Ask the Grad: Class of 2016

Villanova University Charles Widger School is pleased to celebrate the graduates of the Class of 2016. This impressive group of students—poised for success—joins a tight-knit community of more than 10,000 Villanova Lawyers.

Before they embark on their next big adventure, we asked members of the Class of 2016 to share more about their Villanova Law experience.

Ian and Steve

Steve Bertil ’16

What are you going to miss most about law school?

“What I am going to miss most about this school are the relationships that I have built with the faculty. I am blessed to be able to say that I have faculty who I consider a mentor and have helped shaped my experience as a law student. I will also miss working with PIFP and the Pro Bono Society—both of these organizations will always have a place in my heart.”

 

What advice would you give the incoming Villanova Law class of 2019?

“Explore as many opportunities as you can. Although law school is three years it can fly by. Maximize the experience you have here by participating in all that law school has to offer beyond the classroom.”

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Harini Bupathi ’16

What are you going to miss most about law school?

“I think the one thing I will miss the most about law school is the sense of community on a daily basis.  Coming from a very large undergraduate institution, I never thought I would like a smaller setting. However, these past three years have been wonderful. While I might have felt like I was back in high school with our communal lunch time and lockers, it has been great to interact closely with so many people. I will most definitely miss being around so many people who share the same passion (and sometimes, struggles).”

 

What are you most excited about after graduation?

“I have been in school for twenty years, and I hardly know what life is like outside of it. I am very excited to see what new experiences and adventures my legal career will bring.”

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Katherine Del Raso '12 CLAS ’16 VLS

What are you going to miss most about law school?

“The faculty and staff, as well as seeing the friends I have made over the last three years every day. Also, the occasional run-in with our now NCAA championship basketball team in the Law School cafeteria.”

 

What are you most excited about after graduation?

“Not having to do homework on the weekends.”

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Azadeh Erfani '16

What are you going to miss least about law school?

“I won't miss the stress of finals! It is challenging to have your entire grade depend on how you do during three hours at the end of the semester. That said, we all learn coping skills, and comparatively the stress of finals is manageable to having actual client cases.”

 

What is your most memorable experience from Villanova Law?

“My most memorable experience was spending my last semester doing an externship in Washington D.C., where I had the opportunity to represent indigent immigrants in detention. I learned so much from this experience, both in oral and written advocacy and in direct representation. I wholeheartedly recommend taking risks and putting yourself out there to learn directly from practitioners while you can—we have a small window to do that before we become lawyers!”

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Meghan Farley '12 CLAS '16 VLS

What are you most excited about after graduation?

“I'm excited to start making a difference in the world. I feel like I've learned so much in the past three years, it's time to actually do something with all that knowledge.”

 

What advice would you give the incoming Villanova Law class of 2019?

“My advice is to remember what your personal goals are, and remember why you came to law school in the first place. Maybe even write it down on a sticky note and stick it to the wall in your room. It's extremely easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing and what everyone else wants. You will want to remember who you are and what you want to get out of law school. Don't forget about your dreams.”

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Natasha Felder '16

What are you going to miss most about law school?

“I am going to miss being in an environment where you are intellectually challenged on a daily basis.”

 

What are you most excited about after graduation?

“I am excited about studying for the bar exam. It may be odd to say but studying for the bar is going to be a constant reminder of all of the work I did in law school to get there. I am also very excited about applying what I learned in Law School to my very important work with the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Program as a 2016 Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellow.”

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Ian Forster '16

What are you going to miss most about law school?

“I will miss the camaraderie. Law school was not always fun, but we were in it together. I learned as much discussing the law and struggling through various finals periods with my classmates as I did in class. That is a testament to Villanova Law students.”

 

What advice would you give the incoming Villanova Law class of 2019?

“Be present and have presence. Villanova Law has the support in place so that a student will succeed but it’s up to the student to use it the right way.”

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Abel Garza '16

What are you going to miss most about law school?

“The friends I made along the way who I consider family.”

 

What are you most excited about after graduation?

“Knowing that all the hard work I invested is about to pay off.”

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Caroline Goldstein '16

What is your most memorable experience from Villanova Law?

“My most memorable experience was successfully completing two of my cases in the Federal Tax Clinic.  I had worked on both for almost a year, and the clients were so happy and appreciative that we got the outcome we wanted. I’ll never forget that feeling of helping my first clients.”

 

What are you most excited about after graduation? 

“I’m most excited about putting everything I’ve learned to use when I start my job as a prosecutor in Montgomery County.”

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Jacquelyn Herder '16

What are you going to miss most about law school?

“I will truly miss being a student—it is a unique experience to be surrounded by like-minded individuals who are also incredibly smart. Every day was a challenge, and every day I learned something new.”

 

What are you most excited about after graduation?

“I am excited to be a lawyer. This is something I have always wanted to do, and I am really proud and excited to be doing exactly what I always dreamed of doing.”

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Farzana Islam '16

What is your most memorable experience from Villanova Law?

“My most memorable experience is competing at Nationals for trial advocacy my second year. I was fortunate enough to work with some very talented individuals and experiencing New Orleans with them will always be one of my favorite memories.”

 

What advice would you give the incoming Villanova Law class of 2019?

“If you like writing, do a journal. If you like oral advocacy, do moot court or trial team. If you want to work with people who need your help, do a clinic. There is something for everyone here, and I am sure you'll find what you're good at.”

Christopher Brolley ’16

What are you going to miss most about law school?

“I am going to miss sitting in the Commons and saying hello to the professors, support staff and dining services that walk through every day.”

 

What is your most memorable experience from Villanova Law?

“My most memorable experience from Villanova Law was being on Moot Court and placing second in the Baltimore Regional competition, winning Best Brief and advancing to Nationals in New York City during my 3L year.”

If you're a 2016 Villanova Law graduate and want to share your experience, please email vlscommunication@law.villanova.edu.