OFF THE RECORD - Seton Hall Law

Hafsa Mansoor

Hafsa Mansoor is a 1L at Seton Hall Law. She has BAs from Webster University in International Human Rights and Political Science. She wishes to pursue public interest law in order to use her education to empower survivors of domestic violence and dismantle institutionalized racism by restoring dignity to the marginalized.

Recent Posts

What Does a Lawyer Look Like?

Posted by Hafsa Mansoor on 2/9/18 7:55 AM

hafsa-mansoor-candid-in-front-of-law-school-600x267.jpg

I raise my hand a lot in class. The unwritten rule of law school is to avoid being called on at all costs— and here I am voluntarily subjecting myself to scrutiny— so it earns me a lot of strange looks. But it’s actually immensely important to me because it’s important to me to take up space— not physical space, but metaphorical space. I will be heard because I belong here.

I am conscious that women, especially women of color, aren’t expected to talk as much in professional settings. I am conscious when I look around me that there isn’t a single other person who looks like me in the classroom. I am conscious of the expectation that I— as a Brown, Muslim, hijabi, woman of color who is a child of immigrants and a first generation college student— don’t belong in the legal profession.

More than that, when I raise my hand, I am conscious that that expectation almost kept me from applying to law school in the first place.

Read More

Topics: Student Life

Welcome to 
OFF THE RECORD

Seton Hall Law professors, students, administrators and alumni share advice and experiences about law school and life beyond the bar exam.

Recent Posts

Subscribe to Email Updates