- Tell us a little bit about your military background
My name is Jaclyn Imperati. I joined the Marine Corps Reserve in August 2006 as an 0612 Field Wireman with the 6th Communications battalion in New York. I was deployed to Al Taqaddum, Iraq with the 9th Communications battalion from February to August of 2008. I completed my service as a Corporal.
- Where are you attending law school, and what drew you to want to pursue it?
I am attending Touro Law Center in Central Islip, NY. Well, I have a very strong… desire, urge, pull… to serve and protect. I have my Bachelors from St. John’s University in Homeland Security, I also have my Masters in Criminal Justice, focus on Homeland Security. My original goal was to obtain a law enforcement position within the federal government, under the DHS umbrella. I was applying and going through application processes when I obtained a job with the TSA as a screening officer. I took the job believing it would be my “foot in the door” and also increase my retirement time while I continued other avenues. While I was working for TSA, I discovered I needed a pacemaker. This has disqualified me from basically all law enforcement positions. Upon graduation, a lot of my colleagues had studied for and taken the LSAT and many were struggling. Since I am a veteran I can take many of these tests for free, so I took it as sort of a joke to see what the issue was. I did well on the exam and left it on the back burner.
Once I found out I needed the pacemaker – I applied to law schools. Finding out I needed the pacemaker and knowing my life goals were being halted came close to crushing me, but like a Marine I was too stubborn to not go down without a fight. So now, I am fighting my way through law school in hopes to be able to help law enforcement/veterans from the other side of the table.
- What were some of the biggest challenges in your transition from the Marine Corps to law school?
I don’t think I have had many challenges with the “transition” other than the mental frustration I feel when civilians complain about things that I would never dream about complaining about. Getting up for an 8 am class, have 3 classes in one day, the heavy textbooks on their backs… I think being in the Marine Corps has made my life “easier” in that way because now those little things are exactly that, little things that I don’t even think about. It’s also helps me keep my head on straight when I have to pull all-nighters to complete outlines and final projects. While this isn’t healthy behavior to do on a regular basis, I do know how to treat my body when doing these things.