Aspiring Attorney Finds Key to Her Future at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan

MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2018
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Photo Caption: Samantha Chase of the Bronx, NY, will attend law school and pursue a career in environmental law following her graduation from Berkeley College with a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies.


Samantha Chase is already a working professional, but that hasn’t stopped her from focusing on her future career. Ms. Chase, 27, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies at Berkeley College, and will apply to law schools later this year, with a plan to make an impact in the environmental arena.


Throughout her life, Ms. Chase was active in humanitarian causes, including spending time working with, a post-Katrina rebuilding effort in New Orleans. The Bronx resident received an Associate in Applied Science in Legal Studies from Berkeley College in 2015. Following graduation, she enrolled at different colleges to pursue a Bachelor’s degree, with mixed results.


“I found that I was in such a different place emotionally, and older than all the other students there,” she said. “And I felt constrained by not being able to work.”


In 2014 Ms. Chase was hired as a Leasing Agent with Milford Management, and the following year was promoted to Information Systems Analyst for the Human Resources department of Emigrant Bank, an affiliate of Milford. She only thought about college again when she re-discovered Berkeley College across the street from her office.


“The night program, the timing – everything about it was perfect for an adult professional who was looking for a companion in education rather than a traditionally constrained collegiate atmosphere,” Ms. Chase said. “It was a place I could succeed, and a place where I was able to finish the degree I was working toward.”


The decision to pursue law was natural – her father is an attorney.


“Attorneys have the ability to be in the room where decisions are made and legislation is written,” Ms. Chase said. “Now, more than ever, we need people who are willing to put everything into fighting for our collective freedom and future.”


Balancing her classes with a degree has not been easy – she does homework on her lunch break and studied for her LSATs during her commute – but she consistently makes the President’s List and Dean’s List. Her Berkeley College professors also recognize her potential.


“Samantha wants to help the community and those less fortunate,” said Moya Bansile, JD, Legal Studies, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies. “I love her energy, sincerity, passion and honesty.”


Patricia Greer, JD, Chair, Legal Studies, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies, also noted Ms. Chase’s academic prowess.


“Samantha maintains an excellent grade-point average and received an impressive score on the LSATs, which will allow her to apply to top-tier law schools,” Ms. Greer said. “She exemplifies the academic excellence of the Legal Studies program at Berkeley College.”


With a history of activism, Ms. Chase hopes her future career will be in environmental law, focusing on sustainability with nonprofits like the Sierra Club or Oceana.


“I hope to save the planet in my small way,” she said. “The ultimate goal is to change behavior – however I can do that will make me a success.”


About Berkeley College


A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 7,100 students – including more than 440 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.


Berkeley College has three New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are four campuses – Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For five consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is

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