Originally, as an undergraduate student at the
University majoring in General Business with a
concentration in International Business, Alex
planned to pursue an MBA to further his business career. But as he became interested in the
study of law and the idea of a more well-rounded education, he took advantage of the
combined JD/MBA degree program. Alex views
the program as a way to not only challenge himself, but to prepare him to enter a career in law
and business at full acceleration.
As he hopes to build a career in international business
and the field of law, particularly in the soccer industry,
Alex has already secured a solid foundation in international practices. In addition to taking part in the School
of Law’s winter session trip to Israel, Alex also landed a
prestigious internship with the U.S. Consulate in Milan
for the semester. He was inspired by the daughter of a
family friend who had recently completed a similar
internship. After researching and submitting his applications, Alex was offered positions in Milan, Florence,
Rome, and the Vatican City. However, it was the Milan
posting that most interested him.
Coming from a large Italian family, Alex sees the benefit of international experience and knowledge.
“My mom is from Italy, and I’ve visited family there,
which has really broadened my perspective to what it is
like to be part of multiple cultures,” he explained. “We live
in a global environment today, and I believe that having
some sort of understanding and respect to another’s culture
and ways can only benefit someone, especially someone
like me, who seeks to work on an international scale.”
While expanding his breadth and depth of experience
abroad, Alex has also worked to expand his involvement in
the University community. His love of sports led him to
become athletics director of the Student Bar Association
and to be charged with organizing the 41st Annual Western
New England University School of Law Basketball Invita-
tional, a solid experience in planning and running a large-
scale event. Alex is also on the executive board of the
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, where he
spent significant energy on executing a fundraising banquet
to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
He has also found a unique way to give back to the
School of Law by taking on its social media accounts. He
has worked on developing methods to improve outreach
to potential and current students, as well as alumni.
While working in this position, he had the opportunity to
collaborate with Dean Eric Gouvin to resurrect the
respected Lex Brevis newspaper.
He considers working on Lex Brevis to be one of the
most difficult challenges he has encountered. Despite having no experience in running a newspaper, Alex’s ability to
learn quickly on the job helped him successfully rebuild
the publication from scratch with the support of a dedicated staff and Editor-in-Chief Amara Ridley.
Alex says his varied experiences at the School have not
only enriched his education and worldview, but also build
upon his strengths and identify weaknesses in a
productive way. But as is often the case at Western New
England, it’s the people that make attending law school a
more exceptional endeavor.
“The thing that makes this law school special is the
new connections and relationships that I have made,” said
Alex. “I have met so many
new friends and can say
for sure that I will have
lasting relationships with
each of them. There are so
many ambitious individuals here, and the people
around me help motivate
me to become better and
reach new levels that I
never knew that I was
capable of reaching.” ◆
When Alex Mazzella 2L considers his future in business and law, he doesn’t see himself
changing a city, state, or nation. He seeks to have an impact on a global scale, an aspiration
that is increasingly critical as our cultures and relations become more intertwined.