Tiger Pride: Monty Bossard P ‘13
"I can offer guidance as to whether a career in law suits them and how best to prepare themselves for law school and for a legal career."
My academic background consists of an undergraduate degree from Stanford University in English and a Juris Doctor degree from Boston College Law School. I knew throughout college that I wanted to attend law school. There is no specific undergraduate pre-law degree at most colleges that would prepare a student for law school. In my case I was an English major but took almost as many history courses as I did in my major. Both were good preparation for the writing and analytical requirements of studying law. Any degree that trains a student in analytical skills is good preparation, including math or engineering. Political science is another popular degree among people who apply to law school.
After graduation from law school I took the California Bar and then moved to Washington DC, where I practiced with a private law firm for about a year and a half, then moved to the US Department of Energy, where I worked in the General Counsel’s office for almost two years before moving to Seattle. I have worked for several law firms in Seattle, and later for several companies in the real estate business, working in property management and development, mortgage lending, and title and escrow. Escrow consists of preparing deeds and closing documents for real estate transactions. I have taught various real estate courses at a local community college for about ten years.
My first recommendation to someone interested in the legal field would be to try to attend the best law school you can in the area where you intend to practice. The connections with classmates you make in law school are valuable both in later career development as well as in providing colleagues to call to discuss legal issues to get their input once you are out of law school.
I currently practice with one other attorney in the areas of real estate and creditor-debtor issues. I like meeting with clients and trying to help them deal with their problems. In my area this frequently means helping people to stay in their home despite financial troubles. In other instances I am able to help people get out from under debt problems and start to rebuild their lives after they experience financial problems.
I would be happy to talk to Oxy students who are interested in the legal field. I can offer guidance as to whether a career in law suits them and how best to prepare themselves for law school and for a legal career.
- Monty Bossard P ‘13
Attorney, Iwama Law Firm
- Phone: (323) 259-2623
- Fax: (323) 341-4900
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Address: AGC 109
1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041 & The Career Corner JSC 134
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