Outstanding Law Student of the Month Award

Swati Malik

December 2014  

The VLP is pleased to announce that Swati Malik has been selected as our Outstanding Law Student Volunteer for the month of December 2014.  Swati is an LLM student who currently participates in the VLP’s Bankruptcy Reaffirmation project.  In the past, she also volunteered at our Self-Service Center project.  During the time she’s been a student at the University of Arizona’s College of Law, Swati has demonstrated a commitment to helping clients in need, and we’re grateful for the time she’s donated to the VLP!

Swati is from India.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LL.B.) at O.P. Jindal Global University at Sonipat, NCR of Delhi, India.  During this time, she was the footnote editor for her school’s law review, participated on the school’s moot court team, and graduated first in her class with distinction.  She was also a legal intern for several firms in New Delhi, India including Sibal & Co., PXV Law Partners, and the Human Rights Law Network. 

Once she finished her LL.B., Swati decided to enroll in the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law’s Advanced JD program. After completing her AJD, Swati remained at the U of A to obtain her LLM.  During her time at the U of A, Swati was a student attorney in the school’s Immigration Law Clinic and was a legal intern with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office – Public Advocacy and Civil Rights Division. 

When asked about her favorite professor at the U of A, Swati said that this honor belongs to Professor Barbara Atwood, who teaches family law.  She enjoyed Professor Atwood’s teaching methodology and classroom discusses about the evolving issues in family law.

As an AJD student, Swati decided to volunteer in the VLP’s Self-Service Center Project to complement her family law studies.  And, this semester, Swati participated in the VLP’s Bankruptcy Reaffirmation Project.  She decided to volunteer because she wanted to engage in pro bono work, gain experience in the courtroom, and work directly with clients.  Volunteering has given Swati “insight on how lawyers can make a difference.”  According to Swati, going to law school and being a lawyer provides her with the opportunity to “make a difference in society and [to] help the disadvantaged” in our community.

In her free time, Swati likes to watch Suits, Scandal, Supernatural, and Once Upon a Time.  She also loves to paint, sketch, and to read historical fiction, citing Jane Austin as her favorite author.  Her favorite restaurants in Tucson are Café Poca Cosa and B-Line, and her most enjoyable vacations were spent visiting Venice, Italy, and Goa, India.

In the future, Swati would love to work for a non-profit organization that focuses on family law or immigration issues.  She would also like to participate in policy making.

Thank you, Swati, for volunteering with the VLP!