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UH Law Center alumna Elva Wang '16 embraces business and legal aspects of managing immigration practice

Elva Wang ‘16

Elva Wang ‘16

May 20, 2020 – Since establishing her own law firm, Elva Wang has expanded her knowledge across a number of disciplines to better understand the needs of her clients.

"It makes me excited that I work not only as an attorney but also as an entrepreneur," said Wang, a 2016 University of Houston Law Center graduate. "I enjoy personalizing case strategies for my clients as an attorney. Meanwhile, I actively engage in business development as a law firm owner."

"I have benefited a lot from looking at things from different perspectives, as a businesswoman, an attorney, and a team player."

Wang is the founding attorney of Law Office of Elva Wang PLLC. One of her firm's services is to file employment-based immigration petitions for people with exceptional ability in their professional fields.

"Many of my clients are outstanding scientists," Wang said. "To better understand their domain knowledge, I have teamed up with professors and top scientists who have Ph.D. degrees in science and technology."

"From helping many clients file their petitions, I not only sharpened my legal skills, but also learned a lot of cutting-edge knowledge of sciences, which further made my communication with clients more efficient."

After graduating from high school in Beijing, Wang came to the U.S. to pursue her undergraduate degree in Economics at Boston University. When learning of her post-graduate options, the intellectual challenge of attending law school appealed to her.

"I heard that J.D. is one of the most difficult degrees to obtain, and it's even more so for a foreigner," Wang said. "I always like challenges, which made me start thinking about going to law school."

While still at Boston University, Wang received an opportunity to explore the legal world. She interned at a global law firm, the Dacheng Law Offices, which has since merged with Dentons.

"I was honored to intern at the Dacheng Law Offices, one of the largest law firms in the world at the time," Wang said. "That was the first time I found myself very interested in working in legal areas. From then on I confirmed my wish on pursuing a career in law."

She was drawn to the Law Center because of the vast opportunities the area and legal industry presents.

"Houston is one of the largest legal markets in the U.S. In Houston, the UH Law Center is the best law school," Wang said.

Wang credits the Law Center for making her a versatile and resilient legal practitioner.

"The training from the Law Center taught me to always improve myself and embrace challenges and changes," Wang said. "Challenges are great opportunities to grow. My firm is always ready to take on challenges and open to suggestions, which I believe is the core competency that leads to the success."