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Student Profiles: Rebecca Bailey
Harrisburg student Rebecca Bailey found that the 4-year program offered her a path to a law degree.
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Instilling Confidence
AriasCarlaIILarge“The level of problem-solving and analysis that we have to use on a daily basis has had an effect on every big decision that I’ve made in my life since coming to law school,” says Harrisburg student Carla Arias, who praises her legal education for helping to instill a sense of self-confidence, saying, “When I’m faced with some sort of obstacle, I know that I can face it.”

As an undergraduate, Carla initially had an interest in medicine that led her to major in biology, but she eventually switched to political science after deciding that she did not want to go on to become a doctor. Her mother had gone to law school in the Dominican Republic, and Carla began looking into the possibility of attending law school herself.

“When I started looking into the law as a profession, I realized that a lot of the things that I liked about medicine – like the analytical skills – would apply to the law,” she says of what she discovered.

Carla has an interest in tort law, particularly personal injury or medical malpractice, but she concedes, “I do think I would enjoy criminal litigation as well.”

She came to Widener Law hoping to take some risks and become a more well-rounded person, and she feels that her experiences at Widener Law have helped her get there. Calling the process a “difficult journey,” she adds, “but I’ve developed a lot of confidence in myself.”

Beyond the classroom, Carla has found ways to get actively engaged within the law school community, participating in the Trial Advocacy Honor Society and serving on the Widener Journal of Law, Economics, and Race. She also helped start a Latin American Law Students Association on the Harrisburg campus and serves on the board of the organization.

“I don’t think I could have made a better choice,” Carla concludes of her decision to attend Widener Law before offering future students a bit of wisdom.

Encouraging active participation and engagement as the best way to learn, Carla advises, “Have faith in what you can accomplish. I have always done better when the only person I have competed with is myself.”