First Gen Fireside Chat: Legal Insights with 3L Ferrell Townsend CAS ’12 of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

In celebration of First Gen Week at Penn, Career Services is highlighting experiences, perspectives and advice from first gen professionals in various career fields.

Interested in learning about the life of a law student? Join us for a Fireside Chat Zoom Conversation with alum and 3rd year law student, Ferrell Townsend CAS ’12.
Tuesday, November 9th, 2021
12:30p – 1:00p
LIVE via Zoom

** Want to listen on your own time? All registrants will receive a link to the interview.**

Ferrell Townsend is a current 3rd-year law student at Villanova Law School. He is from Rockingham, North Carolina, the youngest child in a large family, and the first to attend college and law school. At Villanova Law, he is a member of the Villanova National Trial Team, a member of the Federalist Society, a Property Law Teaching Assistant, and the former Alumni Relations Chair for the Student Bar Association. He aspires to work in Bankruptcy Litigation post graduation. Prior to attending Villanova Law, he worked at Penn Career Services in the Graduate & Professional School Advising department. He assisted in advising undergraduate students applying to medical school, law school, and other graduate programs. Before working at Penn Career Services, he attended the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Additionally, he was the Vice President of SPEC, a brother in the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, a Peer Advisor for the College of Arts & Sciences, and a Peer Counsel for PFP students. His Junior year, he was inducted into the Friars Senior Society and currently serves as a member of the Graduate Board for Friars.

What three adjectives would you use to describe the culture at Charles Widger School of Law?

Virtue, Unity, Community.

How does Charles Widger School of Law foster mentorship for first generation students? (i.e. organizations, clubs, programming or special initiatives, etc.)

First Gen Law Student Association

What unique qualities do you think first gen students bring to the legal community?

Adaptability and drive to succeed despite the difficult path and odds.

How could a student highlight their unique experiences or qualities during the law school application process?

Describe the goals you set for yourself and how you obtained those goals despite the improbable odds against your success.

By Ariana Alexander
Ariana Alexander Associate Director, Graduate School Advising