About Irakere: My parents and I immigrated to the United States from Mexico when I was 2 years old. As an undocumented immigrant, I wanted to go to law school because I wanted to get the tools that would help me fight smarter and think better so that I could advocate for the rights of the most vulnerable. I wanted to go to law school to protect my family and community, and give them, as well as myself, a voice. I want to work in the public interest field. In my free time, I like to read up on news and music, watch football and other sports, spend time with my friends and family, and occasionally get hooked on a TV series or two.
Previous Legal and/or Professional Experience: I was the Executive Assistant at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights in Chicago.
Why did you choose NIU Law? NIU Law was the only school that really provided me the one-on-one interaction that I was looking for. The director of admissions was very personable and made me feel welcome.
What activities are you involved in? I am the Vice President of the Latina/o Law Student Association (LLSA) and a member of the LLSA Moot Court team.
This interview was conducted in Fall 2013.
Graduation Year: 2015
University of Illnois at
Italian and Latino/a Studies