Motivated by the rising number of real estate developments in New York City, Barbara Blaszczyk 2L knew that she wanted to focus her legal education toward real estate law. During her spring semester field placement with Neptune Associates, Barbara gained practical experience in the field, something essential to every law student.
On securing a field placement: “I decided that an externship would be an incredible opportunity to gain practical experience, and thanks to Hofstra Law’s Office of Experiential Programs, it became a reality. My spring semester field placement with Neptune Associates went above and beyond my expectations.”
Real-world experience: “It has taught me not only the legal aspects relating to real estate transactions but also how a real estate management company operates. I had the opportunity to work under the supervision of a Hofstra Law alumnus. He provided me with the tools I needed to learn and understand the general concepts of real estate, and within just a few months, I learned how to analyze and draft lease agreements, lease renewals, purchase agreements and closing documents.”
Working with my supervising attorney: “He included me in a number of real estate projects and made sure to explain all of my assignments, along with incorporating practical implications in the day-to-day practice. Thanks to my position with Neptune, I was able to expand my knowledge not only of the law behind transactional real estate but also of the aspects of how to operate a business. This was an unforgettable experience, and it is knowledge that I would not have been able to attain without the field placement experience.”