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Student Among 10 in the Nation to Receive Corporate Legal Operations Scholarship

Rising 3L Syed Nayef Andrabi was one of 10 law students in the U.S. to receive a full scholarship to attend the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) in May in Las Vegas. Since January, Andrabi has been an extern in the legal department at Oracle Corporation, where he works with the knowledge management team on projects that have exposed him to multiple practice groups, in the company including commercial, corporate, and privacy.

CLOC is a non-profit professional association with a mission to help legal operations professionals and other core corporate legal industry players (e.g. tech providers, law firms, LPO’s, law schools, etc.) to optimize the legal service delivery models needed to support the needs of small, medium and large legal departments. This is the fourth year for the scholarships, which are awarded based on scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership abilities, academic and personal goals, and the applicant’s essay about goals and career plans. Eligible students include those who are enrolled in a graduate degree (J.D., MBA, and other) program with a business focus as it relates to the practice of law.

“I chose a career in law because I wanted to work with clients that I could forge strategic relationships with to promote mutual growth in both legal and business spheres,” says Andrabi. “The lawyers who inspired me possessed an entrepreneurial spirit and could produce solutions that would mitigate legal risk while also providing a unique business judgment that showed an understanding of the client. My passion for law continues to grow as I am continuously challenged and required to think creatively—be it in class or at work.”

Attending the CLOC Institute will enable Andrabi to explore the value of legal operations and hear from CLOC members and attendees as they share their knowledge of how CLOC and its members are changing the legal industry.

The scholarship also includes one-year membership to CLOC’s member-driven community which will allow Andrabi to engage with CLOC members, learn from those who are changing the industry, and participate in the educational opportunities that CLOC provides. In addition, a regional leader mentor in the CLOC community will help guide Andrabi throughout the school year, and he will have the opportunity to participate in CLOC regional meetings.