Just a couple of months immediately after graduating from FIU, Daniel Simon ’22 packed his bags and headed for Harvard to comprehensive a major-notch method that will get ready him for his long run: legislation college.
Simon was chosen as 1 of only 20 learners in the state to be part of the Instruction and Recruitment Initiative for Admission to Primary Regulation Educational facilities (TRIALS) law prep software — a partnership among Harvard Law College, New York College School of Law and the nonprofit Advantage Screening Basis.
The prestigious summer season program caters to college students with confined financial sources and whose backgrounds are underrepresented at the country’s major law colleges. Pupils get complete LSAT tutoring just take apply LSATs in simulated testing problems attend lectures by well known legal professionals and scholars, as well as college from Harvard and NYU and forge connections with friends and instructors.
“It is a lifetime-changing encounter,” Simon says. “This method [has given] me steering to get over struggle and equipment to seize alternatives. Assembly some distinctive individuals, I identified liberty in authenticity and a passion for defying the odds and building a long run to uplift other folks.”
A number of decades ago, regulation faculty didn’t even appear to be like a likelihood to Simon. He arrived in the United States from Cuba as a teen. A violin participant, he labored different gigs to assistance his mother — who labored 3 work — make finishes fulfill. Simon also labored hard at school, getting twin enrollment courses and logging hrs upon hours of research. He was acknowledged into quite a few universities including FIU, NYU, the University of California-Berkley, the University of Miami, University of Florida and Florida State College. He selected FIU.
As a audio functionality key, he dove into his art as a violin participant. In his initial semester, he also took an FIU Honors Higher education program on the foundations of legislation. It altered his lifestyle. He related the material with his encounters as a musician — observing how mates unknowingly signed their copyrights absent for the tunes they produced. He discovered his calling.
“The class taught me how a lot good you can do with a authorized degree,” he suggests. “I have this expertise of the arts as a musician, the vulnerability to completely transform the soul into a melody. And there is so much that is not known to artists about defending it [their music and talent], about navigating tough waters in the legal earth. So, I determined to transform that. I resolved to go after the authorized career.”
He added political science as a further key to his scientific studies. He joined the Panther Mock Trial team at FIU, which is a scholar firm housed in the Honors School that competes at tournaments operate by the American Mock Trial Affiliation. He also became a pupil assistant for Kristen Corpion, who at the time was an teacher at the Honors School and taught the legal introductory course that impacted his career.
Finally, Corpion made available him an internship at her practice, CORPlaw, which afterwards turned into a career offer. Due to the fact 2020, Simon has worked as a legal clerk at her agency. In his purpose, he drafts documents, conducts study and attends conferences with consumers underneath the supervision of lawful counsel. He’s also taking part in the FIU Regulation Path Journey software, which assists students prepare to enter law school.
“What sets Daniel apart is his unwillingness to give up,” Corpion states. “He’s the variety of person that frequently challenges on their own and raises the bar, with no excuses. He has 100% accountability.”
His earning a place in the TRIALS plan, she provides, speaks volumes to his talent and determination – and will enable set him up for even much more outstanding achievements.
“The sort of pupil that will get into TRIALS is phenomenal,” provides Corpion, an alumnus of the TRIALS system herself. “The plan is great. It presents you that raise to get you into one of all those T-14 [top fourteen] law faculties. You get tutoring, you get to community with admissions departments and alumni. I am assured that no matter what doorways Daniel would like to open up, he will bust them down just one way or the other, but a application like this presents him more assist in doing so.”
Simon accomplished the in-human being portion of the TRIALS application at Harvard and executed virtual periods until the drop. He hopes to attend regulation faculty at a top university – potentially Harvard. In the extensive time period, he programs to go on equally generating songs and pursuing law.
In reality, all over his time at FIU, he never give up new music. He was the concertmaster (the 1st chair violinist, a placement of management) of the FIU Symphony Orchestra. He figured out from musicians and educators Misha Vitenson, of FIU’s Artist-in-Residence Ensemble Amernet String Quartet, and Javier Jose Mendoza, conductor of the FIU Symphony Orchestra.
Simon taught violin, piano and audio theory to little ones each and every semester. Following graduating in the spring of 2022, he joined a team of college students on tour in Bolivia by way of FIU’s Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Faculty of New music & Carrying out Arts to execute at the International Festival of American Renaissance and Baroque New music “Misiones de Chiquitos”.
He says the mentorship of Corpion and his FIU relatives has been important to his achievements.
“The worth of FIU lies inside of its community and faculty,” Simon suggests. “There’s an underlying mission of hope, awareness and possibility that binds us all jointly. The items I have completed are in a person way or another connected to the help, information and advice that I gained from FIU and the Honors Faculty.”
One of his ambitions is to give back again in the similar way he gained: to return to FIU and enable the subsequent era of Panthers be effective, also.