It’s that time of the month again ladies and gentleman, our next exec feature is our lovely co-president, Geena Lee!
Geena is a fourth year Political Science student with academic interests in political philosophy, legal theory, and international relations. She has been involved with the Pre-Law executive team for the past three years, during which she has worked as an executive assistant and VP events.
We asked Geena a few questions:
Question: What inspired you to want to pursue law school?
When I was in elementary school, my cousin visited our family for the summer after passing the bar in California. I barely understood what a career in law entailed at the time. Despite this, I remember being completely drawn to how passionately she spoke about her career and I began to feel a strong urge to learn more. That was probably the starting point in my interest to pursue law.
As I progressed through middle and high school, I became very involved with debate and Model United Nations. Both of these activities exposed me to a wide range of important issues and challenged my critical thinking skills. Once I arrived at UBC, I got further inspired as I broadened my understanding on how the law functions in society and the importance of legal systems in general. In particular, I was fortunate to be able to take an elective in my second year called Law and Society 204 taught by Dr. Margot Young who teaches constitutional and social justice law at the Allard School of Law at UBC. The course gave me the unique opportunity to research and analyze Charter cases and I guess you could say it ultimately confirmed that law school was definitely the path for me!
Question: How did you first get started with Pre-Law Society?
I joined in my first year as a member after spotting the Pre-Law booth on Imagine Day. I remember being super excited because I felt like I had found exactly what I was looking for – and I was right. I ended up applying to join the executive team and took on one of the executive assistant roles in my second year. I had the pleasure of working as VP Events in my third year, which then brings me to where I am now. Working with Jessica as Co-Presidents of the club has been nothing short of amazing so far. With such a strong team of talented individuals, I have no doubt that we will have a successful year.
Question: What do you like best about Pre-Law Society?
The people! Pre-Law is an excellent support system and I am grateful for all the connections I have made with members, executives, as well as the Vancouver legal community. Preparing for any career path will be stressful and law is no exception. Through Pre-Law, I am constantly reminded of the bigger picture. I love the fact that Pre-Law aims to alleviate the stresses of applying to law school and to provide students with the resources they need to achieve their
Question: What does your ideal journey to becoming a lawyer look like?
There is definitely no textbook answer to this question. One thing is for sure, though. Follow your passions. There seems to always be a lot of talk about which major is the best one to prepare you for law school, whether to go on exchange or not, or if taking a year off after graduating undergrad would be a good idea. At the end of the day, your unique experiences define and distinguish you from the crowd and if anything, you will be much more successful pursuing activities that inspire you rather than following what worked for someone else. That’s why I decided to major in Political Science – I enjoyed my poli courses the most and my genuine interest in the area naturally translated to higher grades. Aside from academics, I also strongly believe that work experience of some sort is vital. And for the first years out there, if you ever happen to find yourself in doubt over whether or not to commit to an extracurricular activity you come across, I say go for it! No time? Make time! Your experiences outside of the classroom will become increasingly valuable as time passes.
With all this being said, the bottom line is not to get fixated on a certain formula to becoming a lawyer. I tell this to myself everyday: If you are truly passionate about working in the legal field, you will get there eventually somehow!
Question: What advice can you give others taking the LSAT and pursuing law?
Two words: discipline & perseverance. The LSAT will be unlike any course material you have come across so far. Standardized exams in and of themselves can be very mentally draining as well. Work hard and stay committed to the long term goal. Don’t let the unfamiliarity of the questions and the length of the exam scare you! Put the work in and practice, practice, practice. If others have done it, you can too.
Question: What are some of your favourite places at UBC?
I recently went to Loaf Cafe in the new Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre across the bookstore and fell in love. The natural light and tasteful interior makes for a perfect place to catch up with a friend in between classes. On the occasion that I really need to focus and write a bunch of papers though, no place can beat the Ridington Room in Irving, also known as the Harry Potter room!
In her free time, Geena enjoys singing, reading novels, and going on runs. And, like the superstar she is, she currently sits on the UBC Model United Nations Board of Directors and had the honour of being nominated as Secretary-General of UBCMUN 2015. Be sure to catch Geena at Pre-Law’s awesome events throughout the year!