Efrain Hudnell

Efrain HudnellClass of 2020

BA in Government/Political Science
New Mexico State University

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

After graduating with my bachelor’s degree in 2011, I accepted a commission into the active U.S. Army where I served as an infantry officer, and then later as an intelligence officer.

I made the decision to come to law school for the same reasons that I joined the service: to be a part of something bigger and create lasting, positive change. The legal field is a fascinating place where influential scholars, policy makers, titans of industry, and so on, have made their start, and I hope to do my part.

Why did you choose Seattle U?

Seattle University is known for its work in social justice and this strikes a deep chord with me. There is power in diversity of opinions and ideas, Seattle University is unique in that it actively promotes diversity in the legal profession. One of the most dangerous concepts a group of planners and problem solvers, like lawyers, can fall victim to is group think. By promoting diversity in our profession, Seattle University helps make our community so special, by making the law inclusive instead of exclusive, and challenging the status quo for the better.

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

I'm an active member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board, Black Law Student Association, Moot Court Board, Student Bar Association, Phi Alpha Delta, and the Federalists Society.

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

I think regardless of what you’re doing, the people can really make or break the experience. Being involved in student organizations has really helped me grow into my new identity as an aspiring legal professional.

Student organizations not only offer great opportunities to further your legal knowledge on a topic or issue (such as Alternative Dispute Resolution), they also are fantastic opportunities to meet other students outside your section and class cohort. I cannot say enough about how helpful it has been to have fabulous friends and colleagues in the 2L and 3L classes that can help put the challenges of the first year into perspective.

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

I’m a huge "foodie." Food holds a special place in my heart, not for the sake of eating, but the social implications around it. Food tells a story about the people who partake in its preparation, and moreover offers an opportunity to hear those stories told. Seattle is in the midst of a fabulous culinary revolution, which is rife with opportunities to explore cuisines from around the world. Seattle University is located on First Hill, which is at the epicenter of all this. There are dozens of unique culinary experiences within walking distance of the campus.

What advice would you offer a prospective law student?

The best advice I could offer was also once offered to me: Treat law school like a job. Set your hours based on your class schedule and just plan to be in "the office" (aka the law school) for the same amount of time you would be at an actual job.

Lastly, don’t forget to have fun! Law school is tough, but the experiences you’ll have and the people you’ll meet are truly priceless. Make sure to make time not only for yourself, but also to get to know those around you; you are all in this together!

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