Ella Gaspar ’22 will work as a project assistant/paralegal with Proskauer Rose LLP in New York after graduation.
Did you come to Hamilton knowing that you would eventually pursue a career in law?
I know I’ve wanted to do law since I attended debate camp in seventh grade. I know, it sounds kind of cheesy, but I fell in love with the high intensity environment and the adrenaline rush that comes with tense situations and arguments.
What attracted you to this opportunity?
I was interested in Proskauer because of its reputation for collaborative and immersive work, emphasis on pro bono cases, and supportive work environment.
What courses in Hamilton helped prepare you for this path?
In terms of thinking in a legal mindset, constitutional law has been extremely helpful in preparing me to pursue law school. The course gave me a better understanding of the Supreme Court and reaffirmed my passion for legal discourse and debate. Symbolic Logic has also helped me better understand building a strong and valid argument.
What were the main lessons you learned throughout the job search process?
I didn’t realize how crucial networking was until I spoke with some alumni, especially Silvia Radulescu ’17 and Alex Cook ’20. They helped me lead the process, bolster my resume and cover letter, calm my nerves, prepare for interviews, and open doors for me when they could.
Major: Public Policy
Hometown: Redding, Conn.
High School: Joel Barlow High School
Extracurricular Activities: Soccer Club President, Phi Beta Chi Philanthropy President, HAVOC Events Coordinator and Senior Advisor, AA Orientation Manager, Admissions Fellow, and Tour Guide.
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Have you had any relevant internships?
No. I was actually very stressed about my lack of internships and relevant legal experience, but talking to graduates really calmed my nerves. Oddly enough, Proskauer ended up fascinated by my job at a fish market because he taught me time management, multitasking, organizational skills, and attention to detail.
What are you most looking forward to after graduation?
I’m so excited to dive into the work I’ve been dying to do since seventh grade. I can’t wait to skim through the legal cases for that one sentence of precedent that applies to the case I’m working on with other paralegals. Also, independence! I will live in the city, commute to work, shop, cook for myself, and more. I am excited about the responsibility and freedom I will gain through this next chapter of my life. Although, don’t get me wrong, I’m also terrified of whatever I’m about to throw myself into.
Would you like to add anything?
I want to be a resource! I am forever grateful to all the alumni I have spoken with, and after seeing how helpful they have been throughout my process, I look forward to continuing the tradition of the Hamilton Alumni Network.