Duquesne University School of Law

Eduardo J. Benatuil

Hometown: 
Caracas, Venezuela
Graduation Year: 
2018

 

Undergraduate Degree

Carnegie Mellon University, 2011
B.S. in Economics, with an additional major in International Relations and Policy 

Why did you choose Duquesne University School of Law?

I chose Duquesne for the opportunity to continue advancing my professional career and obtain my J.D. as an evening student at the same time.

Have you received scholarships? If so, which?

  • Rob Vega Memorial Scholarship
  • Law School Academic Scholarship
  • Milton Raiford Scholarship
  • John Sciullo Scholarship
  • Law Alumni Scholarship

What are your practice-area interests?

I am interested in civil litigation and immigration law.  

What is your favorite law school class or professor?

I greatly enjoyed Civil Procedure and Legal Research and Writing.  

Which law student organizations and/or publications are you involved with?

I am a junior editor on the Duquesne Law Review. I also participate in the Student Ambassador Program, the Hispanic American Student Bar Association, the international law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta, and the Public Interest Law Association.  

What work experiences have you had? 

I am currently working as a risk specialist at a financial institution in Pittsburgh, focusing on third-party risk management. Prior to this experience, I clerked at Robb Leonard Mulvihill LLP, a law firm in Pittsburgh and also worked as a business analyst at a healthcare company. As a recipient of a McGinley Public Law Fellowship at Duquesne a year ago, I served as a judicial extern for the Supreme Court of Costa Rica.

Tell us about working for the Supreme Court of Costa Rica.

It was a wonderful experience that allowed me to put my legal research and writing skills to practice, allowing me to draft opinions, motions, and protective orders, in Spanish, for the highest judicial body of a foreign country. I also learned a lot about the civil/Roman law system, and how constitutional issues are adjudicated within it, which contrasts greatly with what I knew and learned about the American model of constitutional law and constitutional adjudication.  

What advice would you give to incoming law students?

What you put into your law school experience is what you will get out of it. Make the best of every class, networking event, career services event, and opportunity to learn or experience something new.  

What might people be surprised to know about you?

English is my second language.