Success story: Zach Perron accepted to Duke Law

The path Zach Perron (GSB ’14) is taking to the Duke University School of Law led through Fordham’s freshman business course, The Ground Floor.

In his first year at the Gabelli School, Zach attended a business-law-related Ground Floor lecture given by Professor Elizabeth Pinho-Cosenza, giving him early confirmation of his interest in a legal career. Taking the Legal Framework of Business course with Professor Dennis Cappello solidified the idea.

When Zach decided to apply to law school this year, leaving Fordham one year early to pursue the next stage of his education, he was accepted by Duke, his top choice.

“I want to further study the relationship between law and business,” Zach said. “I am interested in how legal policy shapes corporate decision-making and investments.”

Why Duke? Zach said that the school has highly regarded programs in corporate law and litigation, not to mention a strong job-placement record — a critical advantage in an era where the availability of law jobs is waning. He said Duke also helps its law students gain practical experience through clinics and externships.

A finance major with a minor in economics, Zach has held a few internships already, working in the litigation department at BDO and in the wealth management area at Aegis Capital. His BDO experience gave him some of his first legal experience, as he studied new regulations and reviewed case complaints.

“As a corporate lawyer, I want to provide legal advice on IPOs, debt offerings, M&A financing and private equity transactions,” Zach said. “I am confident that my finance and economics education will be a valuable asset in law school.”

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