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Diversity @ Widener Law: Claudia Bustamante
Through her own experiences emigrating from Peru, Delaware student Claudia Bustamante developed a fascination with the law.
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Hunger for the Challenge
PatelJay300px“Law school does more than provide you with some statutes, cases and doctrine. Law school supplies a student with the ability to analyze with precision, judge with skepticism, and comment with intelligence on highly complex legal and non-legal matters,” says Delaware campus student Jay Patel, who based his decision to come to law school on his desire for the challenges presented by the legal field and the “intricacies, nuances, and tremendous responsibility that attaches to every client, every case.”

Jay majored in political science at Rutgers-Newark, and he came to law school hoping to broaden the scope of his knowledge. He confesses that he was not always the best student in high school, but credits a strong support network with getting him past difficulties that once had him worried that his dream of becoming an attorney would slip away.

“Fortunately for me, a strong support group lifted me from that despair, and since then my desire, passion and work ethic have been second to none, eventually allowing me to have the privilege of attending Widener Law,” he says, adding, “Knowing that I have a certain amount of time to absorb knowledge – information that will one day be used to help others – is what fuels my success and keeps me hungry for more challenges.”

Jay came to Widener Law hoping to acquire the skills needed to be a responsible and passionate advocate for clients. “Widener has given me a good start on acquiring and maintaining these skills,” he says, stating, “The school has provided me with every resource I have needed to succeed.”

He encourages future law students to “come in with a focused mind,” and stresses the importance of completing readings and assigned work, discussing confusing materials with professors, and keeping a “positive, forward-looking attitude.”

“Law School is difficult, rigorous, challenging and even sometimes frustrating. The best remedy for this is to first understand that the only way to progress beyond the stress is to know that you can actually pass it,” he concludes.