Student Experiences

Learn more about the student experience with testimonials from current students and recent alumni.

Jonhatan A. Aragon ‘20

UCI Law was instrumental in securing post-graduate employment in New York City.  In the summer of 2018, I externed for the Honorable Cheryl L. Pollak in the Eastern District of New York after learning about the position through a UCI Law alumna...  I had lived and worked in New York City before attending UCI Law, and I knew that I wanted to keep the possibility of returning to New York City after graduation open.  While externing with Judge Pollak, I applied to several summer associate positions at New York City-based law firms for the summer of 2019…  I was a summer associate at Willkie, Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York City this past summer and received a permanent offer thereafter.  It was in part because of UCI Law's professional network that I attained my goal: the possibility of returning to New York City after graduation.”

Caspian Nash ‘19

“Even as a law student, I had a very specific idea of the type of legal work I wanted to do and the community I wanted to serve as an attorney. My experience in New York confirmed my goals and gave me unique opportunities for mentorship at one of the only organizations in the country doing similar work.  UCI Law’s externship program made it possible for me to spend time in New York without sacrificing my other academic goals.”

Eldrin Masangkay ‘20

“I worked for the Immigration Court in New York during my 1L summer and it has helped me in two regards.  First, it trained me to become a very good communicator and writer. Because New York is such a diverse community, it actually had the largest backlog of cases among any other immigration court in the nation.  Due to this backlog, we were able to work on a lot of cases and a diverse set of cases at well.  Secondly, I was able to explore the city and make different connections and diverse amount of connections. These networking opportunities will go further down the road if at any point I would want to work in NYC.”