Shanita Nicholas, Admissions Counselor (Law)

Shanita Nicholas

Academic Background

J.D., Columbia Law School
B.S., Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science
MBA, Columbia Business School

Academic Background

Shanita Nicholas graduated with her Juris Doctor from the Columbia University Law School. While in law school, Shanita was a student advisor to the Columbia Entrepreneurship program. During law school, Shanita externed with Barington Capital, an activist hedge fund, where she reported directly to the General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to law school, Shanita attended the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.

Work Experience

Shanita started her career as an IT consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton before attending graduate school. After graduation, she joined the New York office of Simpson Thacher & Barlett LLP in the derivatives and mergers and acquisition departments where her clients were mostly bulge bracket private equity firms and banking institutions. Shanita had the opportunity to work in a secondment at Barclays Capital in the legal team supporting the derivatives floor. She moved to Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Los Angeles, where she worked on middle market private equity mergers and acquisitions deals. She most recently joined Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP to work with startup clients in the Southern California startup ecosystem.

What I like most about being a Stratus Law School Admissions Counselor:

Stratus allows me to pass along my knowledge and experiences to clients that are looking to step into the next journey of their academic and professional careers. I’ve spent most of my professional career drafting language that is impactful and efficient, which is a skillset I am able to pass along to clients in helping them finalize essays.

One piece of advice I would share with someone who is applying to law school:

When choosing recommendations, think about individuals that are able to truly speak to your work and, in particular, to your ability to learn difficult concepts and your exceptional writing talents. These are both important skills to have honed prior to law school and will be large factors in determining how successful you will be as a law student. Often times these types of recommendations will come from professors that you’ve had the opportunity to get to know during your undergraduate program but they can also be from people that you’ve worked with at internships or volunteer programs.

3 Random Facts:

  • I won the Ms. SEAS competition in 2008 for the Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Science.
  • When I worked for the Department of Defense I was given a military Humvee to drive around as my corporate car.
  • I pitched my top investment idea to Henry Kravis at a lunch in his office.