“Although I graduated, Ramapo College will always have a tremendously special place in my heart. At Ramapo, I felt comfortable, welcomed, encouraged, and supported enough to grow as a student, leader, and individual. Through the excellent quality of education, various offerings of legal and experiential opportunities, and attentive care and support of faculty and administration, I was able to develop skills that I can consistently build upon and translate into my work in the legal field. I am immensely grateful that I was able to meet all of the different people I met at Ramapo because I had many mentors that guided me throughout the law school application process and journey as a first-generation law student, and I made friendships that will last for a lifetime. I would not be the woman I am today without the experiences and knowledge that I have gained at Ramapo. The community, campus, and education at Ramapo make being a Roadrunner a valuable experience.” – Anjali Patel ’22 graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Society and triple minors in Political Science, American Studies, and Civic & Community Leadership.
Beginning in Fall 2023, she will attend Rutgers University Law School on the Newark campus to pursue a Juris Doctorate degree as a first-generation law student as a member of the Class of 2026. She is a member of the Rutgers Minority Student Program (MSP). Anjali has worked as a Lawyer Intern with the Music in Everything (MIE) Corporation specializing in entertainment and copyright law, Law Clerk Intern with Kenneth Vercammen & Associates, P.C. specializing in criminal, municipal, and elder law, a Legislative Intern for the Office of State Senator Vin Gopal, and a Policy Intern for the NJ State Government’s Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE).
While at Ramapo, Anjali was heavily involved on campus. She was the Student Government Association (SGA) President from May 2020-2022 and the Editor-in-Chief of the Ramapo Journal of Law & Society (RJOLAS). In addition to SHA and RJOLAS, Anjali was involved in the Democracy Matters Club, South Asian Club as the Secretary, Building a Better Tomorrow Club as the Club Outreach Chair, NAACH Dance Club, Ramapo Green, the Disciplinary Review Board, the Academic Integrity Review Board, and Sophomores Advancing in Leadership (SAIL). Anjali was an Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority Sister and Fall 2021 Secretary, an Order of Omega Member, a Gamma Sigma Alpha Member, an Alpha Lambda Delta Member and 2019 Vice President, an Omicron Delta Kappa Member, and a Sigma Alpha Pi Member.
She received the following awards and honors: 2022 Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for Law & Society, 2022 Runner-Up for Best LAWS Senior Thesis, 2022 Pillars Award Recipient, Commitment to Exemplary Community Engagement Award, SSHS Honor Guard for Undergraduate Commencement, 2022 SSHS Scholar’s Day Presenter, Honors Program Graduate, Dean’s List Recipient, 2022 and 2021 Hiden Family College Honors Scholarship Recipient, 2022 Police Officer Michael J. Buczek Memorial Scholarship Recipient, 2021 and 2020 Outstanding Leadership Award, 2021 Ramapo Book Prize for Academic Excellence, 2021 and 2020 Angelo Tarallo Memorial Scholarship Recipient, 2019 CSI Most Improved Organization of the Year Award.