Rachella Hercules

Rachella Riley-HerculesClass of 2020

BS in Political Science
University of California, Merced

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

Before I started law school, I worked in the finance department of a mid-sized law firm and the accounting department of a start-up company. I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a lawyer, but I was never sure of how to reach my goal. I was a first-generation college student who did not personally know any attorneys, and, had no clue what the LSAT was. All I knew was that I wanted to be an attorney. After undergraduate school, I worked at mid-sized firm for about two years where I met great mentors who helped me prepare for the LSAT and provided me with insight into the legal profession.

Why did you choose Seattle U?

Seattle U's mission and dedication toward diversity and inclusion is what really solidified my decision to attend SU. I was also truly amazed by all of the on-campus resources available for students.

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

On campus, I am a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board, PAD, and Legal Advocates Empowering Youth. As a part of my legal curriculum, I also participated in the Workers' Rights Clinic which allows me to help employees understand and exercise their rights in the workplace.

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

Real-world experience. During my 1L summer I served as an Access to Justice Technology Fellow at the Northwest Justice Project. There I worked on projects to help make the law more accessible through the use of technological innovations. During the fall semester of my second year I worked with the Seattle Seahawks where I helped draft vendor contract agreements and IP licensing agreements. In the Workers' Rights Clinic I managed my own case load and interacted directly with clients. All of these experiences helped me understand the applicability of the skills I learned in class.

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

I am still a tourist at heart, so I still love walking downtown on the weekends and visiting Pike Place Market.

What advice would you offer a prospective law student?

Follow your heart and try things you never thought you would. Law school is the perfect opportunity to explore different areas of the law and figure out what you like and dislike. Choose a school that truly wants to see you succeed and provides the support you need along the way. It truly makes all the difference.

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