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Major: Sociology and Legal Studies

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Mariam Aboudamous

Mariam Aboudamous

MJA Legal
City of American Canyon, Council Member
Area of Practice: Immigration/ International Law
Year Graduated: 2015

Undergraduate: UC Davis
Major: Political Science

Mariam Aboudamous decided to study at McGeorge because its international law program is among the top programs in the country.

At McGeorge, she concentrated in international legal studies and participated in the school's immigration law clinic. "I worked closely with my supervising attorney and learned so much from him. The clinic gave me the confidence that I needed in order to advocate for my clients effectively."  

Currently, she practices immigration law in the City of American Canyon, and serves as a City Council Member for the City of American Canyon. "I genuinely feel that I am making a difference in the world and changing people's lives. In immigration law, I am able to help people come out of the shadow of being undocumented. On the Council, I am able to create the policy that governs our city and to listen to constituents' concerns and help improve their quality of life."  

She advises current students to reap all the experiential learning they can from McGeorge. "While in law school, don't just focus on your studies. Really use this time to build your resume and explore which practice area is right for you. Try internships in all different areas of the law rather than just one. This will help you be more marketable after graduation, unless you already know exactly what you want to do after graduation. Also find a mentor and talk to him/her regularly. You are going to need an outlet, but you are also going to need guidance from someone who has been in your shoes."  

Aboudamous frequently attended events hosted by McGeorge's Career Development Office.  "I learned how to network effectively and how to write a legal cover letter. CDO staff has such a wealth of knowledge that goes beyond just helping you find a job."  

She also served on the board of the Alternative Dispute Resolution club and Middle Eastern/South Asian Association. "We (the ADR club) hosted an annual negotiation competition which was one of the greatest experiences that I've had. You learn a lot, gain so much confidence, and meet so many driven individuals who become part of your life long mentor network."  

After graduating from McGeorge, Aboudamous went to The Hague, Netherlands where she interned for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. After that, she worked on the Measure AA campaign for a clean and healthy San Francisco bay as the Napa-Solano regional coordinator.

Aboudamous runs into McGeorge alumni regularly. At the California Democratic Party convention, she ran into two former classmates who were working on campaigns for party leadership. "Anytime a legal issue comes up that is outside my scope of expertise I seem to always have a friend that I can refer it to. Attending McGeorge makes you part of a small, unique family of people who will remain with you for life. You learn a lot about yourself in law school and the friendships that you make during that process are the kinds of friendships that will last forever."  

Aboudamous hopes to practice law in the United States for another ten years and then move to another country where she can practice international law. Her dream is to work for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and live in Geneva.  

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