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Second Shift: A law student with multiple ambitions

Diya Liu
Diya Liu, 26, is the editor-in-chief of Stylish Sophisticate, a fashion publicatio

We all know living in the city is expensive. How does the average person make it work? Our Second Shift series features people working more than one job or have a creative way of making money. This week, meet Diya, a third year law student who is also the editor-in-chief of an online magazine. If you want to be featured, email emily.laurence@metro.us.

Name:Diya Liu
Home:Brooklyn Heights
Lives with:Alone
Number of jobs:2

What is Stylish Sophisticate, the publication you are editor-in-chief of?

Stylish Sophisticate is a professional style fashion magazine. There are a lot of fashion magazines out there, but not a lot of them dedicate much time talking about how to put together an outfit that’s appropriate for corporate America. Our audience is young professionals and professionals who are already established in their careers and work in a field that requires a conservative dress code. We also feature successful professional females and ask about their career path, obstacles they’ve overcome and personal style. It’s really inspiring for someone like me who is just starting a professional career.

Right – you’re also a third year law student! How do you have time for both?

Being a law student is different from having a 9-to-5 job. I can do my work on the weekends or evenings. There’s not a specific time when I do one or the other; it’s all mixed together. The photo shoots for Stylish Sophisticate are always on the weekends since everyone else who works there has another job during the week too.

What about meetings? Do you mostly communicate through email?

Yes, we do a lot of emailing. We have a few team meetings in person and I communicate with everyone a lot on the phone.

Is there anything else you’re balancing?

I also work at Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic, doing pro-bono legal services for start-ups. I work on the patent team and it’s part of my law schooling.

Do you think you’ll still be able to work on Stylish Sophisticate when you are a full-time lawyer?

I do. At the beginning, I was doing almost everything on my own, but that’s not the case anymore because there are more people on the team. I think when I graduate in May that the team will be even larger.

Editing is a totally different mindset than focusing on law, so it must provide a nice break, too.

I don’t see my work for Stylish Sophisticate as a job. I see it as more of a hobby. I learn so much from the professional females I talk to. It’s really more fun than work.

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