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Tariq Boulad

Tariq Boulad

Class of 2019
J.D. Candidate

Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Undergraduate: CSU Sacramento
Major: Economics


Tariq Boulad grew up in a Syrian-American family and his most treasured memories took place in Syria where he would visit his family before conflict and bloodshed devastated the country.

Originally, Boulad intended to become an Opthmalogist, but his pre-med classes didn't inspire him so he changed his course of study to economics. After graduating from college, he worked as a personal banker and helped Syrian, Iraqi and Afghani refugees open checking, savings and credit accounts so that they could become financially established in America.  

Boulad hopes to work in international business and corporate law. Fluent in Arabic, he hopes to use his second tongue to work in the Middle East and also hopes to do pro-bono work for incoming refugees.  

"I knew that economics was not the only field that I wanted to pursue a career in and that adding law would open up many doors and opportunities for me. My parents of course always inspire me to aim as high as possible which has given me the drive and motivation to make them proud."  

Boulad's sister also just passed the Minnesota bar and received her LLM degree in transnational human rights in Geneva, Switzerland. "Although we are interested in two very separate fields of law, seeing how passionate and dedicated she was in her work supported my decision to go to law school. We are the only lawyers in our entire family."  

Boulad decided to attend McGeorge because of its business and international law programs and rave reviews from local alumni. Now, immersed in his studies at the school, he is grateful that he decided to attend McGeorge. "Other than the supportive faculty, staff and students, I think some of the best things about McGeorge are the outside resources, events and networking opportunities that McGeorge provides to its students."  

Through McGeorge, he interned for at Leadco Legal Counsel, an international law firm in Vietnam. "The internship was very hands on and the managing partner had me drafting memos and letters to opposing counsel and sitting in on all of our client meetings. We also went to various district and provincial level courts in Vietnam and attended hearings with the Vietnamese lawyers who we worked for."

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