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Tara Rojas

Tara Rojas

Attorney, Rojas Family Law
Area of Practice: Family Law
Year Graduated: 2014

Undergraduate: St. Mary's College
Major: BA, Management

When she was 37 years old, Tara Rojas, '14, decided to go to law school. At the time, she was working at a large law firm in Sacramento as a paralegal. "I saw so many new lawyers advance in the law firm and I was doing a lot of the work to ready cases for trial and hearings. I wanted to have a voice in the legal proceedings and to be the attorney managing the cases."

She attended McGeorge because at her workplace, she witnessed how well the law school prepared its students to work as lawyers. "The law students that came from McGeorge had practical experience. They were able to step out the door as lawyers, go to court, and argue and negotiate with counsel. The students that came from some of the other well-known local law schools were beautiful scholars, but in my opinion they did not have the practical experience that McGeorge graduates had from the outset."

McGeorge was also close to her job and allowed her to work while she pursued her J.D. part-time. Four years after graduating from McGeorge, Rojas opened up her firm, Rojas Family Law, Inc. At her firm, Rojas offers divorce, property division, custody, child support, spousal support and domestic violence legal services as well as pre-marital agreements and post-nuptial agreements.

"My favorite thing about practicing family law is seeing how clients are transformed through the divorce process," she said. "They come in bruised and broken and through the divorce process they always become a better, healthier person. I feel like I play a part in that. I help them get to a point where they see that everything is going to be all right."

She encourages future McGeorge students to get a lot of rest before school starts and to take the time to go the extra mile: "Stay up an extra hour, take the extra time to meet a professor, do every single practice exam that a professor will offer and brief every single case until the end of law school."

The advice served her well — Rojas graduated as the Valedictorian of her class. But, she still got butterflies in her stomach before her first trial. "For my very first trial, I was nervous and I was worried that I wouldn't be able to remember the rules of evidence or civil procedure. I had become good friends with a professor at McGeorge and he came and he sat in the audience and offered me moral support. He continues to be a very great mentor. I can call him anytime and he will help. I don't know if that is something that you could get from just any law school."

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