Student Spotlight: Rafael Sondon ’23

Tell us about your experience in the Business Transactions Clinic.

Rafael Sondon
Rafael Sondon ’23

As an aspiring real estate transactions attorney, working with the Business Transactions Clinic was the most valuable opportunity throughout my law school journey. The clinic allowed me to engage with accomplished attorneys and help serve real clients. Within the clinic, I assisted startup businesses and other clients with requests and services surrounding entity formation, contract drafting and revision, confidentiality agreements, asset protection, and more. I came from an upbringing supported by a small family business. Working with similar small businesses to help them navigate the numerous intricacies of potential legal issues and opportunities was incredibly fulfilling for me. I regard the Business Transactions Clinic as the preeminent program for any law student entering transactional practice. 

What first inspired you to pursue a career in law?                                               

Law has always fascinated me because there is nothing like watching a confident and brilliant attorney work. There are so many situations in business that can go right or wrong depending on the legal competence of the parties involved. I consistently witnessed this throughout my years of experience as a real estate professional. My desire to become that daring and capable lawyer leads me now as it did before law school.

What has been your favorite law school class so far?

The course that tops my list is The Federalist Papers Seminar. The compelling history and philosophy instruction inspired me to write a book, The American Papers: A New Civil War and The State of The Union. That class was the driving influence for why I am now a published author. 

Tell us about your experience as a staff editor of the Journal of Law and Business.

I was fortunate enough to work on several pieces of leading academic writing as a staff editor of the Journal of Law and Business. This experience exposed me to the forefront of novel ideas in transactional policy. In addition to sharpening my legal citation skills, reviewing various intriguing papers taught me lessons on effectively delivering a persuasive message. Overall, I loved working with the Journal of Law and Business because it made me a stronger writer and communicator. Plus, networking within this prolific and prestigious journal to make long-lasting friendships was a great bonus.

What is one thing that instantly makes your day better?

One thing that instantly makes my day better is going to play a game of chess at Washington Square Park. Although my chess abilities can use some improvement, I always enjoy a challenge! 

Posted on March 8, 2023