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“I don’t think I would’ve made it through the summer without this [scholarship],” said Andres Murguia.

In May, Murguia graduated from the University of Colorado Law School where he was Class of 2016 President. He received CLI’s Bar Exam Scholarship which helped him take the bar exam in July.

“I’m really thankful for this opportunity,” he said. His law professor SuSaNi Harris, a board member of CLI, recommended he apply for the scholarship.

A first generation student, Murguia received no financial support from his family or school. He knew he wanted to study law as an undergraduate major in history and political science, but he took a break from school for two years to work as a teacher. It was a close family friend, he said, who as an attorney counseled him on the value of a law degree.

Murguia didn’t wait for his bar exam results to start applying his degree. He started working as an entry level clerk for the Denver Immigration Court in September. He had interned for the Department of Justice at immigration courts in Denver, Aurora, and Kansas City in 2015.

He said that many of his family members are immigrants, including his parents from Mexico, but he became interested in immigration law due to his coursework in law school.

“In my current position, I get to make decisions that are really important to individuals, especially reuniting families,” he said. “It’s really great because I have the opportunity to help others.”

Now’s your opportunity. Help us help more students like Murguia by scheduling your Colorado Gives Day donation today. We have set a goal of doubling our impact on diverse law students through donations this December 6th.