Paralegal Club Event: From Paralegal to Law Student


Thursday, November 14, 4:45 p.m.


BIC 1404, COD (Glen Ellyn main campus )

Please join us on Thursday, November 14, at 4:45 p.m., in BIC 1404, to hear from Paralegal Studies Program Graduate and current Northern Illinois College of Law Student, Sarmistha (Buri) Banerjee. She will share her experience applying to, and attending law school. This is a great opportunity for any member considering law school!

Sarmistha (Buri) Banerjee is a third-year law student at Northern Illinois University College of Law.  She has a B.A. from Smith College and an M.A. from Northern Illinois University, both in Sociology.  She was a Ph.D. student in Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign until she had children and chose to stay home to raise them.  While being a full-time mom, she went to school part-time and completed a certificate in Paralegal Studies from the College of DuPage, graduating with Highest Honors in 2011.  She was one of the founding board members of the Paralegal Club and the founding vice-president for the Paralegal Committee of the DuPage County Bar Association.  She worked briefly as a legal assistant for a solo practitioner before starting law school.  The reason she even considered law school was because her COD instructors strongly encouraged her.  With the support of her husband and family, she became a full-time law student in Fall 2011.  Her sons were six and nine at the time.

In her 1L summer, Buri was one of five interns selected nationwide for the Summer Legal Internship Program at BP America, Inc.   She was a finalist in the 2L Internal Mock Trial Competition, and was one of two 2L students selected by the Dean to compete in the U.S. Midwest Regional round of the world’s largest Moot Court Competition, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.   At Jessup, she won the award for Second Best Oralist out of 90 competitors, and her team won the Third Best Brief.

Buri is currently a legal intern at the Office of General Counsel at NIU, and has worked as a research assistant for several faculty members at the College of Law, including the Dean.  She was a founding board member of the law school’s American Constitution Society chapter, and is its current president.  She is also the NIU law student liaison for the DuPage County Bar Association, taking the position when her first COD instructor, Sharon Mulyk (previously Knobbe) was the President of DCBA.

Most recently, Buri was interviewed by NIU’s Office of University Marketing as one of the student life stories to be included in the inauguration ceremonies of NIU’s new president, Dr. Douglas D. Baker, to be held on November 13, 2013.


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