Angelo Marchesini

Angelo MarchesiniClass of 2020

BA in philosophy, minors in religious studies and mathematics
Gonzaga University

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

Before law school, I studied philosophy. I chose law school because I anticipated that the skills I learned in undergrad would be a great platform to meaningfully impact people's lives through the law. I wanted intellectual and philosophical challenges to be a part of my everyday job, and law school provided me that opportunity. Finally, law school was a good fit because it was open ended in terms of a specific career path; it allowed me to test my interests in various aspects of the law.

Why did you choose Seattle U?

The first reason I chose Seattle U was the location. As a Seattle native, I knew I wanted to practice law in Seattle. But my most important reason for choosing Seattle U was the integration of Jesuit values into my learning and eventual practice of the law. I believe that values such as contemplation in action and service to others are deeply important for the legal profession, which has both great responsibility and power. I wanted to be able to discuss these ideas with classmates and teachers so that law school would begin a journey of cultivating the kind of legal professional that I aspire to become.

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

I am an associate editor for the Seattle University Law Review. I have also been a part of the Homeless Rights Advocacy Project, which publishes articles discussing and analyzing the homelessness crisis in Seattle as well as other places in the United States.

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

Firstly, my time in the classroom listening or being called on to speak has been invaluable for my digestion and love for the law. Listening to my classmates has allowed me to hear different perspectives on how the law should be applied and speaking in class has allowed me to refine and question my own understanding.

Secondly, my discussions with my professors outside of class have been as valuable to my learning. Office hours provide a chance to dig into the material at a deeper level than is available in class discussion. Aside from book learning, professors are an invaluable resource for advice on lawyering in general. The relationships that I have developed with my professors have been of profound guidance for my learning in the classroom and eventually out in practice.

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

It is important to keep up activities and hobbies while in law school. I try to play guitar when I can. I also play basketball and work out consistently. When I do not feel too drained from legal reading, I read other kinds of books as well.

The scenery in Seattle is truly beautiful. The fact that you can be in the heart of the city one minute and then be out in the mountains or on some body of water in another is truly a testament to how diverse the landscape is. Seattle also is an exciting place to be a part of because the culture in different parts of the city is always emerging and changing. Whether this is a food scene or a park, Seattle always has something new to experience.

What advice would you offer a prospective law student?

Take a summer course. It allows you to get a taste of law school classes and tests without worrying about having a full class load.

While it is important to find your own balance in law school, it is also important to commit to the grind of law school. Come into law school with the mindset that you will be the aggressor rather than law school. It will help you take charge of your studies and feel less overwhelmed as a result.

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