Student Spotlight: Alex Jonlin ’23

Tell us about your experience in the Regulatory Policy Clinic.

Alex Jonlin
Alex Jonlin ’23

The Regulatory Policy Clinic gave me the opportunity to dive into the intersection between law and policy. It was one of the factors that drew me to NYU in the first place—most schools offer few programs like it that provide hands-on experience outside the traditional realms of litigation and transactional law. In the clinic, I was able to apply what I learned in 1L doctrinal classes to analysis of federal regulations, conducting research and proposing new approaches that I felt like could make a real difference moving forward. 

What has been your favorite law school class so far? 

While I've enjoyed many classes, one that surprised me early on was Torts. I expected it to be full of dry legal doctrine, but it actually made me think a lot about how liability rules underlie many aspects of our daily life and built environment.

You have a BA in Urban Studies and professional experience as a transportation planner focused on regulation of private transportation services. What major takeaways did you bring to your law studies? 

I learned during my time as a transportation planner that attorneys can have a huge influence on policy, and that the best lawyers act as problem solvers, figuring out how to translate policy goals into legislation and regulations, even if the goals seemed unattainable at first.

Tell us about your experience in the Moelis Urban Law & Public Affairs Fellowship Program. How has the fellowship informed your career aspirations? 

The Moelis Fellowship has allowed me to continue to pursue my interests in land use and transportation while being at law school, and it helped me get a job offer to work for the New York City Law Department after graduation!

What do you enjoy most about being in New York City?

As an urban planner at heart, my favorite thing to do is take the subway far out into the boroughs and explore the endless neighborhoods of New York City.

Posted on February 23, 2023