6 years later, I've finished undergrad and gone through grad school, and been working in esports full time since 2010. I founded NASL and left in late 2012 to pursue CSL full time. That has been a lot of fun and I definitely intend to continue it.
Anyway - point being. When I was in undergrad I took all of the law classes that UCSD offered (under the political science department), thought it was okay. Our professor was also a lawyer and professor at a law school. One of my thesis advisers was also previously a lawyer before deciding to get his PhD in political science. Both of them told me, "if you don't want to be a lawyer, don't go to law school." I didn't think I wanted to become a lawyer, but studying law was really intriguing to me, so I decided to goof around and study for the LSAT anyway. I studied a bit and signed up to take it summer of 2010. I had a panic attack midway through the test, I'm a notoriously horrible test taker, and I abruptly cancelled my score right at the test center. I moved to DC for grad school, came back to LA to do NASL and esports full time.
Fast forward to last year... I took a huge risk, personally, when I quit my job at NASL. At the time I was probably the highest paid employee there, I was the first person in that office and had built it literally from the ground up with Russell and those who came later. It was a hard decision to leave, but funnily enough, Azubu gave me a chance and serious funding to do a huge CSL season ($180,000 prize Azubu Collegiate Champions), but in order to do that I needed to put 100% of my energy into it. I took a huge gamble and left NASL to put all my energy into CSL. I also dropped all my other eSports projects (team LighT, SPG) to focus on my goal. CSL was (and still is) my dream and I figured that this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to be given a budget to do everything I wanted to do. I had saved enough money for the past 2 years that I figured I'd be okay.
Well, Azubu flamed out (and has since been rebranded, whatever), which wasn't entirely unexpected, and I've continued to do CSL. It is going quite well, we've basically broke even this year and I was able to run the league entirely off sponsorship money and haven't needed to put my own personal money into it, which I consider to be a huge accomplishment. It isn't generating enough money to pay myself or any other staff, but it's sustainable so I'm very happy. However, I have been unemployed now for over a year.
I realized that it's very difficult being several years removed from school without any 'real' experience. Now obviously NASL was a real company and the experience I got there was very real, and running CSL is a very real thing, but in terms of finding a specific job I don't have any specific experience. Working at small esports startups doesn't really lend itself to giving you specific experience. For example at NASL, I acted as a producer, a project manager, talent manager, logistics coordinator, ran operations, finance, and tournament administration. That's a lot of things.
My dad suggested I go back to school, that it serves essentially as a 'career reset button' which makes sense. The best time to find a job is right after leaving school, in many respects. My girlfriend moved to LA so I knew I wanted to stay in LA so I started thinking about law school again. Last summer I started studying for the LSAT again, and after I got back from a month in Turkey to visit my country, I took the test. I didn't have a panic attack this time.
I applied to one school only, Pepperdine. I think it's a pretty good school, I love the location, and my step-grandma went to law school there so I had some legacy points. There was some confusion with one of my rec letter writers who forgot to submit his rec letter and didn't get it in until almost a month after the application was due and I got put on the wait list. I just got an email saying I had been admitted. A 6 year journey of waffling back and forth about whether to go to law school or not has finally come to its end. I'm going to law school to start a new phase of my life, and thankfully my life will be government subsidized for 3 more years (and I won't spend my student loan money to host CSL LAN events this time).
I will continue running CSL, that's for certain. That dream is still very much alive and doing better than ever and I'm excited for the next year. I'm also excited to go back to school, life sucks when you're unemployed and it's stressful as fuck when you have no money, so now I'll have a way to keep busy while building for my future. Anywho I just wanted to share that since I've been talking about this whole journey on TL for the last 6 years.
Thanks for reading. Please give me all your chairs.