Grad School: Law – Stephanie Dusso

Eller PDC Alumni Stories

Stephanie Dusso is a Business Economics & Entrepreneurship 2015 graduate with a J.D. degree in progress at the University of San Diego School of Law.
Stephanie Dusso, USDWhy did you decide to go to graduate school?

I decided to attend graduate school because in today’s competitive economy, I’ve found that a graduate degree is very important, not only to land your dream job, but also to succeed long-term. More specifically, I chose to attend law school because of the career possibilities that are available with a J.D. Law school is not only for aspiring attorneys. A legal background can also come in handy in many sectors of the business world such as entrepreneurship and finance.

What was the preparation and application process like?

The application process can be daunting at first because of the various opinions not only available on the internet, but also from friends and colleagues about what to do and what not to do. My biggest piece of advice for the application process to any graduate program is two fold: First, realize that the process will be different for everyone, and what worked for one person may not work for you. Secondly, allow plenty of time to study for the entry test, ask for letters of recommendation, and write a cover letter/personal statement. Allowing adequate time takes a little bit of the pressure off!

What has been the most challenging part of your experience? The most rewarding?
The most challenging part of my experience was deciding where to attend law school. There were so many factors to consider, and it was difficult to find a school that met all of my criteria. That being said, it has been extremely rewarding to not only be at a law school with great faculty and immense opportunities, but also to be in a location that I love with a support system nearby. Law school can be very demanding, but I’ve found that maintaining a work-life balance is more important than ever, and for that, San Diego is hard to beat!

What do you hope to do after you complete the program?

At this time, my career path is very open ended. My interests vary substantially from wanting to be an FBI agent, to wanting to work in corporate litigation. Regardless, it is great to have the educational foundation I need at a young age in order to pursue many different opportunities down the road.

What advice do you have for students looking to pursue the same advanced degree?

The biggest piece of advice I have to students wanting to attend law school is to truly invest in the application process at an early stage. The process is similar to applying for jobs in that the admissions committees will consider your grades and your extracurricular activities in conjunction with your LSAT score. It is very important to stay on the right track and don’t hesitate to utilize the various resources available along the way!

Stephanie Dusso