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Legal and/or Professional Experience: I currently work as a law clerk for Argento Law Group, a boutique law firm in Elgin, Illinois that practices in a variety of legal arenas, including civil litigation, criminal defense, nursing home malpractice, estate and business planning, probate law, and bankruptcy. My work as a law clerk allows me to experience hands-on some of the many aspects involved in the legal practice.
Over the summer, I was a Teaching Assistant for the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) Sophomore Summer Institute program, hosted by the NIU College of Law. I helped students to understand the materials taught in the mini legal courses, the style of legal writing, and the building blocks of legal analysis.
As an undergraduate, I had the privilege of working as a summer intern at South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a national not-for-profit organization aimed at fostering legal awareness and leadership in South Asian communities in the United States.
What activities are you involved in on campus? I am a research assistant to Professor Christopher T. Hines. Professor Hines researches issues surrounding the important intersection of corporate law and legal ethics. This position gives me the honor of working one-on-one with a passionate law professor, which has provided me with an amazing mentor and a role model in the legal profession.
I also serve on the Executive Board for the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. We host events such as a canned food drive, a textbook donation drive, and a noodle cook-off competition. I also served on the Executive Board for Street Law, which is a student organization aimed at encouraging awareness about the law. I had the privilege of going to a local high school with other members of the Executive Board and giving senior high school students a sense of basic principles of housing and criminal law.
What do you like most about being at NIU Law? I love many things about NIU Law, but a few things continue to blow me away. The kindness of our intimate community resonates with me still, three years later. If I could decide all over again, I’d pick NIU Law any day as my school of choice. The fact that faculty members actively mentor and guide students, in and outside of the classroom, astounds me. Another aspect of attending NIU Law that still amazes me is its diversity. As an Indian-American female interested in the law, I really wanted a school that would allow me to feel comfortable as a minority female in the law. I also wanted a school that paid attention to ensuring that its student body and faculty promoted diversity in the legal profession. NIU Law provides a welcoming space for law students of any background, especially given the fact that a large percentage of the faculty is comprised of minority professors. NIU Law not only welcomes students of various backgrounds, but it promotes dialogue in our community about difficult, but crucially important, issues relating to race, religion, sexual identity, and ethnicity. The diversity at NIU Law pushes me to think wider and beyond the box, to see “the big picture.”
This interview was conducted in Fall 2011.
Graduation Year: 2012
Undergraduate Institution: University of Michigan
Undergraduate Major: Comparative Literature (Spanish/English)