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Berkeley College alumna Melissa Acosta-Amarante

Graduate’s Years of Legal Experience Started at Berkeley College



Berkeley College alumna Melissa Acosta-Amarante


Melissa Acosta-Amarante has nearly 16 years of experience as a Paralegal. Her preparation for a successful career in law began with taking classes at Berkeley College.

A resident of Maywood, NJ, Ms. Acosta-Amarante had been working as a file clerk at the law firm Gibbons PC when she decided to attend Berkeley College, graduating in 2000 with an A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies. She also earned a B.A. in Justice Studies and a Paralegal Certificate from Montclair State University in 2009.

Ms. Acosta-Amarante learned the necessary skills to grow as a Paralegal from professors like Jacqueline L. Nosenchuk-Bosquett, who passed in 2006. “She was an amazing professor and attorney,” Ms. Acosta-Amarante said. “She prepared her students for the real world, and most certainly had a huge impact on me.”

Shortly after graduating, Gibbons PC promoted Ms. Acosta-Amarante to a Paralegal position. She went on to work at law firms, including Lowenstein Sandler in Roseland, NJ, and McCarter & English in Newark, NJ. Today she is an Estate Administration Paralegal at Wilentz, Goldman and Spitzer. Based out of their offices in Woodbridge, NJ, Ms. Acosta-Amarante administers high net worth estates under attorney supervision. She is also a licensed New Jersey real estate agent, and serves as a New Jersey Notary and a Notary Signing Agent, working per diem for banks to notarize paperwork for refinance or purchase of homes.

Up Close with Melissa Acosta-Amarante

What does success mean to you?

Success means reaching a level of happiness in your life. It not only pertains to financial success, but also how you overcome obstacles to reach that level of achievement.

What initially inspired you to enroll in Berkeley College?

The fact that Berkeley College puts an emphasis on career success and provides career counseling opportunities.

How did Berkeley College prepare you for success?

The courses I took at Berkeley College helped guide me through taking the necessary steps toward my career as a Paralegal. Jacqueline L. Nosenchuk-Bosquett in particular made a positive, lasting impact on me. She would give everyday examples to help students relate, and would incorporate role play in her classes, in addition to lessons from the textbooks.

Berkeley College’s career counselors also showed me what type of skill sets law offices were looking for, and provided information about local opportunities.

In which ways do you see yourself being successful in the future?

I see myself possibly owning many rental properties, and establishing a small business that provides trust and estate per diem support to attorneys.

What advice would you give to college-bound students?

Follow your dreams. Set a goal and achieve it!

What was your most memorable moment at Berkeley College?

Meeting friends who are successful in their own rights. I am happy to have shared this experience with them.