Before attending Rutgers Law, Olivia Nardone took a year off after graduating from Widener University with a degree in cultural anthropology to participate in the Walt Disney World College Program. Learn more about this outstanding member of the class of 2019.
Did you pursue any graduate degrees or work experience before law school?
I took a year off before starting law school. I was accepted into the Disney College Program where I worked as a custodian in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida.
What is the most memorable moment from your time at Rutgers Law?
While working for the Children's Justice Clinic, I was able to obtain a negotiated disposition for a juvenile client that allowed him to remain in juvenile court jurisdiction and not be transferred to adult court where the repercussions are much more severe.
My time working for the Children's Justice Clinic was my favorite course because I was able to directly advocate for juvenile clients. I made connections and built relationships with my clients. It was rewarding to see my hard work directly pay off through their cases. It was by far the most meaningful and important work I did while at Rutgers.
What student organization was your favorite and why?
I was President of the National Lawyers Guild my 3L year. I love what the Guild stands for and through the organization we were able to give back to the community.
What are some of your notable achievements from your time at Rutgers Law?
I am a Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award recipient and Maida Public Interest Fellow. I also interned with the Defender Association of Philadelphia and the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender.
What will you be doing after graduation?
I will be clerking for a criminal judge in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Afterward, I want to become a public defender.
What advice do you have for incoming law students?
My advice to 1Ls is to focus on your own success and growth. Don't compare yourself to others because everyone learns and grows at a different pace.