Career Profiles

Lynna Ochoa ‘16

Law Clerk, Los Angeles City Attorney, Housing Unit

Lynna Ochoa ‘16

What were your responsibilities?
“My responsibilities included researching for staff attorneys on issues relating to housing rights; defining parameters of statutory language in developing legal arguments; providing summaries of case law on particular subjects; and making recommendations on next steps for particular projects as a result of targeted research.”

What excited you most about the job?
“One of the best things about the clerkship was the opportunity to apply what was learned in the classroom. Civil procedure finally made sense! All those rules that seemed so abstract last year got put into perspective. I also appreciated opportunities to network with City Attorney professional and administrative staff, to attend City Council proceedings and to accompany attorneys to court proceedings provided vital insight.”

How did your education and experience at Whittier Law School prepare you for this position?
“My law school education provided the foundation from which to build in tackling the tasks at the City Attorney’s office. In putting concepts into practice, I realized I knew more than what I gave myself credit for. It was a good feeling.”

Do you have any advice for students or alum seeking employment, particularly in your industry?
“Stay flexible! And remain open-minded. Things may not always work out the way you plan — sometimes they work out better. The end goal, especially as a student, is to gain legal experience, to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom. The clerkship with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office was my second choice for summer clerkships, but it turned out to be the best choice for me.”