Evening Student Gets Involved in Public Service
Her dad’s a Pepperdine grad, but Breanna Khorrami ‘21 grew up with a very favorable view of Loyola Law School. As founding partner of a large firm, he always spoke highly of the attorneys and clerks he brought on board from Loyola, praising their professionalism, preparedness and ethical standards. In fact, for several years, every law student that clerked at his firm was from Loyola. And Khorrami's stepmom, a Loyola grad, is an attorney at the firm.
Later, Khorrami worked as a legal assistant at the firm, meeting many Loyola grads and current students who clearly valued their strong alumni network and distinguished professors.
No surprise, Khorrami chose to attend Loyola, where she is now a first-year student in its Evening Program. A self-described "morning person," she knew night classes posed a challenge, but her positive experience has affirmed her decision.
"My section is really understanding and supportive of one another, which is not at all what I expected out of my first year of law school. We have fantastic professors who go above and beyond to accommodate our schedules and make themselves available to us outside of class."
Khorrami notes that many, if not most, of her peers in the Evening Program are working professionals, and some have young families. "I have a lot of respect for them."
As a night student, Khorrami has made a concerted effort to get involved on campus and meet new people. In addition to tutoring students with learning disabilities at local undergraduate colleges, she writes for Loyola’s student blog Jury of Peers, is her section's rep for the Evening Student Bar Association and a member of the Women’s Law Association, Public Interest Law Foundation and American Civil Liberties Union, among other groups.
"I was drawn to these organizations because of their public service focus. Social justice and public service have always been top priorities for me, so it was natural to me to go that route."
And Khorrami plans to pursue more mentoring and volunteer opportunities as she considers the type of law she’d like to practice. At the moment she is most interested in civil rights.
"Ultimately, I’d like to pursue a career where I can level the playing field for people who don’t have the means and don’t have meaningful access to the courts."
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