3L Olivia Lattanza is enjoying law school and looking forward to a bright future.
Olivia became interested in learning about the law while pursuing her education at Boston College. While earning her undergraduate degree, she would include law electives in her schedule whenever she had the chance, including constitutional law, business law, and civil liberties. When the time came to consider post-graduation plans, she knew that continuing her passion for learning and her desire to continue legal studies would lead her to law school.
Now in her third year at Touro, Olivia is looking ahead to a future with a law degree – and the options are plentiful. She has experience, both in law school and in the field, to help her land her dream job. Olivia held a judicial internship at the Suffolk County Supreme Court after her first year of law school. Her counselor in the Career & Professional Development Office suggested that she apply for the job, thinking it would be a good fit for her. She landed the internship and values the time she spent there learning first-hand about the court system, witnessing her first trial, and gaining valuable skills from Justice William Ford.
After her second year, she interned at a Long Island law firm that specializes in education law, providing exposure to the workings of a law firm and a new area of practice to consider. Now, in her third and final year, she serves as a role model for fellow students. She is the Managing Editor of the Touro Law Review, student columnist for The Suffolk Lawyer, and a writing coach in the Writing Center.
Ann Nowak, Director of the Writing Center, calls Olivia "an invaluable asset to the Writing Center." Professor Nowak adds, "Not only did Olivia achieve a perfect score on the required writing test, but she excels as a writing coach. She serves as an example to other students in her ability to apply both creativity and focus in demystifying daunting concepts and accomplishing group goals.”
Olivia is looking forward to her final year of law school and a bright future. And, to balance a busy school schedule with her other responsibilities, she believes in staying focused and organized. “I love making lists and schedules for the things that I would like to accomplish for each week. That helps me stay organized and ensures that I will stay on track with my studying, assignments, and other school activities. At the same time, I make an effort to do the things that I enjoy in between studying. It’s important to take the time to engage in a hobby, even when school becomes busy.”
Olivia’s advice to prospective students is to keep an open mind, work hard and take advantage of all of the opportunities that are offered to you. She says, “Get to know the faculty, career advisors, and professors at Touro. Everyone is dedicated to student success and you will also form meaningful relationships.”