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JD Student Ambassadors

USC Gould School of Law is proud to have some of the nation's brightest and most promising future lawyers studying law here. We are privileged to have five students, Anahi Gonzalez, Adam Malkiewicz, Annalise Olson, Maurice Osei and Gagan Sandhu to work in the Admissions Office as Student Ambassadors. All lead very busy lives inside and outside the classroom as you can see from their profiles, but love sharing their law school experiences with prospects and admitted students.

If you are interested in learning more about their decision to attend USC Gould or if you would like to email one of the ambassadors, please click on their names to access their bios and contact information.

Anahi Gonzalez

Anahi Gonzalez

My name is Anahi Gonzalez and I am a third-year student at USC Gould. Born and raised a Texas girl, I moved to the Bay Area to study psychology at Stanford University. There, I was very active in the Latino community and served as president of the school's only Latina-interest sorority, Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc.

Though many people advised me to take time off between undergrad and law school, I knew that going straight through was the right path for me. When it came down to choosing schools, it was the visit to USC Gould during Admitted Student Tour Day that helped me finalize my decision. Having made a major move once before, I knew that I needed to choose a school I could see myself living in for the next few years, in a city or region I could make home. USC Gould is the perfect fit for me. I'd lived in Los Angeles one summer during college and loved the infinite things you could do and explore in the city. Pair that with Gould's small class size and a faculty that genuinely cares about students and the choice was easy to make. Plus, you truly can't beat the Trojan Family in terms of networking opportunities.

Through the USC Law Fellowship, I had the chance to split my 1L summer between a big law firm, Sidley Austin LLP and the in-house legal department of Toyota Financial Services. This past summer, I had the chance to return to Sidley Austin as a Summer Associate and continue building relationships and fostering my interest in Labor and Employment Law. Not only that, but I'm excited to say that I will be returning to Sidley Austin after graduation to begin my legal career.

Aside from being an Admissions Ambassador, I am the former president of the Latino Law Student Association. This group, like many others on campus, serves as a support system for the students at USC Gould and helps to foster the collegial culture that makes the 1L year so much less scary than people make it out to be. I also participated in the Hale Moot Court Honors Program last year.

USC Gould truly has become a home for me and the friends I made as a 1L and 2L. I am excited to start this academic year and continue to be a part of the Admissions team and hopefully help a few more people find their place here. If you have any questions about the application process or would just like to learn more about what it's like to be a USC law student, please feel free to email me at ambassador3@law.usc.edu.

Adam Malkiewicz

Adam Malkiewicz

Hi! My name is Adam Malkiewicz, and I am a second year law student at USC Gould. Although initially from Southern California, I ventured across the country to study Finance at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York. There, I was a member of Fordham's Division One FCS football team. After enduring four winters in New York, I knew that I wanted to come back home to California. Here at USC, I am co-president of the Business Law Society and a member of the USC Gould Supreme Court Basketball Team.

I chose USC over its peer institutions for a variety of reasons, but ultimately, the opportunity to join one of the most prominent alumni networks in the world made the decision easy. Before beginning law school, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in Corporate Law in San Diego or Los Angeles. Both of these legal markets (as well as many more) are highly saturated with USC Gould alumni. The Trojan Network has proven to be extremely instrumental when soliciting career advice from practicing attorneys. With such a great alumni network and the help of the Career Services Office, I was fortunate to work this summer in the Legal Department of Petco Animal Supplies Co.

Although I have learned a tremendous amount from USC's outstanding faculty, my favorite learning experiences stem from the depth of personalities and perspectives shared by my fellow classmates. Gould's class sizes are large enough to include a plethora of world-views, but small enough to ensure that each view is equally heard. I am deeply grateful that my classmates have challenged me to see the world from a perspective other than my own. USC Gould students have taught me that knowing the law is simply not enough. To really understand it, requires you to see the law through a lens other than your own.

Aside from world-class academics, USC and Los Angeles offer a wide range of experiences unlike anywhere else. Whether it's tailgating for USC or NFL football games, trying one of the city's thousands of restaurants, hiking in Malibu, or hitting the beach in Santa Monica, there is always something new and exciting to do on the weekends. Even if you do not plan to stay in Southern California after law school, I would encourage everyone to take advantage of the Los Angeles lifestyle.

Without question, attending law school at USC has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I am incredibly thankful that I made the decision. Choosing where you will attend law school is a challenging and important decision, so I strongly recommend you come see our amazing campus and learn a little more about what it means to be a Trojan. I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the law school or the university in general! Please feel free to contact me at ambassador1@law.usc.edu. I hope to hear from you!

Annalise Olson

Annalise Olson

My name is Annalise Olson, and I am a second-year law student at USC Gould School of Law. Though I was born and raised in the Bay Area, I always knew Southern California was the place for me. For that reason, I moved to Los Angeles and studied sociology at USC and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.

It was a longtime goal of mine to go to law school, but I decided to take some time off after graduating to gain practical experience. As I am the first in my family to attend law school, it was really important for me to understand what the day-to-day of an attorney's life was like. In my two years between undergrad and law school, I worked at a mid-size firm, Cox Castle & Nicholson, as a Litigation Support Clerk. The hands on experience that I gained at Cox Castle solidified my decision to attend law school.

I chose to attend USC Gould for many reasons but mainly because I had already experienced the Trojan Family (it's real!) and learned how invaluable it truly is. I can't emphasize enough how excited alums are to talk to students about their prospective career choices and how hard the Career Services Office works to put students in contact with as many alums as possible. At the end of the day we all want to get a job that we love, and because of the networking opportunities available here at Gould, I knew that was possible.

Another thing that appealed to me was attending a law school that was collegial, supportive, and fun. Because USC Gould is part of such a larger, spirited community, being a student here has been exactly that - from tailgating to student organizations to externships at the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office, I have had the opportunity to explore different interests and enjoy my law school experience. Aside from being an Ambassador this year, I am excited to also be participating in the Hale Moot Court Honors Program. These different opportunities have illustrated that Gould really does have something for everyone.

I can honestly say that my decision to attend USC Gould was one of the best decisions that I have made. However, I recognize the challenge in making such a life changing decision. I am happy to share my own experiences and I urge all prospective applicants to come experience USC Gould for yourself. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at ambassador4@law.usc.edu. I hope to hear from you soon!

Maurice Osei

Maurice Osei

My name is Maurice Osei, and I am a second-year law student at USC Gould School of Law. I was born and raised in Northern Virginia just south of Washington, D.C. I attended the University of Virginia and studied Foreign Affairs. While attending UVA, I was active in various student organizations including the University's film organization, Camp Kesem, and Phi Alpha Delta.

After graduating, in order to explore the field of law, I joined a large law firm in D.C. as a legal assistant where I worked with various practice groups and attorneys. After two years at the firm, I decided it was time to pursue my law school career.

I always knew I wanted to practice law in California but was unsure if starting law school across the country and away from everyone I knew was the right decision. When it came time to narrow down schools, I decided to come visit USC Gould for an admitted student event. That experience changed my life forever! Aside from the strong academic reputation, USC Gould had such an inviting feel when I visited, and being nestled in the heart of Los Angeles (which has a diverse and vibrant community), it was hard for me to see myself at any other law school.

In my time thus far at Gould, I've had the opportunity to meet countless amazing people. During my first year, I lived in the Terrace apartments, the law school-specific first year university housing option. This gave me the opportunity to deepen my relationships with other 1Ls from various backgrounds. I have taken classes with notable professors, adjunct faculty, and law professionals who are leading attorneys in their respective fields. In addition, I've gained access to Gould alumni through the Trojan Network. The alumni at USC are very dedicated and accessible. On top of that, USC Gould's student organizations host many alumni guest speakers from various areas of law, which has opened my eyes to new legal directions.

I was able to spend my 1L summer working as a legal intern with Visa's In House Counsel in the San Francisco Bay Area. This experience allowed me to gain additional exposure to a diverse legal market. While in the Bay Area, USC Gould Alumni hosted a mixer so that current Gould students working in the area could have an opportunity to connect with the Trojan Network in San Francisco.

Currently, I serve as the Social Chair of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) in addition to being an Admissions Ambassador. Both positions give me the opportunity to share my experience at USC Gould with the public. I'm also currently working with one of my professors on a non-profit tax project as a content strategist. This position allows me to get to know my professor outside of the classroom and contribute to an area of law in which I am interested. USC Gould has provided me with no shortage of opportunities and I encourage you to learn more about our wonderful school. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have at my email ambassador5@law.usc.edu. Good luck on your path to your legal career.

Gagan Sandhu

Gagan Sandhu

My name is Gagan Sandhu, and I am a second-year student at USC Gould School of Law. I was born and raised in San Jose, Calif. but moved to Orange County to attend Chapman University, where I majored in Psychology and minored in Political Science. At Chapman, I was actively involved in student government, Greek life, and research in the Psychology department.

Having always known I wanted to go to law school directly after undergrad, I chose USC Gould over its peer institutions because of its location, small class sizes, and tight-knit alumni network. While these were all practical considerations that could help me secure a job upon graduation, my experience at USC Gould has given me so much more in just one year. Over the course of my first year, I have been surrounded by ambitious and supportive classmates as well as renowned faculty who truly take pride in spreading their passion for the law to each set of students they encounter. USC Gould provides boundless opportunities for mentorship and collaboration among students, faculty, and across the Trojan Network.

Aside from being an Admissions Ambassador, I am a Peer Mentor for 1Ls, 2L Class Vice President, and part of the International Human Rights Clinic. I am also excited to be participating in the Hale Moot Court Honors Program during the 2017-2018 year. Through my involvement with these groups, I have cultivated deeper friendships with my classmates and spend valuable one-on-one time with faculty members outside of the normal classroom experience.

As I embark on my second year, I know USC Gould is the perfect fit for me. I have formed lifelong friendships with people who share my enthusiasm for the law and been involved with meaningful student organizations all while learning about the vibrant city of Los Angeles. Because choosing the right law school can be a challenging decision, I highly encourage prospective students to visit campus, speak with students, and even sit in on a class in order to experience USC Gould for themselves. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at ambassador2@law.usc.edu. I hope to hear from you!