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Young Alumni Profiles: Courtney Calabrese
Delaware campus graduate Courtney Calabrese laid the groundwork for a successful legal career during her time in law school.
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The Practical Aspects of Practice
CirrinicioneLaurenNEWLarge“Widener Law helped prepare me for a career by providing access to some of the best instructors and trial lawyers in the area, and around the country. At Widener, I was given the opportunity to learn the practical aspects of the practice,” says Lauren Pisapia Cirrincione ’07, an associate at Murphy & Landon, P.A. in Wilmington, Delaware.

While at Widener, Lauren studied for both a Juris Doctor and a Masters of Business Administration through the dual degree program. “The focus on business in conjunction with the law degree challenged me to view the law and its unique issues through a different set of lenses and focus on efficiency in my law practice,” she observes.

Lauren graduated cum laude in 2007 and went on to serve a one-year clerkship in the New Jersey Superior Court. “It was a wonderful experience that allowed me to really learn the court system and to become comfortable with being in a courtroom,” she says of the clerkship.

While her clerkship offered her valuable experience, Lauren notes that it built upon the practical foundation she achieved in law school, saying, “At Widener, I had participated in the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, had the opportunity to learn from many of the best trial attorneys in the country, and had an opportunity to improve my writing skills on the Widener Law Review, so that by the time I began my first job, I was confident enough to know that if I didn’t have the ‘know how,’ that I was capable of learning it.”

Lauren currently practices in a variety of areas, including personal injury, medical negligence, insurance coverage, and property damage claims. “I am in a unique position to be able to both pursue and defend claims in many of these practice areas,” she says, noting that she enjoys the unpredictability of such a diverse practice.

In addition to her husband, fellow Widener Law graduate John Cirrincione, Lauren stays in touch with many of her Widener Law classmates. “We also have a pretty close group of friends that we continue to keep in touch with and try to get together a few times each year,” she remarks, adding, “It’s funny, everyone has moved on to become experienced prosecutors, negotiators, trial attorneys – some owning their own practices and others working for prestigious firms – but when we get together, inevitably we talk about and share old stories from our days at Widener.”

Lauren advises both current and prospective law students to take advantage of the different trial advocacy programs available at Widener Law, saying, “The skills are important and useful in all areas of legal practice and life in general.” She also suggests that students “take advantage of the variety of clubs, programs, internships, and clinics available to students to learn about the practice of law, the business of law and how to work with clients."