A Head Start
Pam Richardson earned her bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before embarking on a long and successful career in the hospitality industry.
"I actually ran hotels for many years. I worked in many places across the country overseeing a number of hotels. But I always sort of wanted to go to law school. So this was my opportunity."
Business That Makes Sense
With decades of business experience already in tow, Pam started to look at graduate school as an option to enhance her value in the marketplace. "I always thought law school would be interesting. It was like, okay, this might be a good fit. You know, here I have the opportunity to come with this business background, and then have this law degree."
Pam decided to enroll in Concord Law School in 2009.
A Balancing Act
While Pam had the idea to attend law school, the heavy responsibilities of her daily work almost stopped her. "Trying to figure how you go back to school while you're doing that is pretty tough. It was really with discovering Concord that I saw that there was an opportunity to do that and work around the hours that I had."
Knowledge to Complement Knowledge
It was the structure and style that Concord offered that enabled Pam to achieve the education she wanted. "I don't think anybody realizes going in how much work it's going to be, but how interesting it is, and it opens up your world to all sorts of different areas that maybe if you have been in a single career, in a single scope, you're not as aware of. So that was interesting."
Pam earned her law degree from Concord in 2014. Today, Pam is an attorney with a boutique law firm in San Diego that primarily represents homeowners associations.