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News Posted on April 2, 2013

King Hall C.A.R.E.S. Matches Alumni Volunteers and Prospective Students

Law School recruitment is a highly competitive process, and in addition to information about rankings, bar passage rates, and LSAT scores, student applicants want to hear from King Hall alumni about what to expect if they choose UC Davis School of Law. That's why the King Hall C.A.R.E.S. (Committed to Assist Recruitment & Enrollment of Students) program, which connects alumni volunteers with prospective students, is critical to the Law School's ability to recruit the best and brightest.

C.A.R.E.S. volunteers help recruit admitted students to King Hall by speaking with them about their law school experiences, participating on panels, and attending functions sponsored by the Offices of Admissions and External Relations such as the "Open House" events for prospective or admitted students.

Lov Goel '10 volunteered for C.A.R.E.S. last year and was matched up with a prospective student who shared some aspects of his background.  Goel grew up in Mississippi as part of a large, extended family of immigrants from India.  He chose King Hall after careful consideration of which law schools offered the best chance of finding work as a patent litigator in Silicon Valley after graduation-a goal he has achieved as an associate at Kirkland & Ellis in Palo Alto. Goel was paired with Jon Dhanawade '15, a graduate of the University of Delaware and first-generation immigrant who was born in India and lived in Saudi Arabia before coming to the United States.

"His story is similar to mine, and that was a nice connection to have," said Goel.  "We talked about a lot of things, including the challenges involved in entering the legal job market in this economy. I was very frank with him, and he took the information I offered, digested it, and ultimately decided to come to Davis."

"Lov's input was instrumental in my choice to attend Davis," said Dhanawade, who is now serving an externship with Chief Judge Gregory M. Sleet of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. "He was honest, helpful, and informative. Lov was and still is a great mentor."

Goel said he has thoroughly enjoyed his experience as a C.A.R.E.S. volunteer.  "It's a nice way for me to be able to give back to the King Hall community, and a great way to become a mentor, which is a role I really enjoy."

King Hall alumni interested in volunteering for C.A.R.E.S. may participate in a variety of ways, ranging from contacting admitted applicants to attending admitted students receptions to acting as a panelist for the King Hall Outreach Program. If you would like to participate in the C.A.R.E.S. program, please complete the online CARES volunteer form. For more information on C.A.R.E.S., contact the Office of Admission at 530.752.6477 or send an e-mail to