Shireen L. Mahdavi

Shireen Laily


Westlake Village, California

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I attended the University of California, Irvine and received my BA in Psychology and Social Behavior in June 2019.

I attended the University of California, Los Angeles and received my Paralegal Certificate in June 2020.

I attended Southwestern Law School and received my Juris Doctorate in May 2022. I participated in the SCALE program, which is the longest-running two-year accelerated J.D. program in the country.

The SCALE program focuses on integrating substantive knowledge and professional skills instruction to allow students to obtain more practical skills training in legal education.

I was admitted to the California State Bar in November 2022.

Growing up, I got to witness my mom as a practicing family law attorney and eventually, a family law firm owner. Having the opportunity to witness this first-hand immediately piqued my interest in family law at an early age. I knew I wanted to be able to assist people through what can be one of the most emotionally grueling times in their lives. I enrolled in La Reina Middle and High School and attended from 7th to 12th grade. As the school placed a heavy emphasis on critical thinking, reading, and writing, I was able to begin developing and honing in on skills critical to being an effective advocate for individuals. I participated in Speech and Debate throughout my time at La Reina to allow me to further develop my communication skills. At the age of 16, I had the opportunity to be able to begin working in my mom’s family law firm as a receptionist and office assistant. Experiencing this work environment, further solidified my interest in pursuing family law as a career.

Upon graduating high school, I moved to Orange County to pursue a degree in Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. My concentration allowed me to learn detailed insight into human behavior and interactions to be able to better understand people and their needs. I had the opportunity to participate in field study at the Blind Children’s Learning Center in Santa Ana which further fostered my desire to pursue family law and to be able to have a child-centered approach to resolution in a family law case. I found myself most passionate about the issue of domestic violence, and had the opportunity to be able to participate in extensive research and write on the issue. This only made me more sure of my desire to become a family law attorney and be able to advocate for people who have gone through similar experiences.

After graduating from college, I returned back to Ventura County and resumed working in my mom’s family law firm full-time with greater responsibilities. However, I wanted to be able to have more of an impact, so I decided to attend Paralegal school at the University of California, Los Angeles. During my time there, my passion for family law only grew and immediately upon receiving my Paralegal Certificate, I began law school.

Excited to be so close to accomplishing my life-long dream of becoming a family law attorney, I decided to enroll in the SCALE Program at Southwestern Law School. This allowed me the opportunity to be able to complete law school in two years, rather than three or four years, while still completing the same amount of hours of lectures and assignments just in a condensed period. The program’s focus was to provide practical learning experience. In my time at school, I got to intern at the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law in Los Angeles. In my time there I was able to do initial consultations with clients and work with clients on matters throughout their case. I also had the opportunity to be a law clerk for Judge Amy Pellman, the supervising family law judge of Los Angeles County. This experience was an invaluable opportunity that allowed me to spend extensive time learning in the courtroom, as well as learning from judges and other court staff. In my studies at Southwestern Law School, I received the top grade in my class in both family law courses I took, as well as my legal ethics course.

After I took the California State Bar, I returned to working full-time at the Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi and have been grateful to have the opportunity to serve our clients and assist them through this difficult process.

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  • Southwestern Law School SCALE 2-Year Accelerated Program, J.D. 2022
  • UCLA Extension, Paralegal Certificate 2020
  • University of California, Irvine, B.S. Psychology & Social Behavior 2019
  • La Reina High School 2015

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