2024 Graduate Blog

Powerful Combination Sets Up Grad for Law School Success

Senior Sophia Szaniawski will draw on her Forensic Science and Legal Studies background as she prepares for a career in the legal field.

By Grace Boland
Headshot of Sophia Szaniawki

Senior Sophia Szaniawski, a Forensic Science major on the Biology track with minors in Psychology and Legal Studies, will attend New York Law School in the fall. At Roger Williams University, Szaniawski, of Fremont, N.H., was Senior Class Treasurer, in the Alpha Chi Honor Society, lead of the Peer Mentor Outreach Committee, Vice President of the Mock Trial Team, and an on-campus tutor for Physics and Genetics. 

Distinctive Curriculum: “I like the way RWU set up the Forensic Science program with two tracks you can choose from: Biology or Chemistry. I knew I was not strong in Chemistry, so I picked the Biology track. I also knew that I wanted to take anatomy and physiology. No school that I looked at, except for RWU, had anatomy already worked into their program.”

Powerful Combinations: “I took some Legal Studies courses because it has always been an interest of mine. I ended up taking enough classes for it to become my minor. I interned with Russman Law in Manchester, N.H., over the summer and learned more about the world of being a lawyer. I got into multiple law schools, but I’m excited to be going to New York City to attend New York Law School. I want to go into criminal defense or business law. I think my foundation in Forensic Science will give me a unique perspective when looking at cases; knowing how crime scenes are investigated will give me a huge advantage in the field.” 

Campus Involvement: “Aside from the curriculum and what I've learned here, the way I’m involved on campus has built up my confidence so much. If you saw me my first year, you would say it was two different people. Being in mock trial and a peer mentor has helped me significantly become more outspoken and more comfortable making connections, which is going to help me immensely in law school.”

2024 Graduate Blog