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Get to know…Adriana Aranda

Adriana Aranda, 2L
El Paso, Texas

Before she finished high school, Adriana Aranda knew she wanted to attend law school. Growing up in El Paso, Texas, near the Mexico border, Adriana says she saw the struggles facing minorities and undocumented immigrants. She wanted to help her community, she says.

“I decided to attend law school because I wanted to know more about the laws and the way they affect our lives,” Adriana says.

After majoring in political science and minoring in legal reasoning at the University of Texas, Adriana came to the University of Iowa College of Law. The experience, she says, has been both challenging and rewarding.

“The amount of information you learn in such a short period of time is extremely rewarding,” she says. “It’s hard work and you have to contribute so much time, but it does pay off.”

That hard work has manifested itself not just in grades, but in a vast amount of new knowledge, Adriana says. She says she has a different way of thinking now than when she began law school.

“I think that is the most important thing to get out of law school,” she says.

Adriana says she has also learned the value of hard work.

“You have to work hard in order to get what you want,” she says. “In order to reach your goals, you have to go through every painful step, every excruciating process and it will pay off eventually. You just have to stick with it.”

Adriana serves as the co-president of the Hispanic/Latino Law Student Association this year and spent last summer clerking for Judge David Briones of the Western District of Texas. When she finishes law school, Adriana says she plans to return to Texas, pass the bar exam, complete a clerkship and become a part of her community’s legal network as either a criminal defense attorney or an immigration attorney.

“I want to be able to create an impact in my community or at least in some people’s lives,” she says.

Adriana Aranda