INTERVIEW: ARIEL D. MULTAK ‘15, FIRST YEAR ASSOCIATE

Ariel was born in Gainesville, Florida and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs. She attended
Princeton Day School in Princeton, New Jersey for high school. At Hopkins, Ariel was an
International Studies major concentrating in East Asia with a minor in Entrepreneurship &
Management. The highlight of her undergraduate experience was studying abroad in China at
the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.

Outside of academics, Ariel served on the JHU Student Government Association and the
Chapter Council of JHU Kappa Kappa Gamma. She was also a member of the squash, club
tennis, and club lacrosse teams.

At Fordham Law, Ariel was Senior Notes Editor of the Fordham Journal of Corporate &
Financial Law, a member of the Moot Court Board, and a member of the Student Bar
Association. During law school Ariel also published a Student Note, externed with an
Appellate Division judge, and served as a research assistant.

In her spare time, Ariel enjoys playing tennis and attending stand-up comedy shows.

Describe a day in the life of a First Year Associate.

As a First Year Associate I expect to conduct legal research and examine corporate
documents in order to draft internal memorandum as well as motions and pleadings. Because
I am working in a mid-sized firm, I hope for plenty of opportunities to work alongside senior
partners and interface with clients.

What initially attracted you to this field? Do you have any advice for an undergraduate
interested in pursuing this body of law?

I am an Associate in the Corporate Governance Litigation group at my firm. I have been
interested in corporate law since taking Business Law I, Business Law II, and Business Ethics
at Hopkins. My advice to an undergrad interested in this area of law is to take courses in law,
finance, business, and ethics. I also recommend taking advantage of legal- or business-related
internships.

You recently graduated from Fordham Law. Describe a typical day as a law student there, as a
first year, second year, and third year.

As a 1L at Fordham Law, your typical day is 2 to 3 classes that are each about 2 hours long. In
order to prepare for each class, you can expect about 2 hours of reading for each hour of
lecture. After class, many 1Ls head to the law library for the afternoon and evening.

As a 2L and 3L, in addition to your course load, you are likely to be involved in one or more
extracurricular activities, such as a journal, moot court, trial advocacy or dispute resolution.
Many students also choose to participate in one of the law school’s clinics, take on a
research assistant position, or extern with a law firm, judge, or public interest organization. A
2L or 3L may also spend a few hours each week applying for summer or full-time positions.

What was your favorite law school class, and why?

My favorite law school class is a tie between Commercial Drafting and Introduction to the
Deal. Both of these courses were small seminars taught by adjunct faculty who are
practitioners. While many of my other courses focused on reading and discussing cases,
these courses both involved wrestling with assignments meant to hone practice skills. I also
enjoyed the opportunity to get to know my professors and to obtain detailed feedback on my
work, which is more difficult in large lecture courses.

What made you choose Fordham Law? What do you see as the primary pros and cons of law
school?

I chose Fordham Law for its strength in corporate law as well as for its New York City
location, which allowed me to network and to take advantage of internship opportunities year-round.

The primary pros of law school are that it challenges you to think in new ways and that it
trains you in real-world problem solving. Fordham Law’s motto is “In the Service of Others”,
which nicely sums up the path that law school sets you on. The cons of law school include
the competitiveness amongst students and the hours of study required to keep up with a
rigorous program.

What types of undergraduate opportunities did you pursue that led to your decision to apply to
law school? Were there any experiences that you felt were particularly helpful in strengthening
your application to law school?

Courses I took as an undergrad and internships I did over my summers strongly influenced
my decision to apply to law school. Because I went directly from college to law school, I believe
my leadership experiences in Hopkins student groups strengthened my application.

What did you pursue during your interim year(s)/before beginning law school, while in law
school and during your law school summer(s)? How did you go about researching these
opportunities?

I went directly from college to law school but did a legal internship the summer before starting
law school, which I believe helped me in securing a position for my summer after 1L. I spent
my 1L summer interning with a small civil law firm and spent my 2L summer interning with the
in-house legal department of a tech company. During my 2L year I also did an externship with a
judge. In researching for these positions I relied heavily on Fordham Law’s job database.

Do you have any advice for an undergraduate interested in pursuing law school and a career in
law given your experience as a 2018 law school graduate and in the current legal job market?

I did not take any time off between college and law school, but I would suggest considering
taking a year or two off before starting law school. I would use this time to narrow your legal
interests so you are ready to hit the ground running when you get to law school. I would also
use this time to begin networking with lawyers in order to lay a foundation for your job search
process.

Contact Information:

Ariel is happy to answer questions and is reachable by email at: amultak@law.fordham.edu.