Whittier Law Student Wins Two Prestigious Scholarships

Whittier Law Alum Claire Chang
Claire Chang with her mother at the Orange County Asian American Bar Association (OCAABA) Awards Gala.

Congratulations to Claire Chang, a recent graduate who was awarded two competitive scholarships this year.

Whittier Law School Alum Claire Chang

The Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association granted Claire a Lim Ruger Foundation Scholarship, one of only two given at the organization’s 40th Anniversary Installation & Awards Banquet in April. Claire also received the OCAABA’s First Annual Leadership Scholarship from the Orange County Asian American Bar Association. This scholarship recognizes outstanding law students who have the potential to be future leaders in the legal profession in the Orange County community. The scholarship was awarded at the Installation and Awards Gala in April.

Whittier Law School Alum Claire Chang

It’s not surprising that Claire would win these scholarships. In 2014, she was named the Student of the Year by the National Asian Pacific American Law Students Association at the annual conference of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Here at Whittier Law School, everyone knows Claire because of her involvement in many organizations. In the 2013-2014 school year, she was the Vice President of the Student Bar Association, a Member of the Trial Advocacy Honors Board, and the Events and Media Coordinator of Veterans’ Law Society.

Claire has had a number of externships, including positions at the Office of County Counsel for the County of Orange; Superior Court of California, County of Orange; Legal Aid Society of Orange County; JAG; and a private firm.

Whittier Law School Alum Claire Chang

Claire’s dream is to become a litigation attorney. “I enjoy real property, but at the end of the day I want to be in court. I love trial advocacy,” she says. “In the Children’s Rights Clinic I received experience as a child advocate, and was certified to appear before the court on behalf of our underprivileged clients. I received a favorable judgment in family court, and that really gave me confidence.”

Congratulations, Claire, on your two newest honors.

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