Profiles: Rena Sera

Rena Sera

Rena Sera

JD 16


1. Tell me something special or interesting about your background before you went to law school?

I achieved my paralegal certificate and worked in the legal field for 10 years before attending law school! Prior to that I attended UC Berkeley where I earned a B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in international relations and comparative politics, in addition to a B.A. in Legal Studies.

2. What is your greatest source of motivation/support as you work towards your JD?

I have always wanted to attend law school, however, I would most definitely say that my parents and my husband served as my support system and really gave me the push I needed to follow my heart. They would periodically remind me of my goals to become an attorney, and always told me I could do anything I wanted, and I did!! I know they are all very proud.

3. Why did you decide to go to law school?

My passion to become an attorney stems from my childhood where I watched both my parents migrate to the United States from the Philippines in hopes of creating a better future for my brother and I. I experienced first-hand the difficulties that immigrants face day to day, such as not knowing the language, having little or no education, as well as not having the desirable skills that many employers look for. Experiencing this is what made me decide to embark on my journey of being an advocate for immigrants, and disadvantaged populations, and that is why I decided to attend law school.

4. What is your favorite thing to do when you are not at law school?

SLEEP!!!

5. What message/advice do you have for your fellow law students?

My greatest piece of advice for my fellow law students is to not get so lost or caught up in being a student. Make sure to have fun! In order to be a successful law student, it is key to have a work-life balance! Always remember to do the things that you love. It will keep you happy and keep you sane!

6. If not in law school right now, what would you be doing?

If I wasn't in law school right now, I would be a linguist with the NSA, because I speak fluent Tagalog, which is the national Filipino language.

About the interviewer: Azin Abedian is the Law Student Support Counselor for the School of Law. She is a GGU Law Alum, and she has practiced both general civil litigation and transactional law. If you cannot find her in her office suite 2334, you will probably find her around the corner at the Soul Cycle studio taking a class!