Alex Romero

Alex RomeroClass of 2019

BS, Political Science
University of Oregon

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

After earning my bachelor's degree, I took a gap year to work as a legal assistant at a personal injury firm and a family law firm while volunteering at a non-profit immigration legal service. I wanted to attain experience within different fields of law while still helping the community I am most passionate about.

The reason I am in law school is because I plan on becoming an immigration attorney. My parents immigrated to this country over 25 years ago. Growing in this situation, I witnessed firsthand the privileges and rights that were denied to them because of their status. My family has been ripped apart, degraded, and discriminated because of where they were born. I have a passion to advocate for the vulnerable undocumented community and to defend hard-working residents like my parents.

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

From the very beginning of my first year of law school, I have been heavily involved in the Latinx Law Student Association (LLSA). During the fall I was elected to serve on the LLSA executive board. Here I have helped put on a Social Justice Monday event, fund raise, and assist with the LLSA Alumni Awards event. I have also connected the undergraduate organization MEChA, and strengthened a connection with LLSA at UW.

Every month I volunteer at the free legal clinic at Centro de La Raza put forth by the Latino Bar Association of Washington. Here I perform client intake and translation. This experience is not only necessary for the community but it also exposes me to valuable shadowing experience.

Every few months I volunteer at a Citizenship Day. These events help long-term permanent residents fill out documents so that they can become naturalized citizens. Here I usually translate or help clients fill out the N-400s.

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

One of the most valuable aspects of my law school experience are my mentors. These relationships are with my professors and attorneys. These connections have facilitated my networking activity and have opened opportunities for internships. Through LLSA, my networking relationships with the Latino Bar Association have instilled a security that lawyers genuinely care about my success in law school and as a future lawyer.

What advice would you offer a prospective law student?

I would advise prospective law students to ask themselves why they want to go to law school. An end goal can truly motivate you during finals preparation.

I also would recommend that prospective law students volunteer in a public interest field that most interests them. The connection with their community reminds students of the importance of placing people from marginalized communities in advocating positions.

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