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4 Hofstra Law Students Receive 2018 New York City Bar Diversity Fellowships

Photo of First-year Hofstra Law students (from left to right) Aaron Shubert, Kayla Scoccola, Amy Elsayed and Cadine Bramwell, recipients of a 2018 New York City Bar Diversity Fellowship

Four Hofstra Law students have been selected to participate in the New York City Bar’s 2018 Diversity Fellowship Program.

First-year students (left to right in photo) Aaron Shubert, Kayla Scoccola, Amy Elsayed and Cadine Bramwell will have the opportunity to spend their summer working at one of the participating law firms and corporate law departments.

The selection criteria for the fellowship were demanding. After completing a legal writing requirement, preparing a personal statement and being interviewed by a Hofstra Law screening committee, the students were then interviewed by a panel of attorneys and other school representatives, who reviewed the candidates’ undergraduate and law school transcripts, resumes, personal statements and legal writing samples. The students were able to clear all of these hurdles and receive an assignment from one of the participating employers.

Founded in 1991, the Diversity Fellowship Program provides first-year law students from underrepresented populations the chance to spend a summer in one of New York’s leading law firms and corporate/government law departments.

Hundreds of diverse and talented first-year law students from 11 New York City-area law schools have been given a rare and valuable opportunity to jump-start their careers in the law by spending their 1L summer at one of the outstanding participating law firms and corporate law departments. Hofstra Law has had 78 Diversity Fellows since the program’s inception.

Program alumni have achieved success at all levels of the professions, including as law firm partners, general counsels, assistant district attorneys, assistant attorneys general, entrepreneurs and executive directors.

About the Fellows

Cadine Bramwell

Summer Placement: Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

“The New York City Bar Diversity Fellowship is an excellent opportunity that opened the door me for me to spend my 1L summer in one of New York’s leading law firms. I am delighted that I was selected to join the Fried Frank’s 2018 summer associate program. I sincerely appreciate all those who took time to help me prepare for this rigorous process, especially the Office of Career Services and the former fellows.

Amy Elsayed

Summer Placement: Heidell, Pittoni, Murphy & Bach, LLP

“I am thrilled and humbled to have been selected as a New York City Bar Diversity Fellow. This fellowship gives qualifying students from historically underrepresented communities the opportunity to gain invaluable summer internship experience at top law firms and corporations. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work alongside talented attorneys in the tort and labor and employment law fields, and to be a part of a network that gives back to future generations. The Office of Career Services and former diversity fellows have offered a tremendous amount of support and guidance throughout this process, for which I am immensely appreciative. I am excited to share my summer experience with Hofstra Law students this upcoming fall!

Kayla Scoccola

Summer Placement: Prudential Financial, Inc.

“The New York City Bar Diversity Fellowship offers minorities, who are underrepresented in the legal profession, the opportunity to gain firsthand experience at top law firms and companies in New York City. The fellowship fosters a community of dedication and selflessness. Even after placements were given, the former fellows were excited to offer any guidance. Although the application process is demanding, the process culminates with strong relationships and invaluable legal experience. I am grateful to be a part of such a devoted community, and I look forward to the in-house legal experience that I will gain this summer.

Aaron Shubert

Summer Placement: The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation

“I am incredibly honored to have been selected for the New York City Bar Diversity Fellowship. The Office of Career Services and prior fellows were extremely helpful throughout every step of the process, and I could not be more grateful. I cannot wait to experience all that my summer position with Bank of New York Mellon has to offer. I also look forward to the day that I will be able to help prepare the next set of candidates for the fellowship program so as to give back to the program that has given such an incredible opportunity to me.”

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