"...this experience has shown me that there are many paths to having an amazing legal career."
Felipe is spending her summer at Goldman Sachs through an internship with LatinoJustice.

I attended the High School of Fashion Industries in New York and at the time I thought I wanted to be a Fashion Designer. I then realized Fashion Design was more of a hobby and not a career for me, but I still make garments when I have time. I graduated from St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies. My interest in legal studies stemmed from my curiosity about the law due to my family’s immigration history. After working as a paralegal at a litigation firm while in undergrad and a big corporate firm after graduation, I developed an interest in transactional law and decided to go to law school.

When I started law school, I already had an interest in transactional law and I knew that I needed to do well academically to get a position as a transactional lawyer at a big law firm. As a Minority Student Program student, I had the opportunity to be part of a study group with an upper-class fellow who helped me in figuring out what study habits worked for me and many tips on surviving law school. I did well academically during my 1L year and was able to interview for amazing opportunities. 

While in search for a 1L summer internship, I received help from the Center for Career Development, especially from Dean Richman. I am naturally shy and Dean Richman helped me prepare for my interviews by conducting mini mock interviews and provided advice on the complete interview process including helping me tailor my resume and cover letter. I accepted a two-year internship as a CLASP (Corporation/Law Firm Alliance Summer Program) intern with LatinoJustice. As a CLASP intern, I have the opportunity to intern at Goldman Sachs & Co. Legal Department as a 1L and as a 2L Summer Associate at Paul Hastings LLC next summer. 

I'm currently at Goldman Sachs and rotating through three legal groups, Special Situations Group (“SSG”), Goldman Sachs Asset Management Group (“GSAM”), and Employment Law Group. During my rotation, I was able to work on several projects to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. While working on these projects I was given the opportunity to lead the projects and meetings, be in contact with outside counsel, and coordinate with various internal divisions globally. I also had the chance to research and draft different agreements for my managers.

My internship at Goldman falls perfectly in line with my career goals as I have been able to learn more about the financial industry in general. Also, I have been able to meet many attorneys with diverse career paths, which has allowed me to broaden my interests. Now I am open to exploring litigation and regulatory work. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to intern at Goldman Sachs and this experience has shown me that there are many paths to having an amazing legal career. I am looking forward to making the most out of the rest of my summer at Goldman, and the rest of my law school career by taking advantage of the opportunities that are offered to me along the way.

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Diana Felipe RLAW'20

Diana Felipe is a rising 2L. She graduated from St. John’s University in 2014 and majored in Legal Studies.