Joana Coloma- Syracuse University College of Law

1. Please tell us about yourself.
I am 23 years old. I was a psychology major and philosophy minor at FIU in Miami, FL. My Hometown is Miami, FL.

2. What first made you want to go to law school?

What made me want to become a lawyer was growing up watching shows like Law & Order and Suits. I liked the idea of advocating for others and representing people in complicated times.

3. Why did you choose your law school?

I chose Syracuse University College of Law because of the location. It’s in New York, a large state where there’s many opportunities, but it’s not in the city or anywhere busy where I can become distracted. It is also close enough to the city, to the Adirondacks, Catskills, Canada, and other states so if I want to get away from this small town, a day trip is an easy option.

4. What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?

What I wish I knew before applying to law school was the admissions process. For example, I wasn’t aware that a scholarship was negotiable until I was deciding the winner between my last 2 schools.

5. What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

At SUCOL, I’m a Peer Mentor, Student Ambassador, Animal Legal Defense Fund E-Board member, and a General member of Latin American Law Student Association

6. Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.

One of the most interesting jobs I’ve had at SUCOL is an internship at VLP in Syracuse. They were able to get me a work order so I could actually represent people in court, in front of a judge, as a law student. I not only learned a lot with the attorneys but I also was able to experience work and what being an attorney truly is. Not many students get that opportunity as a student, nevertheless as a first year law student.

7. What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I like hiking with my dog, reading, and watching movies.

8. What is your dream career?
I’m not sure yet what my dream job is but something in a small/medium firm, maybe a family law firm, and on the side I’d like to advocate for abused animals- ideally, a program that allows attorneys to volunteer to prosecute animal cruelty suspects.