Environmental Studies

All Majors & Minors

Pete Sosinski

ENV Alum pursues interest in the law. 

Class Year

2013

Major(s)

Environmental Studies

Current Position

Second Year Law Student

Location

White Plains, New York

Graduate School & Degree

Pursuing a J.D.

About

After graduating Ursinus College in May of 2013 with a major in Environmental Studies and minors in Biology and Politics, I began attending Pace University School of Law in New York. I am now in my second year of law school and I’m a junior associate in the University’s Environmental Law Review. After my first year in Pace, I interned as a summer clerk for the New Jersey Division of Law, assisting in the Environmental Permitting and Counseling department.  This department helped the NJ Department of Environmental Protection with legal counseling and recommendations.

I am also active with different organizations on the university campus. I am the Student Bar Association’s 2L representative and a member in the National Lawyer’s Guild. The university has also asked me to be a board member in this year’s National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, a national competition. 

Impact of Ursinus

Ursinus College, and the Environmental department specifically, has had such a great impact on me as a student. My professors reconstructed the way that I analyze material and their Socratic teachings helped me find the answers to problems myself. This type of education was invaluable and it still benefits me in my law school classes to date. Ursinus College has made me work harder than I have ever had to before, and I could not be more thankful for that. The transition from undergrad to graduate school was fluid and I did not miss a beat. I am never overwhelmed with law school assignments because they are similar to the amount of work that my Ursinus classes expected from me.

The College and department also helped me become a more well-rounded individual. My effort to be active on campus, through clubs and organizations, has continued into my graduate career. Being an active student has helped me network with individuals and has strengthened my relationship with professors. I still have many interview questions about Ursinus because many employers were interested in the work that I did in my undergrad career, and not just what I do in law school. Many employers were interested in the FreeCycle initiative that I helped create for the campus and the responsibility that I took on. 

Piece of Advice

My suggestion to students would be to be active on campus and in class! There have been so many opportunities that have come from me communicating with organization members and even professors. Strengthen the relationship that you have students and professors and it could better you for the future. I would be no where right now if it were not for the great professors that had always been willing to help me through struggling concepts and assignments. The friendships that I have made at Ursinus, both with students and staff, will never be lost and have made me what I am today.  Cherish the time that you have in Ursinus, and do whatever you can to improve yourself every day.