What is your current job title and how long have you been with your current employer?
First-Year Student at Suffolk University Law School
What was your major/degree(s) at Springfield College?
Bachelors of Science in Psychology, Minors in Criminal Justice and Social Justice
Reflecting on your education at Springfield College, what would you cite as the most impactful experience?
The ability to create my own type of program to prepare me for law school, with many different course offerings and great advisors.
How did the Career Center assist in your transition from being a student to a professional in the workplace?
The Career Center was instrumental in my entire undergraduate, and even professional school career. I still contact Mr. Dranka with questions about resume formatting and what I really should be including in a cover letter. During my time at Springfield College I used the Career Center every semester to touch up my resume, and to prepare my cover letters for internships and even scholarship opportunities. I also spent much of senior year in the Career Center preparing my personal statements for each individual law school I applied to, as well as tailoring my resume to the preferences of each school. The Career Center helped me immensely with these and many other aspects of continuing my education and gaining the experience I needed to get me to the next step in my career goals.
What advice would you give to recent alumni or current students who aspire to follow a similar career path?
For those looking to go to Law School, I would say get into as many Psychology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice practice area classes as possible. This has proven to help me really understand the concepts I’m currently studying, and allowed for me to be better prepared than some of my other current classmates to be ready to work with the public. Always take any opportunities for internships in the field that come your way, your networking and connections will really prove to be a huge stepping stone later on.
What would you say to a student who is considering a career in law?
Stick with your passions, while in order to pass the bar exam you have to know many areas of law, and you really will put them all to use in your career, you’re going to do best in what you’re passionate about. Doing what you love will never make your job “work”.
Please define you career path and future aspirations?
I am currently a first-year law student at Suffolk University Law School. I will be interning in the Appeal Unit of Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office this upcoming summer. I will be studying in the Trial and Appellate Advocacy program at Suffolk Law, and plan to become a prosecutor. My career focus is that of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Family Law, in the criminal sector. However, I will be prosecuting many other areas of criminal law as well.