Albany Law School will delay opening until 11am due to the weather.
Oceanside, Calif., native Jennifer Uhl ’19 has lived and
worked in Seattle, Los Angeles, Austin and Minneapolis before landing in Albany
in 2011 and deciding to call it home soon after that.
Copywriting for websites from city to city for a range of
clients, Uhl believes the experience helped her prepare for law school. “I
became good at selling a position for someone else,” she said, noting sample
clients like an engineering company and a law firm.
Once in the Capital Region, she started thinking about a
career in law. She interned at Laura
Darling ’10 Law, Troy, N.Y., as a paralegal and loved the work, prompting her
to consider the next logical step – exploring law school.
After applying to law schools, she received full scholarship
offers, but they failed to lure her from the region.
“I love it here,” she said. “Albany Law School has changed
my life. I do everything that they allow me to do,” she joked. At the moment she has an internship writing
appellate briefs for the Schenectady County D.A.’s Office of Appeals and
“This role is teaching me to be a better lawyer,” she said.
“I search for appealable issues, I look for mistakes, and I recognize best-practice
At the same time, she wants to explore public defender
opportunities, and elder law has caught her attention. “I want to feel good and
practice with an open heart.”
She volunteers for the Veteran’s Law Day events, the
students’ Animal Legal Defense Fund, and takes a lead role in the annual Senior
Citizen’s Law Day.
“As a paralegal, a nurse contacted the law firm about an
elderly patient that seemed to be treated suspiciously by her family,” she
explained. “Something felt a ‘little off’ to the nurse. We quickly learned that
her children were abusing her, essentially stealing her money. . . . It’s
overwhelming when you are involved in something like that. It felt great to be
able to help this person.”
Now living in Saratoga Springs, Uhl expects to stay in the
region after law school. “It’s a great community, I’ve made a lot of friends.
There are so many amazing alumni all around who I already know, and I feel so
fortunate for their support.”