Growing up in Compton, Calif., 3L Jaquesha Scott witnessed how crime can plague a neighborhood. Now, with dreams of becoming a prosecutor, she plans to return home and help protect it.
"There isn't one attorney where I live," said Scott, who still resides in Compton and commutes roughly 32 miles daily to UCI Law. "I grew up only seeing legal careers on television and many people said that it wasn't possible."
A first-generation college student and former foster youth, Scott began her advocacy work at an early age: "I always had a passion for advocating for vulnerable individuals and groups, starting with bullies on the school yard," she said.
That passion, coupled with her surrounding environment, motivated Scott to pursue a career as a criminal prosecutor. She attended UCLA immediately after high school, and then enrolled in UCI Law months after graduating with a degree in anthropology.
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