Esmeralda Taraj '11

Bachelor's degree in legal studies

legal studies major Esmeralda TarajFor Esmeralda Taraj, an interest in law first developed from the legal drama “Law and Order.” An interest became a career goal after her final project for a freshman U.S. History class in high school required her to draft a closing argument for a mock trial.

Esmeralda’s goal when searching for a college was to find one that would best meet her requirements and expectations to make her dream of becoming a lawyer a reality. Becker’s diverse legal studies curriculum impressed her, offering several options that included family law, real estate law, and contracts and corporation law. Upon coming to Becker, Esmeralda soon discovered that its small class sizes, the accessibility of its professors and its internship opportunities all greatly contributed to providing the successful learning experience she was looking for. She credits many of her professors and Becker staff members with enriching her life through their guidance and support.

She states, “It was Professor Jim Maloney and Professor John Dorsey, who provided two very different teaching styles, that made me love studying law even more, which I didn’t know was even possible.” She added, “It’s great when you love waking up for an 8 a.m. class.”

With the help of Professor Dorsey, and Becker’s director of career services Eric Saczawa, Esmeralda became a legal assistant with Murray, Murray and Richards, LLP, a local Worcester law firm specializing in family law, personal injury law and probate law. Also through Becker College, she was accepted into an internship program with Lutheran Social Services of New England, doing legal research for attorneys representing refugees, non-citizens and those seeking asylum. Esmeralda is currently enrolled in law school; continuing to pursue her dream.

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