"Lawyers on Location" shows students the flexibility of a law degree

The truth is, not all lawyers end up at law firms. A lot of them choose a career path that many may not have thought of, such as the corporate life.

Fifteen first and second year students including new Assistant Professor of Law Emile Loza de Siles, attended a "Lawyers on Location" luncheon and tour of BNY Mellon in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Students heard from a panel of managing attorneys and technologists who work within BNY Mellon's operational and legal data management sectors.

"The goal today is to show you that the path after law school is not always a straight one," stated Samantha Coyne, Employer Outreach Manager for the Law School's Career Services Office (CSO).

"Lawyers on Location" opens new doors for law students and local practitioners. It is part of a continuing series developed by the law school's CSO. Local firms and companies host up to 15 current, law school students for a casual lunch and/or an informal question and answer session. Students use the "Lawyers on Location" events to develop their networking skills, and attorneys use them to support the law school and meet potential colleagues.

Today's panelists included Kyle Johnson, Vice President and Group Manager at BNY Mellon, Seema Phekoo, Esq., who serves as Counsel and Vice President in Legal Data Management and Advisory, Oliver Round, Esq. who also serves as Counsel and Vice President in Legal Data Management and Advisory and Aaron Todd who is a Managing Director serving as the Core Digitization Leader.

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All of the panelists are instrumental in BNY Mellon's artificial intelligence (AI) and make access to, and understanding of, its millions of contracts easier for its clients. Each contract BNY Mellon has with various clients, government agencies, and with vendors has lots of pages and unstructured data. According to BNY Mellon, deploying AI to go through the documents to pull critical information has saved enormous costs and helped lawyers understand key aspects of the contracts, the consistency across contracts, and helps to assure compliance and provide numerous client benefits.

"Our professions are non-traditional ways to use your law degree," Phekoo stated.

The panelists offered advice to the aspiring lawyers, suggesting that they pursue taking a wide range of classes such as in economics, biology, and business in order to become a lawyer that possess many skill sets.

"Taking these types of classes teaches you critical thinking and problem solving. I majored in Biology and the science background helped me to be knowledgeable in artificial technology," Round stated.

Students received the opportunity to exchange business cards and LinkedIn accounts with the panelists. A tour of BNY Mellon's new Pittsburgh Innovation Center  was also offered to the students, which allows for technology, business, and legal professionals to work in an agile work environment and to optimize their collaboration with their colleagues.

Learn More

Contact the Career Services Office for more information about Lawyers on Location.

Samantha Coyne
Employer Outreach Manager
Room 205

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