Lara Diaconu

Lara DiaconuClass of 2020

BA in International Relations
Grinnell College

MBA, with focus on Non-Profit Management
Yale University

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

I've worked for 20 years in the field of international economic development, 10 of those living and working overseas, for both a global non-governmental organization as well as an impact investor with a Latin America focus. Human rights, national policy contexts and the private sector have all impacted my work so far, and laws and contracts therefore have played an important support role. I decided to pursue a law degree in order to open up new career pathways for the next phase of my working life, while also leveraging my past experience.

Why did you choose Seattle U?

Practically speaking, Seattle U is the only evening law program in the Seattle area. Philosophically, I was really attracted to the school's Jesuit identity and grounding in social justice principles.

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

So far I've found the accessibility of professors and engaging with them directly in class and outside of class most helpful. Access to Seattle U alumni and other practicing lawyers that offer insight into potential career paths and also help with establishing a network I feel will be invaluable.

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

I work full-time for Catholic Relief Services, and spend time with my husband and two kids — one teenage daughter and a 7-year-old son. I also play USTA league tennis and spend as much time as possible on Whidbey Island walking on the beach and hiking.

What advice would you offer a prospective law student?

Life is short. It's important to love what you do.

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