Keegan Tasker

Keegan TaskerClass of 2020

BA in Marketing and International Business with a minor in International Economic Development
Seattle University

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

I graduated from college one week before starting law school, and it has been nonstop school ever since. Before coming to law school, I studied marketing and international business on Seattle U’s undergraduate campus and always enjoyed being really involved in school. Law school was something I had always thought about, but I wasn't sure what type of law I wanted to study, or if there was a purpose behind me wanting to attend beyond the accolade of having a JD.

During my third year of college, I became glaringly aware of just how many students experience gender violence, dating violence, and sexual assault on a college campus. From that point forward, I found my fire, signed up to take the LSAT, and I was enrolled in law school one year later.

For anyone thinking of attending law school, I highly recommend finding something that ignites that fire within you, so when course work and assignments get stressful and difficult, you always remember the reason you decided to pursue this profession.

Why did you choose Seattle U?

I originally moved to Seattle from a pretty small town in Washington, and quickly found out how much I enjoyed what a big, yet small city Seattle is. What I mean by that is Seattle is a big city, but as you build friendships and connections, you will find that you will run into these same people all over the city. After building these relationships for a few years, I chose to continue my studies at Seattle U because I knew that pursuing law school would require support from friends, mentors, and family, and Seattle has always been a place where I've found a lot of support and mentorship.

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

Currently, I'm involved in law school as President of the Public Interest Law Foundation, Development Editor of American Indian Law Journal, a member of Alternative Dispute Resolution Board, and Head Student Representative for Barbri.

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

Throughout law school, the way I engage with the world has shifted dramatically. When I'm engaging in conversation with someone who I might disagree with, I'm able to acknowledge their point of view and either apply it to my own thinking, or respectfully disagree. In the course of those types of conversations now, I've found that I'm more open to hearing what other people are saying, rather than previously where I might not have wanted to listen at all. There's something about law school that shifts your way of thinking dramatically, helps you think more critically in all aspects of your life, and allows you to surprise yourself with the things you're capable of.

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

When you're working so hard in law school it can be hard to remember to make time for yourself — don't forget to make self-care a priority! At the end of a long day, I love going home to my sweet, adorable cats and putting a record on. My favorite thing about Seattle is how music and art plays such an integral role in this city. Being located in Capitol Hill, not only is Seattle University is within walking distance to several courthouses and major law firms, but also moments away from several incredible record stores, historic music venues, and endless creativity.

What advice would you offer a prospective law student?

Take a deep breath, surround yourself by good people, and never forget what brought you to law school in the first place. Law school is an extremely competitive environment, and everyone processes that in their own way. Whether it's sitting in a classroom during your first-year courses or scrolling through your feed on social media, it's so easy to get caught up in comparing yourself to other people. "Where are my peers getting accepted to law school? Where are you interning this summer?" Always remember that you are on your own path, and everyone comes to law school for a different reason. You might meet someone who is interested in working at the same firm or nonprofit, but you both had your own reasons for pursuing this career path. I encourage you to find support in each other, but never forget the importance of your own story and the path that led you here.

If you're interested in a specific field or organization, offer to volunteer! This is a great way to get your foot in the door, learn invaluable skills, and meet mentors that will support you throughout your career.

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