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Genavieve Shingle 2012
In the Action
On Campus and in the Field
After college at Penn State, while working in an unsatisfying business job in New York City, I attended a law school panel for prospective students. I had always wanted a job where I could help people, and studying criminal law appealed to me. I had never heard of Pace, but the student rep really impressed me. I visited the beautiful campus, and loved the dual city and suburban feel.
As a varsity gymnast, I never had a chance to participate in anything else during high school or college, but within four days of coming here, I made sure I was very involved. The experiences at Pace Law School so far have been extremely rewarding, and because of it, I’ve made lifelong friends.
Since Pace Law is such a small, tight-knit community, everyone – students and professors – are so willing to help because they really want the best for you.
About the photo . . . This summer, I interned at the legal department of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) which was the inspiration for the CBS-TV hit, “NCIS.”. I’m very interested in counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism, which is what I love about the show and was part of the appeal of the internship. During the summer program, NCIS had several intern activity groups, which included a day at the gun range and tactical entry training with the federal agents.
On a more academic note, this fall I was selected to be on the Willem C. Vis (“Vis”) Moot Court Team and will be competing in Vienna in April. I’m really looking forward to my schedule this year because I am able to tailor my course load to further my interests, and, at the same time, explore other areas of law. Since I have a passion for criminal law, when I graduate, I hope to become a prosecutor.
My advice to anyone contemplating law school is to make sure this is what you really want. It is true that law school is a lot of work, but it is fun when you are surrounded by people at the same intellectual level who are going through all the same struggles, and working toward a common goal. You are provided not only with the opportunity to learn about different types of law, but also the chance to learn a lot about yourself as an individual and as a future lawyer. Don’t look at it as a daunting task, but as a new journey and adventure.”