Rima Khoury was born and raised in Aiea, Hawaii. She graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in tourism and travel services management and went on to earn her MBA from California State University (Dominguez Hills) in 1999.
Rima enjoyed a very successful career in sales. "I worked as an executive in a large sporting goods company. I ran their domestic and international sales. I was responsible for $150 million dollars in sales each year. I loved what I did, but at some point I was ready for a transition in my life."
She enrolled in Concord Law School in 2010. "I had always desired to go to law school ever since I got my bachelor's and had to take a business law class."
Rima was a mother of twins when she started at Concord. "I had another little one and so I had three little ones running around, and that was a full-time job for me. I had transitioned out of sales into family life and it felt like a lot of my time and effort was going into raising my young children. By going to Concord Law School, I was actually able to do both, which I never would have been able to do before."
Rima found Concord's curriculum to be rigorous, and managing school with her other responsibilities was tough. "It was hard for sure to do both. It just could not have been possible without Concord."
Rima found time to join Concord's Student Bar Association, serving as secretary for 2 years. "I also helped out with local events, and they were great opportunities to network. We do a few of them each year. And you really get the feeling that you're a part of a very strong community of students. The one thing that I found that was unique and special about Concord is that all the faculty and staff and professors want to see you succeed and give you the tools that you need in order to succeed."
Rima graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree from Concord Law School in 2014. "I loved my Concord experience. I mean, I really did embrace it. I was proud to be a part of Concord Law School."
She passed the California State Bar exam in 2015 and today works as a solo practitioner focusing on business law in southern California. She also does pro bono work with the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc., where she counsels indigent clients on the law and liabilities concerning landlord and tenant relations and drafting court documents.
"I'm challenged and oftentimes find myself far outside my comfort zone, and I love it. It's everything that I had hoped that it would be and it made all of the work up until this point worth it. Thank goodness Concord exists. Otherwise it would not have been possible for me at all."