“It’s the ideal profession for me since I have the ability to help others, both individuals and organizations, while furthering a public good and intellectually challenging myself daily. I hope my work as a lawyer has a global influence and promotes justice throughout society,” says Harrisburg student Ami Patel of her desire to be a lawyer.
She came to Widener with an avid interest in business and the aspiration to become a corporate lawyer. That desire led her to Widener’s joint JD/MBA program
, and she has plans to apply to the MBA program in the near future. “Widener provides numerous activities and opportunities right at your fingertips,” she says, citing opportunities like the Summer Study Abroad programs
, as well as the variety of presentations and speakers offered on campus.
Ami spent a summer abroad studying in Australia, which she felt was a particularly valuable experience. “I have a background in international business and this was a great opportunity to incorporate both of my interests in business and law in one. I learned a great deal about the Australian system and the culture and hope to take what I learn at Widener back to Australia someday,” she says, adding, “While studying at the University of Technology in Sydney, I was published in a legal guide for postgraduate studies which is distributed to students throughout Australia. I highly suggest taking part in one of the study abroad programs, for it expands both educational and cultural perspectives.”
She also encourages people to get involved with the variety of student organizations that the school has to offer, saying, “This is my second year as a student representative for the Student Bar Association, and I have had the opportunity to meet alumni of the university as well as local attorneys. Getting involved with all the school has to offer is a great way to meet people.”
“Attending law school, especially at Widener, has proven to be a great decision,” Ami says, adding, “It’s a great school with remarkable professors. The professors and staff at Widener are truly one of a kind. They care about each and every student and their futures and are always there to discuss any issues or problems. This is one of the greatest things about being a part of a small school.”
“Law school is the beginning of your future so stay focused from day one,” Ami advises future law students. “Don’t let others discourage you and remember to network and keep a close relationship with both professors and classmates; you never know when you will need their help or run into them again in practice,” she concludes.