Emeka Egwuatu

Emeka EgwuatuClass of 2021

BA, Political Science and Global Health
University of Washington, Seattle

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

In a Nigerian household, our parents give us five career choices — doctor, lawyer, engineer, accountant, and sometimes pharmacist or dentist. My older siblings chose doctor, and my younger brother chose engineering. For me, I wanted a job where my appearance can help me avert discrimination. As a kid, one of the things that I knew lawyers did was not only help others but wear suits while doing it. Now I've found other reasons as to why I enjoy law school and this path but initially, that is why I chose this career.

Why did you choose Seattle U?

Honestly, it was the alumni. I only knew a few people who were currently at Seattle U, but I met with Judge Anita Crawford-Willis, who gave me the pitch, and from there, I was sold on going to Seattle University.

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

Going into my second year of law school, I will be involved with the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) as the incoming vice president and Moot Court Board. For me, it is essential to be involved in my community. Upon entering law school, I knew that I wanted to be a part of BLSA in some way. Luckily my peers voted me to be their vice president, and I am excited to serve this upcoming year.

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

Friends. It is so important to have a solid group of friends. They will be there for you when you're sick and can't go to a lecture or there for you when you need a beer. Your family may not understand what is going on in law school, but friends do, and they're always there to talk about what is going on. Having friends for me is one of the most valuable things to not only do well but to have a successful law school career.

What advice would you offer a prospective law student?

Don't be afraid to network. Whether it is with alumni, lawyers in the field, or upper level students. Everyone is willing to help, and you just have to ask.

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