Hometown: El Paso, Texas
Undergraduate: University of Georgia
Major: Spanish Education
Isabel Glaese's experience in non-profit educational support inspired her to attend law school as a tool, like her fluency in Spanish, to help her serve her community.
Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Isabel thought about going to law school since she was in the fifth grade, though she admits that for a long time she lacked a concrete understanding of what being in the legal profession would really mean. Her post-undergraduate work as a college coach for the non-profit organization Beyond 12, where she helped minority and first-generation college students succeed in moving into college, showed her how she could use a law education.
"I believe there are many changes that need to be made in our education system, and I hope to use my law school education to fight for those changes," said Isabel. "Law school is preparing me to serve my community by providing me the necessary skills to make an impact on a larger scale."
After living and working in Atlanta for two years, Isabel was eager to move somewhere new, and Sacramento was her first choice, because she wanted to live in California and because she had heard great things about McGeorge.
She's very happy with her choice. "The faculty is great," Isabel said. "Each professor is dedicated to student success and is very supportive."
During summer 2015 Isabel participated in the Inter-American Program in Guatemala, and interned at Hughes and Hughes in Montevideo, Uruguay. Hughes and Hughes handles cases for corporate domestic and foreign clients in nearly twenty different areas of legal practice. Glaese reviewed contracts in both English and Spanish pertaining to facilities and shareholder agreements, as well as other aspects of civil law. "I gained so much experience in completely new areas of law for me, and have broadened my understanding of what I will be able to do with my law degree," said Glaese. She was excited to travel to both of these countries and to actively use her Spanish, which is her first language.
In fact, as Isabel plans ahead for life after law school, she would like to work internationally or for a firm where she can speak Spanish on a daily basis.
And she hopes to continue helping others. "My interests lie in the fields of immigration reform, education reform, and international law," said Isabel. "I have a strong personal connection to these areas of the law and hope to use my legal education to serve and strengthen my community."