Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Eric Stanton Pelletier

Legal plans: After graduation, I was planning on attending law school. However, I interviewed and was offered a full-time job as a Litigation Legal Assistant at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP (DPW) in New York City. My diverse experiences at Wheaton gave me plenty to talk about in my interview. I was 2010 Class President, senior Admission intern, a member of the men’s tennis team, and an economics teaching assistant.

DPW Legal Assistants are recent college grads from only the top schools around the world. My Wheaton education combined with my junior year studying abroad at the London School of Economics allowed me to earn this position.

Wheaton support: My advisers, Professor Phoebe Chan and Professor Darlene Boroviak, played an invaluable role in preparing me for work at DPW. Both professors helped me develop intellectually over my college career and truly highlight my Wheaton experience.

Professor Chan’s Law and Economics senior seminar was the most valuable course that I took at Wheaton, because it acquainted me with specific areas of the law (e.g., mass torts, product liability and intellectual property). Professor Boroviak’s International Law course was another that I immensely enjoyed at Wheaton and will be directly transferable to my career working at an international law firm.

London experience: I credit my professors for encouraging me to spend my junior year at the London School of Economics (LSE). My year at LSE taught me how to research information in a different way. LSE also allowed me to sit in on a Mergers & Acquisitions lecture course, which will prove useful considering it is one of DPW’s largest areas of practice.

My future: I plan on going to law school after a year or two at DPW. My experience there will certainly help me finalize my decision to attend law school. What better way to see what life as an attorney will be like than to work at a top law firm for a year or two? I also can’t wait to experience life in New York City!