Profiles: Diana Tarnopolskaya

Diana Tarnopolskaya

Diana Tarnopolskaya

JD 15


Why did you decide to go to law school?

I've wanted to become a lawyer since I was very young. My family worked so hard to provide for me since emigrating from the Ukraine. Therefore, I've always wanted to work in a profession where I could support them because they invested everything they had in my future. Besides, it never hurts to have a lawyer in the family.

Tell me something special or interesting about your law school experience.

It has been a rollercoaster. I always knew law school was going to be hard, but I did not expect to receive such low grades my first semester. I did everything I could the next semester to raise my GPA. I took Legal Analysis, worked with the Academic Development Program, went to every review session, went over all of my exams with my professors and learned to create my own effective outlines. I had to completely restructure my way of studying and it took a lot of hard work. My efforts ended up paying off and resulted in not only better grades, but getting on Dean's List.

What is your greatest source of motivation/support as you work towards your JD?

My family and my fiancé have been my greatest support. Every time an exam comes up, they are there to test my knowledge of the subjects. I'm always asked to explain the law (in plain English and Russian) and as we all know, when you can articulate the law to a non-lawyer, that's when you are truly prepared. A large part of my success comes from having such loving and caring people around me.

What is your favorite thing you do when you are not at law school?

Travel with my fiancé. We always have such amazing adventures on our travels and it's a constant reminder of why I'm working so hard -- so I can have the freedom to do more of the things I love in the future. Having a balanced life in law school is hard but very important.

What message/advice do you have for your fellow law students?

Take the time to evaluate if this profession is what you truly want. It's a huge investment, and you have to be ready to do everything in your power to come out on top. There is a long road ahead so never allow yourself to feel defeated -- just keep going. Use the resources available to you. Finally, make a promise to yourself and those supporting you; that you will do all you can to succeed.