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Angela Hebberd JD '14

Attorney

Tell us about how your experiences at Cornell influenced your path. How did you come to live in Los Angeles and what you are doing now?

I am originally from LA, so my decision to return to LA was very natural and family-driven. I am currently working as a lawyer for a big firm in Downtown Los Angeles. 

How did Cornell help prepare you for your post-grad life?

I went to Cornell Law School, so I got my JD, which prepped me for a legal career. I thought Cornell did a good job of helping introduce law students to the real world of law and legal practice. I met many very helpful alums through the Law School's alumni network and gained a lot of useful tips and advice from the people in the network.

Tell us a favorite memory of your time at Cornell.

I went to Slope Day my last semester at Cornell. It was so nice to be outdoors and not have it be raining/snowing! The energy of the crowd was infectious, and I got lots of free food and goodies. It was very fun for me because it reminded me of being in college, when life was more easygoing and carefree than grad school was. 

Tell us a favorite memory shared with another Cornell alum in L.A.

My boyfriend is a Cornell alum, and I share many favorite moments and memories with him (cheesy but true). 

What advice would you give, personally and professionally related to your line of work, to Cornell grads looking to come to L.A.?

My biggest advice is to network, network, network in the LA area. Legal industry hiring is very regional. I had a difficult time trying to land a West Coast job while doing school on the East Coast. It may seem trite, but your jobs and career down the line often depend on whom you know; being a truly skilled lawyer is important, but in my opinion your network is even more important.