Duquesne University School of Law

Meet Jessica Rosenblatt

Third-Year Day Student

Hometown

Pittsburgh, Pa. 

What are your practice-area interests?

My primary interest is in environmental law, specifically in conservation and sustainable business models, but I’m also interested in food law (a natural corollary of environmental law), health care law, family law, and human rights law.  

What is the Food Law Leadership Summit you are attending?

This conference at Harvard Law School, hosted by a Food Law and Policy Clinic, gathers law students, practitioners, and experts in the field for the purpose of discussing food law and policy issues related to the environment, health, food safety, and food waste. I'm attending the three-day event in early October.

What work experiences have you had so far?

The summer after my first year of law school I studied abroad in Ireland, which allowed me to work overseas for six weeks. I spent a month at a boutique mergers and acquisitions firm in Germany and two weeks in The Hague researching judicial proceedings at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. Both experiences were beyond incredible. Last summer I interned at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Food Law International, two similarly great experiences! 

Where are you working now?

Recently, I accepted a position as a law clerk for the U.S. Department of the Interior, where I’ll be doing more federal conservation work. I still work remotely for Food Law International and am a research assistant to a professor of professional ethics here at Duquesne Law. I like to stay busy! 

Why did you choose Duquesne Law?

For months I was torn between Duquesne and another law school in Pennsylvania, but then I ran into a Duquesne Law grad at a coffee shop. When I asked for her opinion, she told me Duquesne Law is a family, something other law schools are not, and urged me to choose Duquesne. Now that I’m in third year, I can absolutely echo that advice. 

Are you involved with student organizations here?

I serve as president of the Environmental Law Society and executive content editor of Joule: Duquesne Energy & Environmental Law Journal. I’m also involved in the Health Law Society, Energy and Mineral Law Association, Public Interest Law Association, and Family Law Society. 

What advice would you give to students considering attending law school?

First, make sure you want to be a lawyer. If the answer is unequivocally yes, find what you’re passionate about and pursue it relentlessly. 

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Doing what I’m passionate about, whatever that is. 

What do you like to do for fun?

I have an unhealthy obsession with books, especially Anais Nin and Vladimir Nabokov. I also love to cook, play guitar, practice yoga, and go on backpacking adventures with my sister. 

What might people be surprised to know about you?

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be a Chinese medicine doctor.