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Maintaining a Familiarly Feverish Pace

Daniel Mita, Class of 2016

Daniel MitaOnce experienced real estate developer Daniel Mita had decided to go to law school, he knew that he wanted to complete his JD as quickly as possible.

Working for a company that redeveloped abandoned commercial and industrial sites, known as brownfields, from Philadelphia to Newport, R.I., Dan had gotten a close-up view of many different business, policy and legal issues. 

“I really did enjoy the legal side,” said Dan, who had majored in American Studies at Georgetown University before launching his first career.

He’d glimpsed yet more legal issues while serving on the board of Variety – The Children’s Charity of Greater Philadelphia, a non-profit organization that serves disabled children and youth. 

Dan chose to enroll in the Kline School of Law’s inaugural Fast Forward class, which would satisfy his twin goals of earning a JD and doing so in two years’ time.   

“I liked the prospect of graduating before my 31st birthday,” he said. “A year really does make a difference.”

After six years of professional life and community service, Dan knows what it’s like to work hard and put in the long hours that will enable him to graduate from law school two years after starting.

“It’s not going to be a change of pace,” he said. “It’s going to be a total change of thinking.”