Student Spotlight: Talia Scott ’24

Eric and Kimberly George Scholar within the AnBryce Scholarship Program
Jacobson Scholar

Talia Scott ’24
Talia Scott ’24

What do you enjoy about being a NYU Law student?

I’m a native New Yorker (born and raised in Harlem), so going to law school at NYU Law has been an amazing experience and a dream come true. In addition to being near my family and close friends, I’ve valued experiencing life at NYU Law and being part of such a unique and supportive community. I’m currently enjoying taking Corporations and Labor and Employment in the Entertainment Industry and participating in the Entrepreneurship Clinic where I’m assisting small-business owners with various transactional needs. My work as a student attorney in the Entrepreneurship Clinic has been the highlight of the semester so far. I also truly value being able to take advantage of opportunities in NYC’s legal industry and am currently a corporate legal intern at Warner Music Group.

What first inspired you to pursue a career in law?

I come from a family of Liberian refugees and immigrants, and for many years of my life, my mom was undocumented and attempting to navigate the immigration system. Early on, I realized the power of law and knew I wanted to be in the legal profession and use the law to have a positive impact on individual lives. I am now pursuing a career in transactional law and still value the opportunities to do this work through pro bono opportunities in addition to working on groundbreaking transactions.

Tell us about your experience as a dual AnBryce and Jacobson Scholar. How have these scholarships shaped your law school experience or informed your career aspirations?

Being a dual AnBryce and Jacobson Scholar has been such a life changing experience. I’m a first-generation professional student, and AnBryce has truly helped me navigate all things law school—from choosing electives to learning how to outline to applying for 1L summer positions. I’ll be working at Davis Polk & Wardwell, which has a strong and supportive AnBryce network at the firm, and I’m excited to similarly support AnBrycers who decide to join the firm. Most importantly, AnBryce has provided me with a close-knit community and family, and it’s been amazing to know that I don’t have to navigate the challenges of law school on my own. I’ve been grateful to have the support of AnBryce alumni and the Welters family, who founded the scholarship program. Similarly, the Jacobson program has helped me think through the various professional opportunities available to me, through its alumni chats and advising from the program’s directors. The program has also exposed me to other academic opportunities such as the JD/MBA, which I’ll be pursuing.

In 2020, you founded the Legally BLK Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial and application support, mentorship, and professional development opportunities to Black women applying to law school.What is your biggest hope/goal for this organization?

My biggest goal is to expand the reach of the Legally BLK Fund. Earlier this year, I won the 2022 Make it Awards from Squarespace and the NY Knicks, which allowed me to award $16,000 in scholarships this year (an increase from $10,000 each year). I would like to award at least $30,000 in scholarships each year and hope to partner with a law firm or law school to scale our reach! One of my hopes is that Legally BLK Fund is a known resource for Black women applying to law school across the country and can provide holistic support: custom LSAT preparation, application advising, and professional development, in addition to providing mentorship and scholarships.

What are some of your hobbies and interests outside of the classroom?

I enjoy binge watching horror movies, doing solidcore and brunching around NYC.

Posted on October 7, 2022