SAN DIEGO (CN) - The woman who filed a landmark lawsuit against Thomas Jefferson School of Law because she's never been able to land a job in the legal field got teary-eyed Wednesday, recalling her upbringing and struggles to pay for school.
Anna Alaburda was called to the witness stand by her attorney Brian Procel to recount her path to law school and the subsequent struggles she claims she's experienced in finding full-time employment utilizing her law degree.
The law school graduate is originally from Northern California but grew up in Connecticut.
Alaburda fought back tears as she told the jury about being raised by a single mother who was a secretary and having to work full-time while attending New York University in order to afford college. She testified she had to take a couple of semesters off because she couldn't afford the costs of going to school and needed to work to save up money.
Alaburda said she graduated from NYU in 2002 and landed a job that fall at the LA County Hospital working for the University of Southern California. Three years into her job at USC, Alaburda said she did a "cost-benefit" analysis while weighing graduate school options in fields including journalism and art history before eventually settling on applying to law school.
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