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At Pace Law School, we know that the more you learn about our community, program, and students, the more confident you will feel that this is the right place for you to receive your legal education. We asked our Student Ambassadors to tell us about their experiences here at Pace Law School. Check out their answers, and feel free to contact any of our Student Ambassadors!
Catherine Peña '15
Hometown: Harlem, NY
Extracurriculars: volunteer at Pace Community Law Practice
Outside Interests: reading, baking, traveling
Favorite Television Show: How I Met Your Mother
Surprising Fact: I have 9 siblings and am close with all of them!
"I chose to come to Pace for its environment and culture. I went to a large university for my undergraduate education and was attracted by Pace's small class size and huge sense of community. I was particularly interested in the January Accelerated Program's intimate class size and collaborative environment."
Bianca Francois '15
Hometown: Long Island, NY
Undergrad: St. John's University
Extracurriculars: Secretary of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
Outside Interests: reading, going to concerts
Favorite Musical Artist: All Time Low
Surprising Fact: I still love watching Arthur whenever my schedule allows!
"I took a tour and the campus was gorgeous. Everyone was so nice and approachable. I also loved that it was still a New York City school without the hustle and bustle of Manhattan."
Amanda Ibrahim '15
Hometown: Tinton Falls, NJ
Undergrad: Rider University
Area of Law: Immigration
Outside Interests: reading, shopping
Favorite Movie: Sixteen Candles
Surprising Fact: I know how to bellydance!
"The reason I chose Pace was the January Accelerated Program. The idea of finishing law school in 2 1/2 years was amazing to me and fit my life plan."
Debbie Robbins '15
Hometown: Rosendale, NY
Undergrad: SUNY New Paltz
Area of Law: Estate Planning, Elder
Extracurriculars: Pace Law Review, SBA, PILSO
Outside Interests: politics, cooking, dancing
Favorite Movie: The Princess Bride
Kiersten Schramek '15
Hometown: Brewster, NY
Undergrad: Manhattanville College
Area of Law: Family, Criminal, Real Estate
Extracurriculars: Pace International Law Review, Jessup Moot Court Team, Moot Court Honor Board, Secretary of WALS
Outside Interests: reading, watching sports
Favorite Sports Teams: Yankees, Cowboys
Surprising Fact: I'm shy!
"I chose Pace for its reputation, prime location, and convenience, as well as for its challenging programs."
W. Paul Alvarez '16
Hometown: Pleasantville, NY
Undergrad: SUNY College at Oneonta
Area of Law: Immigration, Criminal
Extracurriculars: Latin American Law Students Association, Family Law Society
Outside Interests: soccer, kickball, movies
Favorite Sports Teams: Yankees, Giants, Rangers
Surprising Fact: I was born in Quito, Ecuador, and moved to the United States when I was 9 years old!
"I chose Pace because I grew up in Westchester, and White Plains is an amazing city. You can find so much to do here and are still only a 40-minute train ride from NYC. The Pace Law Admissions office was so friendly and very helpful."
Briana Costa '16
Hometown: Mahopac, NY
Undergrad: Johns Hopkins University
Area of Law: Environmental
Surprising Fact: plays piano & sings!
Outside Interests: reading, trying new restaurants, playing piano
Favorite Movie: Boondock Saints
"I chose Pace because it is #3 in the country for Environmental Law. In addition, everyone at Pace is very welcoming and willing to help you. I found this an amazing change from some of the other campuses I've been to."
Victoria Wagnerman '16
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Undergrad: Brooklyn College
Area of Law: Disability and Special Needs
Surprising Fact: used to work as a Disney princess for children's parties!
Outside Interests: cooking, movies, exercise, astronomy
Favorite Movie: Mean Girls
"I chose Pace because of the welcoming community and small school environment. Pace Law offers accessibility to professors and opportunity on an individual level."
Michael Chiaramonte '16
Hometown: Valley Cottage, NY
Undergrad: Fairfield University
Area of Law: Criminal Prosecution
Surprising Fact: volunteer coaches youth basketball & baseball teams!
Outside Interests: sports, movies, fiction novels, cooking
Favorite Movie: Shawshank Redemption
"I wanted a law school that would let me develop close relationships with both my colleagues and professors, as well as allow me to explore various areas of law. I also wanted to be at a school that would expose me to a great networking system. Being at the heart of the Tri-state area, Pace Law has provided me with all of these desires."
J. Justin Woods '16
Hometown: Lowell, MA
Undergrad: Green Mountain College
Extracurriculars: Environmental Law Society, Land Use & Sustainable Development Law Society, and 5 more
Area of Law: Environmental & Land Use, Labor & Employment, Civil Rights, Municipal Law & Public Administration
Surprising Fact: second child was born the second week of law school!
Outside Interests: rugby, ice hockey, skiing, white water rafting
Favorite Sports Teams: Boston teams
"Pace is consistently ranked as one of the top Environmental and Public Interest Law Schools in the country. I chose Pace because it provides an ideal location to access internships (and ultimately jobs!) at progressive organizations using the law in creative ways to advance political, social, environmental, and economic justice issues."