Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Student Profile


Patricia GruenPatricia Gruen

PLEAS Program

With experience working in law firms and a keen interest in the environment and international issues, Patricia Gruen had her sights set on law school. A busy mother of three young children, who also had work responsibilities, she was drawn to Southwestern's part-time day program for its scheduling flexibility and support system.

A typical day now could take her from carpool, to the law classroom, to a community outreach project, to a part-time communications job, to a soccer game. She points out that despite the busy schedule, her husband has been supportive, and her kids "think it's very 'cool' that their mom is going to school" -- they often do their homework together.

Patricia has also been able to enhance her law school experience through involvement in Moot Court, as a semifinalist in the intramural competition, and as a member of Southwestern's award-winning Jessup International Law team. In addition, she has taken leadership roles in Southwestern's public service projects with local disadvantaged youngsters, attended Southwestern's summer program in Vancouver, and completed an externship with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Patricia imagines that juggling all these responsibilities should help prepare her well for the rigors of law practice!