Posted by Robert Half Legal on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 08:00 | Follow me
Robert Half Legal is pleased to announce that Sohayl Vafai has been named this year's Robert Half Legal Scholar and a member of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program, Class of 2017. He has been awarded $10,000 to use toward law school tuition expenses in addition to the opportunity to work with MCCA leaders and mentors as he prepares for his legal career.
Now a student at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall), Vafai earned his bachelor’s degree in English language and literature, summa cum laude, from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he received numerous awards, including the Joseph W. Houppert Memorial Prize for the best essay on Shakespeare and the Sara Ann Soper Service Award for commitment to community service. After college, Vafai worked as a paralegal for litigators with the FDA, researching legislative histories and case law in a variety of litigation matters involving imports, drug approvals and denials, and good manufacturing practices. While he was at the FDA, Vafai developed an appreciation for the legal processes integral to the work of pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers. “Working closely with attorneys who interpret and help shape the complex regulatory framework of the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors has been a formative experience,” he said. After graduating from law school, Vafai would like to work as a litigator, focusing on intellectual property, health, and food and drug law.
Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal, said, "Sohayl Vafai is an exceptional, multifaceted student, who demonstrates a strong commitment to academic and communications excellence, community service and the legal field. We are privileged to partner with MCCA to help offset the educational expenses of outstanding law students like Vafai so they can pursue their career ambitions."
Open to U.S. citizens interested in a corporate law career, MCCA's Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program provides financial support for first-year law students who are pursuing a juris doctor degree. Program recipients receive a $10,000 award for the first year of law school, with an opportunity to qualify for additional funding in each of the two following years of their law studies. In addition, MCCA offers mentoring opportunities for scholarship recipients and helps place them in paid internship positions with corporate law departments during the summer immediately following successful completion of their first year of law school. To learn more about the program, visit mcca.com.
We were pleased to spend an afternoon with Sohayl Vafai on campus at UC Berkeley School of Law. We asked him to tell us about his career goals and to share advice for other law school students.