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Berkeley College alumna Tyleana Venable

Graduate's Growing Legal Career Begins at Berkeley College



Berkeley College alumna Tyleana Venable


Tyleana Venable graduated from Berkeley College with a B.S. in Justice Studies – Criminal Justice in 2014, and is currently working toward her J.D. at State University of New York at Buffalo. The classes she took while attending Berkeley College in White Plains, NY, gave her practical experience that she applies to her growing career in law. “Without those courses, I am not sure I would be where I am today,” Ms. Venable said.

While attending SUNY Buffalo to earn her J.D., which she expects to complete in 2018, Ms. Venable is also working as a law clerk for the Greenburgh Town Attorney’s office in Greenburgh, NY. She also served as a Collaborative Learning Experience Peer Leader and a Peer Tutor at Berkeley College when she was taking classes.

As she continues to focus on building a successful law career, Ms. Venable also aspires to return to Berkeley College as a professor. “I want to give students the same exceptional experience I had in college,” she said.

Up Close with Tyleana Venable

What does success mean to you?

Getting out of your comfort zone and traveling difficult roads until you reach a beautiful destination.

What initially inspired you to enroll in Berkeley College?

The campus in White Plains, NY, is located near many prominent law firms. Its small size allows each student to receive a very personalized experience. Berkeley College also allows students to take summer courses.

How did Berkeley College prepare you for success?

Berkeley College has a curriculum geared toward practical experience. The computer courses taught me how to utilize programs used in offices around the world in a proficient manner. Furthermore, I took a public speaking course, which really helped me thrive during my first year of law school.

In which way(s) do you see yourself being successful in the future?

I see myself as a partner in a global firm, breaking race and gender barriers, and helping others achieve the same opportunities.

What advice would you offer today’s college-bound students?

Don’t be afraid to be afraid. Face your fears and rise! Be sure to make connections with your professors because they are exceptional individuals willing to help you not only through college, but throughout your career.

What was your most memorable moment at Berkeley College?

I will never forget my first day of class at Berkeley. I was anxious and excited, and felt a real sense of satisfaction after class was finished. That feeling never left me throughout my time at Berkeley College.