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Steve Stoute

Associate at Dechert LLP.
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    Steve Stoute L'14

Steve Stoute L’14 is at home on a college campus, where he has spent a good part of his adulthood and all of his professional life. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, he graduated in 2004 from Seton Hall University, where he majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Sports Management and then spent a year as an intern at the NCAA National Office.

After earning a graduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007, he worked at the University of Southern California in the Athletics Department. Most recently he worked at Princeton University, first in Athletics then in University Development.

Academic leadership in his future.
I have spent a significant portion of my adult life, and all of my professional life, on a college campus. My experiences have opened the window to wonderful opportunities and shaped my perspective on the value of education in empowering individuals to achieve their potential. My career aspirations involve leading an academic institution and therein creating opportunities for students to explore, engage, develop, and contribute.

Wider horizons through cross-disciplinary study.
The cross-disciplinary framework of the curriculum is a hallmark of Penn Law and during my 2L year I took The Making of European Law. The course was taught by a Bok Visiting International Professor and it was a tremendous opportunity to immerse myself in international and comparative law, which will serve to broaden my understanding of legal, political, and socio-economic issues in an increasing global world.

A summer sharpening practice skills.
During my 1L summer I was fortunate to intern at Dechert LLP, in their Philadelphia office. Working in a corporate law firm allowed me to further develop my analytical and writing skills, and also taught me critical practice skills, which include negotiating, oral advocacy, and client management.

Career-building opportunities.
The Networking and Relationship-Building programming is particularly helpful during the 1L year because it provides a platform for engaging in conversations with legal practitioners, improving communication skills, and establishing a network of professionals willing to advocate on your behalf.

Collegiality is more fun.
One of the things that has most impressed me about my Penn Law experience is the ease with which students, faculty, and administrators work together to efficiently and effectively utilize resources to benefit students. The collegiality that is an inherent element of the Penn Law community makes the academic rigors fun and strengthens the bonds between students, their peers, and the institution.

Supreme inspiration.
My best experience at Penn Law was the opportunity to hear from Justice Sonia Sotomayor at the event celebrating the opening of Golkin Hall. The sentiments expressed by Justice Sotomayor, specifically about the role of lawyers in our society, were impactful and inspirational.