Vice President and Counsel, State Street Corporation, Boston
A native of Taiwan, Jay Wang ’08 came to law school with an open mind — ready to explore the possibilities.
“I have a deep interest in history, politics and justice, so law school was a natural choice for me,” he explains. “When I entered Northeastern, I wanted to get a broad range of legal experience and see where it took me.”
Jay did that through a variety of co-ops, ultimately honing in on corporate law as his area of interest. Today, he works in-house at Axiom Pharmaceutical Corporation, a multinational Fortune 500 company. His responsibilities include drafting and negotiating software licensing agreements as well as manufacturing and supply agreements.
“I like that I interact directly with clients because I’m in house. I like learning what the business is doing and advising on different matters — because my role isn’t defined as purely legal.”
This co-op gave Jay the chance to see how lawyers interact with judges and how the legal system works in this country.
Jay represented a client and was ultimately successful in helping that client secure unemployment benefits.
Jay worked with a small in-house legal department on everything from employee issues to artist contracts to music copyright issues.
Jay’s co-op with a large firm — in their corporate practice group — shifted his interest toward corporate law.