This past fall semester, I was blessed to be one of three Villanova criminology majors to attend the Annual Black Pre-Law Conference at Columbia University in New York City with financial support from the Department of Sociology and Criminology. It was by far one of the best experiences of my life because I was able to network with many lawyers, deans, and other aspiring attorneys within the black community. It has motivated me to work as hard as I can to achieve my dream of becoming a criminal lawyer.
As a Criminology and Sociology double major, the courses I have had the opportunity to take have been both interesting and valuable to my future goals allowing me to gain a wider perspective on the law and on the criminal justice system as a whole. Some of the courses I have taken including Juvenile Delinquency, Sociology of Law, Punishment and Society, and Sociology of Race and Racism have forced me to think critically and see the systematic biases that are present within the system and the effects they have on particular groups within society.
I am currently interning with Judge Jacquelyn Frazier-Lyde at the Philadelphia Municipal Court-Criminal District where I observe cases and take notes. I also interact with all players in the court room including the attorneys, police liaison, court officer, clerk, and stenographer. After graduation, I plan on attending law school. I am very grateful for every opportunity that Villanova and the department have provided me, including the amazing professors who believe in and support me in accomplishing my future goals.