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Cheska Tolentino

Cheska Tolentino is a third-year law student at Seton Hall Law with a diverse regulatory and legislative background. In addition to her externships, Cheska serves as a Senior Editor on the Seton Hall Law Review Volume 51 and as a Student Advocate in the Investor Advocacy Project clinic. Cheska also serves as the President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), which promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in the law and provides professional development opportunities for Asian American law students. Outside of law school, Cheska volunteers with the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program and the Oberlin College Asian American alumni network, and is an active student member of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York. Prior to law school, Cheska served as a State Legislative Affairs Representative for the City of New York, where her portfolio included minority and women business enterprises (MWBE) contracts, labor and employment, and transportation. Cheska spearheaded efforts to enact state legislation modernizing the City’s MWBE procurement process and granting the City design-build authorization for the billion-dollar rehabilitation of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway Cantilever. Cheska earned her M.P.A. from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where she specialized in International Economic Policy and Finance, and her B.A. from Oberlin College.

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Re-Discovering a Passion for Health Law Through The Externship Program

Posted by Cheska Tolentino on 4/15/21 11:20 AM

Pursuing three different placements through Seton Hall Law’s Externship Program organically led me to re-discover my passion for healthcare. As an undergrad at Oberlin College, I majored in Biology planning to pursue a career in healthcare and life sciences. But after college, my career path shifted to government and public policy, moving away from the healthcare space for nine years. Then as I took steps to become a second-career law student, I chose Seton Hall Law in large due part to its top-ranked health law program. Little did I know that I would find fulfilling experiences in health law through Seton Hall Law School’s externship program.


Topics: Classes and Courses, Experiential Learning, Clinics, Health Law

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