Ray Ivey

Tyrone Ivey

Class of 2019

BA, Business Administration
University of Washington, Tacoma

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

I worked for 13 years in a series of administrative roles for a few different companies in the greater Seattle/Tacoma area. My final role was an executive assistant/finance manager for a consulting firm that provided environmental compliance and engineering service.

Earning a graduate degree had been a personal goal ever since I completed undergrad; the question was always "what" to go back to school for. I knew, from my work experience, that I was not interested in an MBA, even though it made the most sense career-wise. Eventually, I got to a point where it was now or never. So, I did some research and realized that a JD was an excellent option considering my work history but was also different enough, and distinguished enough, to provide the intellectual challenge that I desired.

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

I will be the chapter president for the Black Law Student Association this upcoming year. I am extremely excited about this opportunity and I am eagerly anticipating a very fun and rewarding year. I'm also a member of the Moot Court Board, and I intend to participate in moot court and mock trial competitions.

I'm also looking forward to interacting with the Loren Miller Bar Association and the King County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division as much as possible this year.

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

The most rewarding part of the law school experience so far, for me, has been being challenged to think in a whole new way. You hear a lot starting out that law school trains you to "think like a lawyer," but it's difficult to conceptualize what that really means. Now that I've completed one year, I'm starting to get understand. It is exciting and invigorating to be training to see the world through a whole new lens. It is especially exciting to consider what I'll be able to accomplish with the resources and status that comes with successfully completing that training.

What advice would you offer a prospective law student?

Do what works best for you. Law school is difficult, even for the people who seem like they aren't struggling. The difference is using your time to your best advantage. You will receive a lot of advice, solicited and unsolicited, and not all of it will work for you. The best thing you can do is focus your energy wherever you gain the greatest advantage, and not to be afraid to completely ignore advice that doesn't significantly add to your success. Your path through law school is your own, and while we can always learn from others, you will never be able to duplicate anyone else's path.

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