Meet Our Students

Our students are bright, intellectually curious, and remarkably collegial. They come to Berkeley to experience a rich curriculum and a supportive learning environment, and to learn the law under a grading system that encourages them to compete with themselves, rather than against one another. We don’t give traditional letter grades, we don’t calculate GPAs, and we don’t rank students numerically. Miss a class, and by the end of the day, several sets of notes will probably arrive by email. Our students aren’t here to prove things, they’re here to learn things. And they’re great about sharing what they know.

Outside of the classroom, our students are extremely engaged and involved in many activities, from our Student-Initiated Law Service Projects (SLPs) and clinics, to our award-winning advocacy competition teams and student-run journals. In addition, we have more than 50 student organizations— focused on everything from entrepreneurship and privacy law to diversity and faith. Browse our student organizations list for more information. 

We invite you to connect with an admissions ambassador and read about the work our students are doing, below. 

Admissions Ambassadors

Looking to connect with a current JD student? Feel free to email one of our ambassadors listed below. They are happy to connect with you to tell you more about student life, their interests, and what they’re involved in at Berkeley Law. 

We encourage you to join us at upcoming virtual information sessions to hear more from our ambassadors:

 

Linda Blair (she/her), 3L

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Education: Georgetown University '15, Psychology
Curricular Interests: Business/Start Up; Constitutional/Regulatory; Criminal Justice; Social Justice/Public Interest

Ask Me About:
1) Berkeley Law's student culture
2) Affinity groups, in general and specifically the Law Students of African Descent (LSAD) and Womxn of Color Collective (WOCC)
3) Student-Initiated Legal Service Projects (SLPs) and Journals as a 1L

Email: lawambassador1@berkeley.edu

Jaleel Chandler (he/him), 3L

Hometown: Norwalk, IA
Education: Iowa State University '18, Political Science & French
Curricular Interests: Business/Start Up; Social Justice/Public Interest

Ask Me About:
1) Berkeley Business Law Journal
2) New Business Community Law Clinic
3) My Field Placement with the SEC

Email: lawambassador2@berkeley.edu

Yongbin Chang (he/him), 2L

Hometown: It's complicated - maybe the Bay Area?
Education: UC Berkeley '18, Economics
Curricular Interests: Constitutional/Regulatory; Social Justice/Public Interest

Ask Me About:
1) Being first-generation or low-income
2) Being undecided and exploring your options
3) Pro bono/public interest work

Email: lawambassador3@berkeley.edu

Omar Corona (he/him), 2L

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Education: UCLA '16, Environmental Studies & Political Science
Curricular Interests: Environmental and Energy; International/Comparative; Social Justice/Public Interest

Ask Me About:
1) Clinics, like the Environmental Law Clinic
2) Affinity groups
3) Student-Initiated Legal Projects (SLPs), like the Tenants' Rights Clinic (Centro Legal de La Raza)

Email: lawambassador4@berkeley.edu

Maribel Garcia Ochoa (she/her), 3L

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Education: UCLA '16, Political Science
Curricular Interests: Business/Start Up; Environmental and Energy

Ask Me About:
1) Student Organizations
2) Cross-Disciplinary Graduate Opportunities within UC Berkeley
3) Navigating Law School as a First-Generation Student

Email: lawambassador5@berkeley.edu

Min Jung "MJ" Han (she/her), 2L

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Education: Brown University '16, Sc.B. Chemistry
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign '17, M.S. Chemistry
Curricular Interests: Business/Start Up; Technology/ IP

Ask Me About:
1) Student organizations, like Women in Tech Law
2) Transactional law classes/opportunities
3) Coming from STEM/not pre-law background

Email: lawambassador6@berkeley.edu

Katie Iacovelli (she/her), 2L

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Education: University of Chicago '18, History and Gender & Sexuality Studies
Curricular Interests: Business/Start Up; Social Justice/Public Interest

Ask Me About:
1) Journals (California Law Review and Berkeley Journal of Entertainment & Sports Law)
2) Affinity groups (First Generation Professionals, Queer Caucus, Queer Womxn of Law, and Womxn of Berkeley Law)
3) Maintaining a work-life balance during law school

Email: lawambassador7@berkeley.edu

Rebecca Kim (she/her), 3L

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Education: University of Chicago '13, Political Science
Fordham University '15, Masters in Education
Curricular Interests: Business/Start Up; Social Justice/Public Interest; Technology/ IP

Ask Me About:
1) Clinics, like the New Business Community Law Clinic
2) Student Organizations, like First-Generation Professionals or the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
3) The Academic Skills Program

Email: lawambassador8@berkeley.edu

Felix Mendez-Burgos (he/him), 3L

Hometown: Tampa, FL
Education: Florida State University '17, Political Science
Curricular Interests: Business/Start Up; International/Comparative

Ask Me About:
1) Clinics (EBCLC Immigration Unit, New Business Community Law Clinic)
2) International Field Placement (Berkeley UN Program)
3) Berkeley Law Alternative Service Trip (South Texas)

Email: lawambassador9@berkeley.edu

Talha Mirza (he/him), 3L

Hometown: Toronto, Canada & Los Angeles, CA
Education: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - Ford School of Public Policy '18, Public Policy/International Development Policy
Curricular Interests: Business/Start Up; International/Comparative; Social Justice/Public Interest; Technology/ IP

Ask Me About:
1) International Human Rights Law Externships/Externships Abroad
2) EBCLC Immigration Clinic
3) Being EIC of the Berkeley Journal of Middle East and Islamic Law

Email: lawambassador10@berkeley.edu

Idrian Mollaneda (he/him), 3L

Hometown: Cebu, Philippines; Rockville, MD; Tucson, AZ
Education: University of Arizona '18, Political Science & Environmental Studies
Curricular Interests: Constitutional/Regulatory

Ask Me About:
1) The Bay Area
2) Affinity organizations, like the Pilipino American Law Society
3) Experiential education, like the EBCLC Health & Welfare Clinic or judicial externships

Email: lawambassador11@berkeley.edu

Katie Molyneux (she/her), 3L

Hometown: Clayton, CA
Education: UCLA '18, Political Science & Communication Studies
Curricular Interests: Business/Start Up; Constitutional/Regulatory; Criminal Justice; Social Justice/Public Interest

Ask Me About:
1) California Law Review (CLR) and journals
2) Not knowing what kind of lawyer you want to be when you grow up
3) My favorite classes, like Complex Litigation, Reproductive Rights & Justice, and Wine Law!

Email: lawambassador12@berkeley.edu

Will Orner (he/him), 2L

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign '17, East Asian Languages and Cultures (minor: International Development Economics)
Curricular Interests: Business/Start Up

Ask Me About:
1) Startup Law Initiative
2) Judicial Externship/Field Placements
3) Berkeley Business Law Journal

Email: lawambassador13@berkeley.edu

Maria Sanchez (she/her), 3L

Hometown: La Puente, CA
Education: UCLA '16, Political Science & Global Studies, minor in Public Affairs
Curricular Interests: International/Comparative

Ask Me About:
1) Navigating law school as a first generation student
2) Student organizations, like the La Raza Law Students Association
3) Clinics, like the International Human Rights Law Clinic

Email: lawambassador14@berkeley.edu

Student Spotlights

Berkeley Law’s student body is a community of young professionals whose passions and talents make this an incredibly vibrant place to learn the practice, purpose, and power of law for the public good. Get to know some of them below, and more here.

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