"Apprentice" Winner Stefanie Schaeffer '99 to Speak on Campus
Southwestern alumna Stefanie Schaeffer, winner of the sixth season of the "The Apprentice," will speak on the law school's campus at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17 in BW370. She will share her own experiences and discuss other career opportunities outside the legal profession available to law school graduates.
"From the moment Stefanie was 'hired' on 'The Apprentice,' several members of the SBA and I knew that she would make a dynamic speaker who would attract a great deal of attention from the Southwestern community," SBA President Robert Glassman said. "As a Southwestern alumna who has utilized her law degree in ways that are unconventional to many professionals in the legal community, Stefanie has demonstrated that a law degree is truly versatile and worthwhile no matter how it is used."
Schaeffer, 33, was working as a Los Angeles trial attorney when she was cast on the reality show, "a 13-week job interview" to work for real estate mogul Donald Trump. She attributes much of her success on the show to her legal education at Southwestern and the law school's accelerated SCALE® program, the first two-year Juris Doctor program in the country with a unique instructional approach to teaching law.
"Thinking back on my J.D. training program helped me to compete effectively on 'The Apprentice,'" Schaeffer said. "That training really helped me in the boardroom. As I begin to apply my skills to projects on behalf of Mr. Trump, I remain grateful to the SCALE program at Southwestern as a solid foundation for my new adventures as 'The Apprentice.'"
Schaeffer is currently working for the Trump Organization overseeing construction and development of the Cap Cana project in the Dominican Republic and as the head of sales, marketing and real estate for Trump International Hotel and Tower in Las Vegas. She is a member of the California State Bar and passed the Worker's Compensation Specialization Exam in 2005. Prior to joining "The Apprentice" team, she was an associate in litigation practice for Stockwell, Harris, Widom, Woolverton & Muehl, and previously with Goldman, Magdalin & Krikes. Schaeffer is a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society and is active in the Southwestern Alumni Association. She was raised in Palm Springs, California, and earned her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Riverside.