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Theresa Pascua

LL.M. in U.S. Law & Policy student
December 2017

Hometown: Valenzuela City, Philippines
Undergraduate: Far Eastern University
Major: Political Science

Bio

Theresa Pascua was adept at winning fights with her parents at an early age, which gave them a hunch that their daughter would set her sights on a career in law. "I've always been sensitive to the concept of justice and the cruelty of wrongful convictions," Theresa said.

She pursued her Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Far Eastern University and earned her LLB at the Philippines Law School. Theresa is fluent in English, Tagalog and the Ilocano dialect, the three most common languages spoken in the Philippines.  

Theresa practiced political law in the Philippines where the legal system is based on civil law (the United States legal system is based on common law). "The court procedure in the United States is more complex because there are two jurisdictions-the federal and state court," Theresa said. "In the Philippines, we only have one national court."

At the peak of her law career in the Philippines, Theresa "made a move for love" and immigrated to the United States to live with her husband. She has been living in Elk Grove for five years.  

She is pursuing a Master's degree in United States Law and Policy from McGeorge so that she can practice law in her new home. In order to become an accredited United States lawyer, she has to take an extra 20 credit hours at an accredited law school.

After graduation, Theresa hopes to focus on family law and immigration and also aspires to run for political office once she passes the State Bar Examination. "As an active member of the Filipino community in Sacramento, I've become very aware of the need for more immigration and family lawyers to serve my community," she said.  

Theresa currently works as a personal injury and immigration paralegal for a law firm located in Elk Grove. She is also a commissioned and accredited notary public, and a loan signing officer in Sacramento County. Additionally, she teaches Sunday school for preschoolers at her church.  

Theresa was attracted to McGeorge because of its reputation for producing successful lawyers and for its location - a twenty minute drive from Elk Grove, which is ideal for her career.

The best part about being a student at McGeorge, she said, is the opportunity that it affords her to be surrounded by intellectuals with a diversity of experiences. "I get to be acquainted with students like me from other countries and get to know about their cultures, laws and values," Theresa said. "I also love the fact that the professors are very helpful and experts in their field."  

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