B.S., Western Michigan University
J.D., The University of Iowa College of Law
Ali served as Director and Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Arizona College of Law. There she directed the daily operations of the admissions and financial aid office. She evaluated thousands of admission applications and assessed candidates for scholarship awards. She collaborated with faculty and senior administrators by managing enrollment data, analyzing regional and national trends and advising on recruitment and class yield strategies. The most rewarding part of her job was helping prospective law students navigate their way through the admission process, and seeing those same students find passion and success as law students and eventual graduates.
Prior to her experience in law school admissions, Ali practiced law at Warner, Norcross & Judd, specializing in commercial real estate and business law. She directed all stages of large-scale, complex property transactions, including leading aspects of and performing legal work associated with a 400 million dollar mixed-use real estate development project. She was a member of the recruiting committee, where she evaluated candidates, made hiring decisions, co-developed new attorney training programs and mentored new attorneys.
Making full use of her law degree and passion for real estate, Ali launched a successful real estate brokerage firm, where she partnered with corporations in offering relocation services. She currently teaches introductory law classes at a local community center.
What I like most about being a Stratus Law School Admissions Counselor:
I love getting to know clients and helping identify their unique talents and characteristics. Personal statements are an amazing opportunity to showcase these qualities on the clients’ own terms. Personal statements can really set applications apart, in good or bad ways. It’s my pleasure to help brainstorm ideas and provide resources for self-examination and reflection. These tools help ensure personal statements reflect who the clients really are, rather than who they think the perfect law school candidate should be. Helping clients appreciate that their ordinary is more extraordinary than they think is so rewarding.
One piece of advice I would share with someone who is applying to law school:
Once you have an idea where you want to apply (after careful research and consideration), visit the schools in person, if possible. Get a tour and meet with students, available faculty, the career services center and the admissions office. You will be there for three years, so make sure you are comfortable with the culture. Stay loosely in touch with those you connected with during your visit, especially the admissions office. These connections and “reminders” of who you are can be really helpful when schools consider your application. Make sure your application reflects the information you have learned about the school and your personal connection to it. This is important not only for admission consideration but also for scholarship assessment.
3 Random Facts:
- I’m a certified yoga teacher, teaching several classes per week. I’m pretty sure that purposeful breathing is the key to sanity.
- I’m a Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster children. I volunteer to make sure foster children have a voice in court and that their best interests are always considered first.
- I love to travel – I’ve been to almost 20 countries in the last 10 years and hope to hit that mark by 2020 – 2 more countries to go! My favorite so far is India. The food, the people, the colors – absolutely magical.