Bibi Alli, ’21

Tell me about something you’ve participated in during your time here that has defined your Pace experience.

Coming from an immigrant family, I wanted to pursue a career that would allow me to help immigrant communities. Attending Pace played an integral part in bolstering my knowledge of Immigration Law and providing opportunities to gain real-world skills. I decided to take International Asylum and Comparative Refugee Law in my 2L year to gain a better understanding of the topic. I also wanted to build a better relationship with Professors in the field. I was at a point in my academic career, where I was unsure of how I wanted to practice Immigration Law. Communicating with my Professor, and later on, with alumni, made an impact on my goals for the future. 

What have you gotten out of that experience, and how do you expect that it will enable you to pursue your goals beyond Pace?

​Taking the asylum course led to a summer internship with a Pace alum, who was a solo practitioner in Immigration Law. Both the course and internship challenged me to think critically about immigration policies in the U.S. and other countries. It also allowed me to follow Supreme Court cases and write about the effects of the decisions for the public to read. Through these experiences, I found that I did not want to limit my career choices. Not only did I want to help people, but also I realized that I wanted to take on a role where I could challenge legislation and improve policies for people in my community. I also learned about having a solo practice, which is a career path I initially did not consider for myself.

Is there anything else you’d like to add about your time at Pace?

Looking ahead, I feel comfortable taking chances in my career and know that I have a support system at Pace. I plan to continue learning about Immigration Law when I join the Immigration Justice Clinic in my last year as a Pace student.