LAW STUDENT PROFILE
Stephanie Rubstello will earn her degree from the University of Oregon School of Law on May 19, 2012. She is 25 years old from Woodinville, Washington.
After completing her undergraduate degree in Los Angeles, California, Rubstello was ready to get back to the Northwest. She said she missed the laid back culture — and the trees.
“The people at Oregon were so welcoming. It seemed like a real community,” she said.
While pursuing her degree at Oregon Law, Rubstello was most inspired by the idea of being the best lawyer she could be.
“I am competitive, so I always want to do the best I can. But there is also the end goal that people usually visit lawyers at stressful times in their lives, and I want to know as much as I can, and be as skilled as possible, so that I can be a resource for them, and make them feel more secure.”
With this attitude, Rubstello involved herself in the Small Claims Mediation Clinic. This is her favorite law school memory. She accepted a different experience every week, walking into a room, not knowing what she would have to handle.
“In a couple hours time, I learned a case, learned the people, and helped them (hopefully) resolve it so both sides were satisfied. It was a fun contrast to the zero-sum reality that the courtroom often can be.”
Rubstello also tutored Legal Research and Writing students during her second-year of law school. She held office hours and helped students with substantive writing, organizing and citation. Rubstello then became the managing editor for the Oregon Law Review, where she worked with a team of eight staff editors.
“It’s incredibly rewarding to work with students over a whole year and watch them grow, help them along, and challenge them when they are up for it.”
Rubstello’s proudest accomplishment while earning her degree was walking out of the courthouse after doing work with the Criminal Defense Clinic. She loved getting to know the client and working through a solution with them.
“Its exhilarating to work with clients and know that by you being there, you made their experience easier.”
Earning a degree from the University of Oregon School of Law is a great achievement. The law school is part of one of the nation’s leading research universities and, based on reputation, is the top ranked school in the state of Oregon, and the second in the Pacific Northwest. The law school also has four nationally top- ranked specialty programs in which students learn and prosper from the highly qualified faculty that work within them. Oregon Law lets students thrive in its close-knit community and encourages students to make the school their second home.
Rubstello said earning her degree from Oregon Law gave her a strong base for any kind of law she may want to practice. From working with small claims mediation, arbitration, criminal law, and then at a local civil general practice firm, she feels like she has received a wide range of experience. After graduation, Rubstello knows that she wants to better her community for the future.
“I like the litigation side of law, even if it doesn’t mean being in a courtroom. I like finding the ‘winning’ arguments, and I also enjoy talking to clients and walking them through the whole process, making the justice system seem less intimidating and confusing for them.”
She would like to thank her mother for her support and encouragement throughout her time at Oregon Law.
“She believed I could do anything I set my mind to. Even when I wasn’t quite so sure myself.”