Cafecito Time Session 12: Law or Grad School?

I met with Deshani Florance, founder of GradAchieve, to discuss why or why not you should seek higher education after your bachelor's degree, choosing between attending law or graduate school, what requirements to have or not to have when applying to the school of your choice, and much more! 

 

About Our Guest: 

 

Deshani Florance Senewiratne, Esq. graduated from the University of California Irvine School of Law, with honors, and is licensed to practice law in California. Deshani is the founder of GradAchieve LLC, a premier consulting service for prospective and current graduate students, providing one-on-one guidance through the entire graduate school application process. 
 
With a Master of Arts, Juris Doctor, and 12 years as an experienced tutor, Deshani has assisted many students in various subjects.  As a first-generation college student, she received her B.A. in Political Science, with honors, from the University of California, Irvine, and was the first person in her family to attain a Juris Doctor. 
 
During law school, Deshani had the rewarding experience of serving as a judicial extern at the United States District Court for the Central District of California. She also worked as an extern at the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, where she was responsible for her caseload, which included arguing motions and entering decisions and stipulations before judges in the U.S. Tax Court. Deshani is currently serving as a judicial clerk for a federal judge, and she will continue to work in the federal judiciary as a clerk for another federal judge. 
 
Deshani was a teacher in Philadelphia, and during this time, she received her Master of Arts in Education from the University of Pennsylvania.  As a teacher, tutor, and a practicing attorney, Deshani has developed a keen appreciation for the power of the written word and for the demands of the deadline. 
 
Deshani stays active with the local bar associations and alumni network and is passionate about increasing minority representation in higher education. She has served as a mentor to young students and professionals for much of her life.