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For the Love of Law
When I try to describe what life is like after having stepped into my first law school course, I imagine it is similar to Sarah Jessica Parker trying to weave her way through the mean streets of New York. Like New York, law school is cynical, demanding, and leaves you prepared to multi-task like never before. In other words, you have to be savvy to survive the outlines, case briefs, and egotistical blows that await you. But once you've traversed through every borough, you will find that law school is what you make it. Every journey is about falling in love with the law, taking chances, and working as hard as you can for what you want, right?
My name is Ashanti Cole and I have fallen madly in love with the law. I stay up late at night thinking of it, telling my friends about it, and obsessing over all of its characteristics. The law makes me a better person. Some more seasoned in this arena would label my feelings, "puppy love," but only time will tell. As I finish up my 1L school year, I have been challenged both mentally and physically in ways I never anticipated. Law school is preparation for life. It prepares you to do as much work as possible—with little-to-no room for excuses. It rips you apart, and puts you back together with the purpose of showing you exactly what you're made of.
My grandmother wanted to me to be an attorney since I was seven years old. She pushed me to be the first in my family to go to college, but passed away shortly after I graduated. At that point, I got busy traveling the world (as a former military spouse), and met incredible people along the way. Though I had much to be grateful for, I also had an impending regret over not pursuing my purpose. I felt lost and unfulfilled in a world where I had so much to give. Now, with a bat-wielding two year old and a heart full of the dream I've wanted for 20 years, I'm here to fulfill my purpose. I hope to share this journey with Lawyers Club and to inspire and connect with many who came before me and those who might be sharing my path.
Ashanti Cole is an aspiring chess master and distinguished advocate at California Western School of Law.