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A Profile of LL.M. Student Isatou Jallow: Legal Education and a Life Transformed

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Isatou Jallow is a foreign-trained attorney from Gambia, Africa, and a current LL.M. student in the Sustainable International Development (SID) program at the University of Washington School of Law. Recently, I had the privilege of sitting down with Isatou to hear her story about her path to the legal profession, her work as a disability and women’s rights advocate, and her own struggles with homelessness, displacement, and disability.

As a degreed lawyer and now LL.M. student, Isatou represents a growing trend in graduate legal education — once she earns her degree at the University of Washington in December 2016, she will be eligible to sit for the Washington State Bar Exam and become a licensed attorney in our state. Washington’s legal community is changing and expanding in ways that enhance the diversity of our profession and provide new opportunities for service, thanks to recent amendments to APR 3 (Applicants for Admission to Practice Law).