Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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Southwestern's 'SCALE' Program Attributed to Helping Candidate Climb the Ranks of NBC's 'The Apprentice' March 12, 2007
Southwestern's 'SCALE' Program Attributed to Helping Candidate Climb the Ranks of NBC's 'The Apprentice'

LOS ANGELES - The weekly tasks and boardroom showdowns for candidates on this season of 'The Apprentice' test for broad business acumen and keen negotiating skills. For Stefanie Schaeffer, a 32-year-old LA trial attorney vying for a mega-job with Donald Trump, she attributes much of her success so far on the show to her education from the noted 'SCALE' program at Southwestern.

Stefanie reflects, "Thinking back on my J.D. training program, it has helped me to compete effectively on 'The Apprentice.'  The small class sizes and personalized learning enabled me to obtain caseload experience from participating in mock trials to preparing briefs and memos to developing compelling evidentiary support. Beyond traditional lectures, this law training helped me to further develop critical thinking, analytical reasoning and effective communication of opinion; all valuable skills in the boardroom with Mr. Trump."

As demonstrated in each of the first six episodes, Stefanie can absorb information, retain knowledge and properly utilize the data to persuade without being abrasive. Stefanie continued, "The SCALE program gave me the practical skills necessary to build a strong career in the practice of law and to build a strong foundation for future opportunities."

Stefanie Schaeffer graduated from the prestigious SCALE program in 1999.  She then clerked for the Honorable Ronald S.W. Lew, Federal District Judge and was selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer Rising Star for 2006 and 2007 representing the top 2.5% of all lawyers in California. She passed the Worker's Compensation Specialization Exam in 2005 and is now an associate in litigation practice for Stockwell, Harris, Widom, Woolverton & Muehl, previously with Goldman, Magdalin & Krikes. She serves on the Alumni Board of Directors at Southwestern and is currently a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society.


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"The Apprentice" airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT Sunday nights on NBC and is rebroadcast weekly on CNBC.