“Each person has a different perspective that is so incredibly valuable and I am so grateful for the friends I have made.”
Lisa Guidi participated in the Allard Law History Project Student Survey in 2016. The Project intends to track Ms. Guidi's career and build upon this historical record in the future. Her responses as a student are below:
Why did you choose to do law?
When I finished my undergraduate degree, I wanted to be a clinical psychologist but I was having trouble working up the motivation to apply to the various programs. I realized that this was probably because I didn't want to spend 6 more years in school designing and running behavioural research studies to get my PhD. Instead, I decided to look at other careers that I had considered in the past, one of which was to become a lawyer. I decided to give it a shot to see if I actually liked law school. I began studying for the LSAT and applying to schools two months before the application deadlines and LSAT test dates and was fortunate to be accepted at UBC. As it turns out, I really like the law and law school, so I've decided to stay!
What do you hope to achieve in your career?
I hope that my career will be long and full of unique opportunities. My main goal is to become financially successful enough to set up a scholarship fund to help support female or minority students from the Okanagan who are struggling to afford higher education.
What was the most challenging thing about law school?
The most challenging thing about law school was successfully integrating it into my life (and I'm still not sure I'm getting it right!). Trying to make sure that I fulfill all of my school responsibilities while also not neglecting my family, my non-law school friends, and my physical and mental health has been the toughest part, but I think I'm doing okay so far!
What has been your best experience in law school?
Definitely meeting and interacting with so many unique, intelligent people every day. Each person has a different perspective that is so incredibly valuable and I am so grateful for the friends I have made.
How do you think the law or the legal profession will develop over the course of your career?
I think there will be a big expansion in non-traditional legal careers and growth in the in-house and boutique firm sectors of the legal profession. I think the initial growth will be slow, and small, but over time it will snowball into a large shift in the way people do legal work.
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