First Generation Scholarship
Wilshire Law Firm Team Running in LA Marathon to Benefit First-Generation Student
On March 19, 2017, the Wilshire Law Firm team will run in the LA Marathon to raise funds for the “First-Generation Scholarship,” which will benefit one first-generation law student in the 2017-2018 academic school year at Loyola Law School. They hope to raise at least $5,000.
As a law school alumni who was raised in an immigrant family, Founding President and Managing Attorney Bobby Saadian, Esq. understands the unique struggles of being a first-generation law student.
“Many first-generation law students have a hard time in school for two reasons: One is financial, two is that they didn’t grow up in a family of lawyers, so they lack familial guidance about the profession,” said Bobby.
Today, the average law student graduates with around $140,000 in student debt. A single semester can cost upwards of tens of thousands of dollars, including tuition and fees, books and supplies, living expenses and loan origination fees.
“Once you’re in, there’s very little room for failure due to the major investment of time and money that is involved,” said Bobby, talking about the hardships of pursuing a legal career. “Achieving good grades, graduating, passing the bar, securing a position with a firm, getting partnership, and so on – it is a long and arduous process that requires complete commitment for many, many years. If you don’t make it, you can easily become mired in debt with little recourse, especially if you don’t have family resources or a financial safety net.”
He continued, “That said, being a lawyer is incredibly rewarding and a dream come true. I feel very fortunate to be where I’m at, to be in a position where I can give back. Through the First-Generation Scholarship, it is my hope to provide some financial relief enabling a deserving young student to accomplish their dream, but more importantly give them the confidence that it can be done as I am living proof that it has been done.”
Interested donors can find more information here.