Jenna Agatep '14

profile  By Jessica Bain '17 

  Jenna Agatep graduated from Marist in 2014 as a Political
  Science major with a Global Studies minor and a Paralegal
  Certificate. She currently works as a litigation paralegal at
  Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York

  “Take advantage of all that Marist has to offer!” Coming from
  an alumna who has already secured a paralegal job at a
  huge law firm in New York City less than a year out of college,
  this is a valuable piece of advice. Some of the most useful
skills Jenna learned while at Marist have come from her
involvement in the Paralegal and the Pre-Law programs: “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the guidance of my
advisor and professors and the skills and knowledge I learned in my studies.”

At Marist Jenna found the resources she needed to achieve her goal of launching a legal career. “When I began my
academic career at Marist, I wanted to take advantage of all the opportunities available to me to meet my goal. When
registering to be on a Pre-Law track, it only made sense to also enroll myself in the Paralegal program; the program would
allow me to put all my law electives toward earning an ABA-approved certificate in paralegal studies.” Jenna also completed
valuable internships at the New York State Senate and the New York State Division of Human Rights that gave her “hands-on
experience in helping attorneys draft legal briefs and working with other legal documents.”

She explains, “In a big law office like Paul Weiss, having taken classes such as Business Law and Legal Writing have proved
to be most useful as the majority of the cases I’m on deal with litigation for large corporations.” Jenna has gained a variety of
skills from the Paralegal program coursework, including how to stay grounded in such a large environment. “You cannot concern
yourself with the work of others, but only yourself. Having a background in paralegal studies, I am confident in my work, as well
as in how I work with other paralegals, associates, and partners.”

Having experienced the legal field in and out of Marist, Jenna recommends anyone interested in a legal career of any kind should register for the Pre-Law and Paralegal programs. The programs provided foundational knowledge that allowed Jenna to transition
from legal coursework to legal professional work with ease, as well as setting her up to continue on her goal of becoming an
attorney. She advises, “You will learn so much about the law, but also yourself, such as what type of law interests you and
what type of lawyer you may want to be.”