Michael Barbello

Class of 2012

B.A., Business Administration
University of Colorado, Leeds School of Business

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

While at the University of Colorado I focused my studies on Organizational Change Management with a minor in Political Science. During college, I pursued opportunities to work in the areas of business and government, which both really interested me. After graduating from college, I worked for a global management and IT consulting company, where I was fortunate to gain business experience working with large corporate clients throughout the western United States integrating their business systems and operations.

While in that role I developed an interest in studying law because I learned the impact that laws and governmental regulations have on the functions of large business organizations in the United States.

How has Seattle University School of Law benefited you? What have you found most valuable during your law school experience?

Seattle University School of Law has benefitted me in many ways academically and professionally. The school’s location and its focus on public service allow it to attract exceptional professors and students who are focused on the law and its impact on the individual as well as the community. The curriculum concentrates not only on scholarly achievements, but also on a practical legal education that will benefit its students by preparing them to do real legal work. Some of the highlights of my experience at Seattle University were my externships, the work that I did in the Community Development and Entrepreneurship Clinic, and my studies in the areas of Corporate Regulation. Through my association with the law school I was able to extern as a Law Clerk with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office in the Labor and Industries Division where I gained experience working with labor disputes and adjudicative proceedings involving employment law. I was also able to work at the Northwest Credit Union Association as a Regulatory Extern.

What are your professional and personal goals after law school?

My wife and I love the natural beauty and the recreational culture of the Northwest. Seattle has been a great place to live and to study law, and we have no plans to leave in the near future. Professionally, I hope to pursue a career in the northwest that allows me to combine my interest and experience in business law and labor/employment law. I would love to work in an advisory or compliance-focused role that allows me to interact with different individuals and workgroups throughout an organization to identify and solve the legal problems that businesses and workers face today.

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