Allyson (Sam) Sung

Sam SungClass of 2019

BA, English Literature
University of Washington

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

Prior to law school, I was an undergrad student at the University of Washington. I initially attended the UW in hopes of pursuing a different doctorate degree by attending medical school. I wanted to practice medicine because I thought being a doctor was the best way I could help people and society overall. However, I soon realized after my first year that neither my skills nor passions lined up with the medical profession I had been planning to pursue since I was in high school. Filled with self-doubt and uncertainty of what path I should pursue after this realization, I fell back on taking English literature courses at the UW because it was the only courses I had truly enjoyed taking. It was at the end of my sophomore year of college that I realized my desire to help others could still be fulfilled by using the skills I did have, and thus, I began pursuing my law degree by studying for the LSAT.

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

I am the Diversity Representative for the Student Bar Association. I am also a member of OUTLaws, Phi Alpha Delta, and Women's Law Caucus. I love being in different student organizations because it allows me to meet and work with different people.

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

I find the student organizations to be the most valuable part of my law school education. Working with different people who have different perspectives is the best way we can stretch our own thinking and become better. I think Seattle U fosters a great place to do this growing, and being involved in student organizations has really contributed to my growth thus far.

What advice would you offer a prospective law student?

For most people, law school is uncharted territory. Even if you know someone who’s been through it before, it's a whole other ball game to experience it yourself. The beauty of that is almost every other 1L feels the same. No one knows what they're doing, and everyone is nervous to mess up. My advice is: don't let that fear of the unknown stop you from experiencing everything SU has to offer. These are the years to make mistakes, to get comfortable with saying "I don’t know," and to understand it's okay to not comprehend something immediately and be wrong.

Get involved in school and the greater Seattle community, specifically for those who are unsure of exactly what kind of law they want to practice: this is the time to branch out. Join different organizations, attend any event that sounds interesting, and get to know your colleagues. Your educational experience will become much more enriching when you dive into the legal community and surround yourself with a diverse support system that, on top of it all, could possibly lead you to your future career.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Make sure you read the syllabus and know what professors expect of you on the first day.

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