Alejandro Monarrez

Alejandro MonarrezClass of 2021

BS in Criminal Justice & Criminology with minors in Sociology and Pastoral Leadership
Loyola University Chicago

What did you do before law school, and what led to you pursue a law degree?

After graduating from Loyola University Chicago with my bachelor's degree in 2013, I served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps as a legal services specialist and court reporter. Upon honorable discharge from the Marine Corps in 2017, I was appointed by the Honorable Daniel J. Borowski, Sheboygan County Circuit Court Judge in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, to serve as a court reporter.

I am pursuing my law degree because I want to use my background and experiences combined with my Seattle U legal education in order to effectuate positive change in our legal system. I intend to use the skills I learn and Jesuit values to bring awareness and voice to those often marginalized and forgotten in our society.

Why did you choose Seattle U?

I chose Seattle U because of the fantastic opportunity to begin my studies through the Access Admission Program and complete criminal law during the summer. In keeping with Jesuit ideals, I also attend Seattle U because I want to receive my legal education at an institution where the pursuit of excellence and a commitment to service is continuously encouraged.

What activities are you involved in at the law school or in the community?

I am a member of the Latinx Law Student Association, Veteran Law Students Organization, First2Soar Peer Mentoring Program, and El Centro de La Raza.

What have you found most valuable during your law school education?

I have found most valuable during law school the opportunity to be consistently challenged in the way I see the world during class lecture and discussion. I find the contributions of my colleagues valuable because it provides me with opportunities to evaluate my own positions and thoughts on particular issues in the law and public policy.

What do you do outside of law school? What do you love about Seattle?

When I am not preparing for or attending class, I spend time with my wife, Iliana, and our golden retriever named Wrigley. I enjoy the fact Seattle has many diverse options for coffee, food, and outdoor activities within walking distance to Seattle U.

What advice would you offer a prospective law student?

I would advise a prospective law student to practice time management early on by creating a weekly schedule that can be realistically and consistently committed to. I also advice having an exercise regimen or some physical activity that can assist in maintaining one’s mental, emotional, and physical well-being in order to remain effective in one’s studies.

Stay strong, stay committed, and stay focused. Turn off the little voice inside you that whispers "You do not belong here." You do. Focus on your "why" and execute your plan to accomplish your educational, professional, and personal goals.

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