    Pronouns: He/Him/His, They/Them
    Hometown:
     Pomona, CA
    Undergrad: UC Santa Cruz
    Professional Interests: Entertainment law, intellectual property
    Student Involvement and Interests: Black Law Student Association; Entertainment and Sports Law Society; Intellectual Property Law Society
    Practical Training Experience: Clean Slate; ACLU Letter program

    “Representation of a diverse student body is a crucial factor that can sway an admitted student's decision on where they will attend. As a first generation law student of color I know that the admissions process can be daunting. I am proud to be a resource and guide to potential students so they can make the most informed decision and hopefully join the UCI Law family.”

  • Ethan Smith, '23

    Pronouns: He/Him/His
    Hometown: Wenatchee, WA
    Undergrad: Berklee College of Music
    Professional Interests: Civil litigation, labor and employment, administrative law, education law
    Student Engagement: If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, Law Students for Educational Equality, OutLaw
    Practical Training Experience: Transgender Legal Assistance Clinic; Workers, Law, and Organizing Clinic

    “Having a safe and supportive community and public interest opportunities were critical to my decision to attend UCI Law. I'm excited to have the opportunity to be a resource to others embarking on that decision-making process. I aim to be a resource to prospective students, particularly LGBTQIA+ students and students from non-traditional academic backgrounds.”

  • Joshua Teincuff, '25

    Pronouns: He/Him/His
    Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA
    Undergrad: UC Davis
    Professional Interests: Civil litigation
    Student Engagement: Environmental Law Society; National Lawyers Guild; Public Interest Law Fund; Student Bar Association

    “Having debated heavily over which law school to attend during my admissions process, I’m excited to share with prospective students the reasons why I chose UCI law and the incredible opportunities available at this school. The opportunities for student involvement both within the law school and the surrounding community are extraordinary. I love the community building at UCI Law and the focus on community outreach.”

  • Ramon Thomas, '25

    Pronouns: He/Him/His
    Hometown: Atlanta, GA
    Undergrad: Eastern Florida State University
    Professional Interests: Contracts
    Student Engagement: Black Law Student Association; Business Law Society; Entertainment and Sports Law Society; Intellectual Property Law Society

    “As a first generation college graduate, applying to law school was extremely stressful. I had no one I could reach out to for guidance, so I made a lot of mistakes during my application process. I want to be an Admissions Ambassador because I learned so much during the admissions process, and I want to help others make the best decisions for them. One of the reasons why I chose UCI Law is the focus on doing practical legal work and experiential learning. There is only so much you can learn from reading a book and taking tests. The practical training you get from the clinics and pro bono work stood out to me most.”

  • Karen Trinh, '25

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
    Hometown: Freemont, CA
    Undergrad: UC Santa Barbara
    Professional Interests: Corporate law
    Student Engagement: Asian Pacific American Law Student Association

    “My favorite class so far has been Lawyering Skills, because it is making me a better writer! In my free time, I love exploring the Irvine area and my preferred place to study is in my graduate housing complex – the Verano Community Center. One of the best aspects of UCI Law is the supportive culture and emphasis on kindness. This makes law school a happier place. Zot! Zot! Zot!”

  • Romina Zarbaf, '25

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
    Hometown: Irvine, CA
    Undergrad: UC Irvine
    Professional Interests: Business law
    Student Engagement: Business Law Society, If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice; Middle Eastern & South Asian Law Student Association; Women's Law Society

    “UCI Law really wants its students to succeed. That is something you can really feel when you visit the campus, talk to faculty and staff, and speak with current students. Everyone does what they can to make sure you have the information you need to take the next step in the right direction, or direction that is meant for you. I’m thrilled to be a representative of UCI Law to show incoming students how diverse our school is and to help alleviate fears surrounding law school.”