Darrias Sime

Darrias SimeClass of 2021

BA in History
Williams College

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

I first became interested in pursuing a law degree while completing my undergrad degree. I evaluated my network and discovered that many people close to me were practicing attorneys or had practiced. Seeing my network as a benefit to career growth, I began taking law-focused classes such as a philosophy and logic class and law and society class.

However, unsure of whether I wanted to take on the financial burden of law school, I worked for a year and half. I first went to work in Seattle for a year as a business-to-business consultant for Staples Business Advantage, the enterprise and mid-market division of Staples, Inc. I then spent six months as an unpaid high school basketball coach in Dallas, Texas. During my time working, I became certain that law school was the correct path for me.

Why did you choose Seattle U?

First and foremost, I am a Seattle native. Second, having had the opportunity to explore other areas of the U.S., I knew that I wanted to be in Seattle. The Seattle economy has seen exponential growth and is the home of many large corporations. Furthermore, the population demographic of Seattle, in comparison to other states and cities, has a need for attorneys from diverse backgrounds. Because of the proximity of Seattle U to downtown, the strong presence of Seattle U Law alums, and Seattle U's dedication to diversity, it became an easy choice for me.

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

Currently, I am involved in the law school's student government, the Student Bar Association (SBA), as the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) representative. As the WSBA representative, I ensure that a strong relationship exists between current law students and WSBA, providing opportunities to network, seek support, and promote a better legal system that serves the public welfare.

I am also the treasurer of the Black Law Student Association (BLSA), a student organization. By maintaining accurate accounting on behalf of BLSA, I support the organization's mission in promoting equality and opportunity for black law students and other racial minority students.

Finally, I have worked with Seattle's inner-city youth in summer programs affiliated with Seattle Public Schools, setting an example for people like myself and giving back to my community through hands-on support.

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

Networking and treating law school like it's a job. Although Seattle is a large city with plentiful opportunity, the legal community is close-knit. Creating an expansive network built on meaningful relationships with current attorneys and other professionals makes all the difference in the amount of success and support one achieves. Furthermore, treating law school like it's a job makes for a more prepared student in the classroom and ensures that one maintains a professional relationship with other law students while in law school and beyond.

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

Outside of law school, I spend my time playing basketball and doing various outside activities like floating the Snoqualmie river, hiking, and snowboarding. Being in Seattle provides the experience of living in a major city, but still connected to the beauty of nature, which creates a perfect balance. I am a firm believer that there is no better place to be on earth than Seattle in the spring and summer.

What advice would you offer a prospective law student?

While in law school: Sleep. Avoid stretching yourself thin in the number of organizations or activities that you participate in, rather be great in a few roles or activities. Network, network, network. Limit the number of distractions.

Prior to law school: Consider where you want to practice/live. Gain a variety of perspectives by talking to current law students, practicing attorneys, and school faculty. Consider the employment market: how many law schools are in the state or near where you want to practice? Students at other law schools are your primary competition, so fewer schools and a smaller market make it easier to stand out and network.

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