Even before enrolling at Hofstra Law, Val Hoxha experienced the school's strong sense of community. While attending an admitted students reception, she noted feeling a "lawyerly vibe" and was struck by her personal interaction with Dean Demleitner and faculty members. She adds, "It was a very welcoming and friendly atmosphere — something that can be hard to find in New York, which is sometimes known for being so aggressive."
Originally from Albania, Hoxha has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Indiana Wesleyan University and work experience in the U.S. banking industry. She also studied law at Albania's Kristal University, and notes that her Hofstra Law classes "have really given me greater perspective, particularly on the compliance work I was doing."
Hoxha believes that Hofstra Law's vision for international students is excellent, and she recommends the school as a first choice for other international students: "It has all the benefits of other law schools — talented professors, helpful staff, geographic ease — but in a more convenient and financially viable way. It is an amazing experience that will open so many doors."
For her part, Hoxha feels that Hofstra Law has changed her life, including how she thinks of her career and how she communicates. She adds, "I know that a Hofstra Law education will definitely help me in the long run wherever I go."