Profeta was born and raised in Miami and has a Cuban-American/Jewish background. She attended Florida State University (FSU), where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Sciences with a minor in Law and Society. Profeta learned about family dynamics, and the science behind child and parental development, and decided she wanted to represent children and their well-being.
During her time at FSU, Virginia was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, where she developed an interest in attending law school. Profeta also interned at two different law firms: BeharBehar Insurance and Commercial Law Firm, and Fournier Family Law Firm.
She took a gap year between graduating from FSU and starting Stetson, during which time she took the LSAT exam and worked as a substitute teacher for Miami-Dade County Public Schools (primarily at a K-8 center).
Profeta started Stetson in Fall 2021. She was originally interested in pursuing family law to work in the adoption and foster care industries. However, she was introduced to the field of higher education law by Professor Peter Lake, the director of the Center of Excellence in Higher Education Law & Policy (the only center for higher education law in the nation).
Recently, Profeta was offered the position of Center Fellow. She will be working directly under Lake and act as the student representative for the Center. With this fellowship, Profeta will also be helping to organize the Center’s Annual National Conference on Law and Higher Education.
Additionally at Stetson, Profeta is the secretary of the Jewish Law Student Association and a member of the Hispanic Bar Association. This past summer, Profeta interned with Grand River Solutions as a Title IX and Equity intern, conducting research projects and preparing documentation.
With Profeta’s externship this semester, she hopes to get firsthand experience working as a general counsel for a college—a future career to which she aspires.