Intrepid Dreamer


“In life, the biggest challenge is to overcome people who tell you that what you want to do is impossible. My family always pushed me to achieve my dreams and my parents are the living example that for every dream, there is a path to success.

My path to San Diego and law school was shaped by my desire to learn English. Born in a French family with no American connection, since childhood, I had the inner desire to learn English and travel the world. Raised in Paris and Brussels, I had the chance to enter an International School in ninth grade offering the opportunity for a native French speaker to master English within a year.

As a high school student, I participated in The Hague International Model United Nations, the world’s largest United Nations simulation for high school students. This experience started my passion for world politics and international relations. Being surrounded by children my age coming from all around the world was an amazing opportunity. I left high school with the hope of one day becoming a diplomat and working at the European Commission.

My journey continued at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. After graduating from its philosophy, politics and economics program, I realized that I wanted to pursue my studies. My mother, who had always been an incredible support to me, pushed me to go to law school in the United States, because she knew that living in this country was the reason I learned English in the first place. I am eternally grateful for her help, because she allowed me to fall in love with a profession and find what I wanted to do with my life.

I toured many law schools before visiting San Diego but none of them convinced me that I was making the right decision. When I first came to USD’s School of Law, I was invited to attend a torts class. Within 10 minutes, I was being asked by the professor to read a case to present it to the class. I knew where I was going to spend the next three years of my life.

Thinking about the last three years, I wonder how time passed by so fast. I was taught by brilliant professors and the school gifted me with a sense of legacy. One professor in particular helped me on this path to the law: Professor Roy Brooks. I spent countless hours in his office debating the underlying principles of seminal civil procedure cases, comparing the American legal system to the European legal systems and discussing international human rights law. He influences the life of each of his students by his unique teaching style and faith in the legal profession. I hope that one day I will be able to give to students what I received from him.

Next, my journey will take me to New York City where I will prepare for the New York and the Massachusetts bar. In my baggage, there will be amazing memories from my time at USD and the confidence that I have been well-prepared to become a successful attorney.

I now depart with new dreams: to have an impact on the world, be passionate about my job, build a family, teach future generations, write books, discover new people and new cultures, and continue to learn every day.”

— Camille Lucidi ’12, JD

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