The Importance of Study Groups

Helping other international students find their place at Loyola Law School

Loyola’s wealth of courses seems overwhelming at first once you are able to branch out of the rigorous core requirements that 1L requires. As much as I had my sights on certain clinics and classes from before I started my studies that were major contributors in my decision to attend the law school, I wanted to explore as much as I could.

I luckily had several mentors from student organizations at LLS – namely, the Environmental Law Society, APALSA, and PILF – that had lists of their advice, favorite professors, and which classes to take in conjunction with one another.

What they told me created the skeleton of my schedule for the next four semesters; and I am forever grateful for their advice and words of encouragement as I followed down the path they had so recently walked; and I leapt at the opportunity to do the same when I heard familiar professors and courses being tossed around by 1Ls and 2Ls as I progressed at LLS.

As a first-generation law student, you sometimes feel lost or without guidance; everything’s uncharted. I’ve found that the most important resources that I’ve had since starting law school were my mentors and peers, from the above student organizations and from the Philippine American Bar Association. Leaning on others who had similar experiences to my own: be that through their interests in the legal profession or our shared cultural heritage, meant for easier decision-making when navigating my time at LLS, and I am certain will continue beyond graduation.


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