Ian Leifer

Ian LeiferClass of 2020

BA in Political Communication
University of Washington

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

Prior to law school, I worked for a major insurance company for just over four years. During that time, I had a chance to work in subrogation, liability, and management.

I was both intrinsically and extrinsically motivated to pursue a law degree. Intrinsically, I wanted to fulfill a long-held desire to obtain a JD and take the opportunity to better myself. Extrinsically, there were multiple things changing in the U.S., and I felt obtaining a JD would give me the opportunity to help people and to become a more active participant in what was happening in society.

Why did you choose Seattle U?

I chose to attend Seattle U because of the large Seattle alumni network, the highly ranked legal writing program, and the opportunity to be in the heart of Seattle. In addition, I talked with a few Seattle U Law alums who spoke very highly of their law school experience. They felt that Seattle U Law had prepared them well to begin practicing law and said that the school supported them in finding post-graduate opportunities.

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

I am a member of the Seattle Journal of Social Justice and the Entertainment and Sports Law Association. Additionally, I had an opportunity to work for a small firm during my 1L summer and my 2L school year. Finally, I have a chance to play intramural basketball with many of peers on a law school team.

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

What I have found to be the most valuable has been the opportunity to learn and work with so many people who are passionate about learning and the law. There are many students at Seattle U and each came to law school for a different reason. But, at the end of the day, we share the common goal of wanting to better ourselves and our community.

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

I enjoy playing basketball, volleyball, weightlifting, hiking, reading, and spending times with friends and family. I am Seattle born and raised, so I may be biased, but I believe Seattle is the best city in the country. There is always something to do. You are less than an hour away from the mountains while being downtown. Also, in the city, there are new restaurants to try and bars to check out. As the city continues to grow more opportunities keep presenting themselves.

What advice would you offer a prospective law student?

Know that you can only control the things you can control. So, just stay on top of your reading, meet with professors, do practice exams, join a study group, and put yourself in the best place possible to succeed. If you do all of these things, take solace in knowing that you did your best. In the end, we’re all just competing to be the best version of ourselves.

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