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IL Annie Espili: Work Hard, Play Hard [By Mahsa Khalilifar] For 23-year-old Annie Espili, life in law school is just beginning. Her aspirations to be a successful female lawyer have been a long time coming, and she is determined to get through it. Espili grew up intrigued by the value of a law degree and decided to pursue her career path through law school.

“I decided to become a lawyer because of

to the U.S. to attend college. She was

“La Verne is unique because it’s small,

the prestige and professionalism that comes

accepted to the University of California,

and so it is designed for everyone to work

with the degree,” she says. “You get a feeling

Irvine, where she received her B.A. in

real closely together,” she says. “The

of self-worth, plus the intellectual challenge,

Criminology, Law, and Society and minored

school offers a lot of academic workshops

and the other rewards I hear aren’t too bad

in humanities and the law. Living with

and forums to make sure you are doing


roommates, she finished her schooling and

everything you can to stay on track and

kept in touch with her family, who decided to


Persian-American Espili has lived in Irvine, CA, for most of her life, although she had a brief but memorable stint living in Europe while her dad worked for the U.S. military. “My dad has been working for the military for a long time, although as a civilian rather than active duty,” she explains. Because of this, Espili ended up attending high school in Germany after her dad got a job at the famed Ramstein Air Base. Living in Europe made it easier for Espili to travel, so her complaints about moving away are few to none. During her time in Europe, she got to travel everywhere, from Spain to Switzerland. “I loved living in Europe, and it will always be classified as one of the best experiences in my life, but when I came back it was the right time. European life had run its course,” she admits. “It was definitely a transition for the first year back, but I was able to adapt back to the life in the states again once I was all settled.” After graduating from a high school in Germany, Espili returned without her family


continue living overseas. After graduation, Espili took a year off to work and apply to law schools. She was recently admitted to the University of La Verne College of Law in Ontario, CA. Although she has only been in law school for a short while, Espili feels she made the right choice in picking La Verne.

Espili says La Verne also offers practice exams midway through the semester. Each professor writes an exam for his or her class covering what they have learned up to that point. The class takes the test on a Saturday, and it is supposed to give them a test run, no pun intended.

Q. What do you do for fun? A. These days or in general? These days, fun consists of anything not having to do with the law, but in general, dancing, traveling, watching movies, shopping, eating—sleeping, for sure.

“It’s taken on Examsoft using your laptop, it’s

Q. What was the last song you heard on your iPod? A. “Baby Don’t Go” by Fabolous and T-Pain.

the final comes, because you only have one

Q. What is the last magazine you read? A. Cosmopolitan.

Espili says she enjoys torts the most and is

Q. What is your favorite TV show? A. Desperate Housewives. Q. Who is your role model? A. Mom. Q. What is something most people don’t know about you? A. I enjoy a good cry…so therapeutic.

timed, and all the rules of a final exam apply, so it’s supposed to be taken real seriously,” Espili explains. “This gives you an idea of what a law school exam is like and how to answer a question so you are prepared when shot. I don’t know of any other school who offers practice exams.”

planning to head into criminal or family law. “I’ve always liked the criminal field because there is always something new and exciting to grab your attention. It makes me want to learn more because I don’t lose interest,” she says. “Crime never gets old.” Espili says her career aspirations will depend on her experience.

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“I will probably swing in and out of different

The student associations help to build

specialties until I find one that suits me

relationships with people in your same

best,” she says. “Working for the FBI would

profession and see what routes everyone

University of La Verne College of Law

be ideal but probably not so much a reality

else is taking that might also interest you.”

right now.” Espili’s family has since returned to Irvine,

University of California, Irvine

As for student organizations, she plans

so she now has the support of her family and

on participating in many throughout the

friends to get her through what will be some

course of her studies, but for now she is just

of the hardest years of her life. Regarding

Ramstein Air Base

adjusting to her first year. Espili realizes,

the future, Espili is still wary of what lies

though, what she needs to do to maintain an

ahead but advises her fellow first-year

edge on the competition:

students to be mindful.

“Networking is the most important. Law

“My advice would be to review at the end of

school is all about networking, knowing

each week no matter what and keep your

the right people who can get you in touch

outlines updated and extremely organized,”

with the firms of your choice and open up

she says. “There is way too much information

your possibilities so you can then work your

to try to compress. If you don’t do it slowly

way up the ladder as you become more

over the course of the semester, you won’t

experienced. Friendships come second.

make it.”


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