Meet our Students
William Chalmers '20
Prosecutors have a unique opportunity to create a more positive relationship between the communities they serve and the justice system. I want to be a prosecutor because there needs to be more Black faces and Black experiences in that position. It is my belief that if you have the power to prosecute people then you have the responsibility to be able to identify with them. God willing, I will serve the people of Essex County as a prosecutor, which includes my hometown, Newark. Not only will I be able to identify with Newark’s citizens, they will be able to identify with me.
Melissa Walker '20
Diversity bridges the socioeconomic gap by connecting people of different backgrounds. Inclusion is meant to broaden the definition of “similarity”. Inclusion shifts the focus from acknowledging basic differences, to addressing inequities and making an effort to create a more just community. Seton Hall has given me the opportunity to create meaningful relationships with people around the globe, where we work together to create the community we want. I want to make my experience the norm at Seton Hall Law.
James Catania '19
I’m grateful my past experiences as an officer in the USAF and employee of the White House helped me to recognize what an incredible institution Seton Hall Law is. Under the guidance of Dean Boozang and her “one student at a time” approach, I know I am supported on my own path to a career that will directly impact people’s lives. This school has prepared me to tackle the critical legal and societal challenges that need the strength and skill a Seton Hall Lawyer brings to bear.
Tatiana Laing '20
Before law school, I participated in service projects on a both small and large scales. But I kept running into questions that I couldn’t answer and problems that I couldn’t solve. People whose circumstances I couldn’t change. But in the short time that I’ve been in law school, I’ve already felt empowered to make a difference in a new way. I hope to be the kind of lawyer that advocates for individuals, but who also can bring a community together to face injustice. I believe that this law school will help me do just that.
Stevie Haire '20
It bothers me when I see people go quiet in conversation where they may not agree with what's being said. Silently they nod along so as not to cause a conflict. For me, Seton Hall has been a very welcome change from this dynamic. Even though I do not agree with all the views I hear other students voice, every one of them seems perpetually willing to engage in a discussion. This kind of communication is, I believe, the first step in working toward a more equitable and inclusive environment in the legal profession.
Dalvin Adebiyi '18
I know firsthand what it is like to feel like your voice has not been heard and your thoughts and feelings are constantly drowned by the chorus around you. But at Seton Hall Law, being different means something else. Diversity and Inclusion is more than a fashionable phrase at Seton Hall Law; every day, the administration and faculty strive to make the law school a more inclusive citadel of learning, where diversity is seen as an asset – not an encumbrance.
Hafsa Mansoor '20
I chose to attend law school because I believe the law is both the ultimate tool and the ultimate obstacle of social justice. I want to dedicate myself to using the law to dismantle structural violence, empower the silenced, and restore dignity to the marginalized. Seton Hall’s profound commitment to public interest law immediately felt like home to me. Being a Seton Hall lawyer will arm me with the knowledge, experience, and connections to fight to make the justice system just.
Elianni De La Cruz '20
The best part about attending Seton Hall law is knowing that the school is truly dedicated to serving "one student at a time." The faculty is committed to your success from your first day of class. Professors are more than willing to encourage your academic growth and everyone is dedicated to becoming familiar with who you are and your involvement in the Seton Hall community. It's a great place to grow as a professional when you know you can rely on dedicated faculty to support you.
Tamryn Valenzuela '21
I was apprehensive going back to school after almost 20 years, and being the first in my family to pursue an advanced degree I felt very alone with my fears. The culture at Seton Hall Law is so welcoming and supportive - you can feel the positive thoughts and energy buzzing around you, willing you to succeed. Within the first few weeks I was confident that I had everything I needed right here to get me through the challenges of law school and lay a solid foundation to build a career – including a new family of colleagues.
Darran St. Ange '19
Seton Hall Law School has been nothing short of a pleasant surprise. Coming into law school I remember reading and listening to many horror stories about what the path of a law student entails. The Seton Hall Law Experience has dispelled all those notions and has set the bar for creating a law school environment that is conducive to learning. The student body is comprised of individuals who are dedicated to learning the law but also creating lasting relationships which will allow them to thrive in school and ultimately the legal workplace.
Mai Hamid '20
When weighing my options for law school I was impressed by Seton Hall Law’s well-connected alumni network, and the school's proximity to major legal players. On a personal level, I get a comforting feeling knowing that this school is deeply invested in its students’ success, and I truly see that each and every day. Every door is open to help you, and the overarching principle of being an honest and loyal professional, we are taught, crafts more than just lawyers, it crafts a Seton Hall Law family.
Angela Cooper '19
The best part of the Seton Hall Law experience are the opportunities for hands-on, real experience and skill-based learning. The academic curriculum is based not merely around the bar exam, but around having the skills needed to actually practice law. Professors here do not simply lecture on a subject matter or legal principle -they raise the bar both in intellectual and practical conversations. They assign work that matters and attempt to keep it relevant to the current status of the law and society.