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Isabella Almonte

Law Student, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Major(s)

Spanish

Minor(s)

Latin American Studies

Current Position

Grad student

Graduate School & Degree

Full-time law student (2L) pursuing a JD at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

About

Currently I am a second year student at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law. Prior to entering law school in August of 2022, after I graduated in December of 2021, I worked from January until August at the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office (same as the previous externship) as a Restitution Clerk as part of their Victim/Witness Unit. I then completed my first year at Drexel and worked last summer for the Honorable Judge Timika Lane in the Criminal and Civil divisions at the Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice and at City Hall.

Impact of Ursinus

I would say that my externship in the winter of 2020 into 2021 with the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office had a significant impact on my journey, career path, and what I am doing now. I was connected with a fellow Ursinus Alum, Matt Weintraub who at the time was the District Attorney (and now is a Judge). During the externship he set me up with Zoom interviews of judges and different lawyers. (The pandemic prohibited me from going in person to the courthouse to observe court so we found the best alternative possible.) The judges and lawyers let me pick their brains about how/why they entered into the profession, what the day to day is like, how they reached their specific field of law, and any advice for a prospective future law student/lawyer.

Additionally, Professor Xochitl Shuru mentored me throughout my time at Ursinus as my advisor and floated the idea of pursuing law while we were discussing the handful of history classes I was taking my sophomore year. We discussed that skills for the history classes at Ursinus could be beneficial in pursuing something like law as well. Professor Kelly Sorensen also was extremely supportive of me and my journey at Ursinus. I had him as a professor for CIE 102 in the spring of my freshman year and it was a class I felt like I thrived in given his teaching style. From then on he remained a strong advocate for me as I progressed through Ursinus. Anna Marks Esq., the pre-law coordinator, also guided me when I was trying to plan out law school, and gave me advice when it came to things like the LSAT, applications in general, and the realities of law school.

My course work was in Spanish (major) and Latin American Studies (minor) which got me thinking about the possibility of pursuing the specific field of immigration law. I thought that having grounding in both Spanish and LAS could be a good foundation for immigration.