Camile Tucker knows the meaning of independence. At age 18, she came from Jamaica to attend Defiance College in Ohio. It was quite an adjustment, to say the least. While she had an inkling of what it might be like to go to school in some of America’s bigger cities, she had to get used to life as the only Caribbean student in a small rural town. Despite what she describes as "tragic weather," Tucker soon found a strong support system and channeled an independent spirit that would earn her a bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, in criminal justice.
At the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, Tucker has found a similar community — one that encourages independence in a supportive environment. She explains, "My first year was a complete growing process. It was scary at first, but I survived and am looking forward to the rest of my studies here."
Hofstra Law's diversity and other resources have helped her along the way. Tucker notes that the diversity of opinions, whether in smaller study groups or open class discussions, enhances her law school experience and outlook. She has also found fellowship and support in such student organizations as the Black Law Students Association and the Health Law Society. According to Tucker, these organizations are made up people "who are always looking out for you, from providing test-taking tips to giving you an extra push that helps you survive the pressure."
Tucker also cites the Office of Career Services (OCS) as another useful resource: "I try to stay on top of their deadlines and use their tools. OCS is very supportive, but you need to be proactive and know how to use it." She credits OCS with helping her find her summer job. This past summer, Tucker pursued her interest in family law through an internship with the New York City Administration for Children's Services. "It's very hands-on," explains an excited Tucker. "By conducting legal research, preparing subpoenas and working with lawyers on trial preparation, I gained exposure to all different areas of advocating for children."