Pragatee Dhakal ‘11 has consistently paired her learning experiences with practical, hands-on work. Currently in her last year at Hofstra University Law School in Hempstead, New York, she is spending the summer interning at the Law Firm of Moumita Rahman, a firm that handles litigation, but specializes in bankruptcy and immigration—areas of particular interest to Pragatee. As an intern, her current responsibilities include legal research and writing, preparing pre-trial and trial documents, observing court proceedings, and performing client intakes. She believes her proactive approach in seeking an internship ultimately paid off, “I applied for this position before employers even began to seek interns. Plus, I made sure when I interviewed I was well aware of what the firm did.”
Pragatee credits her GMC professors as influencing her decision to attend law school. “The professors at GMC were phenomenal. They are very invested in their students’ success which translates into the students themselves working harder to procure experiences in their relevant field.” Pragatee has held true to these influences, having already interned with five different law firms.
Regarding advice for new graduates, Pragatee suggests, “Get a head start. Don’t wait until the last minute. If you know what field you want to get into ask Career and Personal Development to connect you with alumni working in that field. They may not be able to offer you a job then and there but they can surely help you branch out.” Also important is to make sure to network as much as possible. While grades and experience are important, “a wide variety of connections is equally crucial.”