Grace Calderon is a 3L LEO student. She has had two in-house legal experiences, one
at Suburban Propane during her 1L summer and one at Reckitt Benckiser LLC during her
2L summer. Grace has also worked as a judicial intern for The Honorable Stephen L.
Petrillo, Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex County, Special Civil Part, and as a
Research Fellow for the Center for Policy and Research at Seton Hall Law.
What made you decide to go to law school?
I knew I wanted to go to law school since 7th grade. It has been a life goal to be
able to graduate law school and work in a profession where you really can make a difference.
What have you enjoyed most about your law school experience thus far?
I’ve enjoyed the challenge law school has been and the amazing people I have met.
Law school is not easy but it’s a privilege to be able to be on this journey and to
have people around you who are supporting your success.
Can you talk a little about your work at Suburban Propane in your 1L summer? How did
you find that job?
I feel like I had the perfect 1L summer internship that I was able to get through
Spring Recruitment. What I loved about interning with Suburban Propane's legal department
was working on various areas of the law. It was a great work environment, and all
the lawyers were well-experienced. I did a lot of research regarding real estate and
contract law and worked on whatever the lawyers needed assistance with. I loved that
every week I basically worked on something new.
Can you explain a bit about the work that you did at Reckitt this past summer and
what that experience was like?
Even though this was my second in-house legal department internship, it was completely
different and just as beneficial in my legal career. I was able to learn new areas
of the law that I would not have learned in law school. My work consisted of doing
research for new company product launches, which included new-to-market advertising
claims. I also assisted with drafting confidential agreements that included contracts
and litigation matters. I got the chance to review Federal Trade Commission Influencer
Guidelines that have been updated to provide additional information to companies utilizing
influencers for marketing campaigns.
What advice do you have for your fellow 1L/2L LEO Students regarding their job searches?
Networking really is vital! Go to the events at school and be a part of different
Bar Associations. Also, sometimes great job opportunities come up towards the end
of the semester so, if you feel like you haven't received a good fit, don't settle.
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
I hope to be somewhere where I’m constantly being challenged and growing in my legal
expertise. My hope is also to be able to give back and be a resource for others who
have the opportunity to go to law school.