Traci Jones '15 found her summer internship with the Albany County District Attorney's Special Victims Unit so fulfilling that she asked to stay on for the fall semester. The DA's office appreciated her work and commitment so much that they agreed.
"My heart is there with those attorneys. They provide me with so many examples of how to practice law well," said Jones, who worked on domestic violence, rape and sexual assault cases.
Her internship has also enriched her classroom experience, especially Evidence with Professor Michael Hutter.
"Professor Hutter's class helps put all of my experiences at the DA's office into context," said Jones. "The combination of classroom and real-world experience helps me understand all of the angles.
Jones expects to further expand her in-the-field experience by joining the Family Violence Litigation Clinic for the spring semester, as well as identifying another internship for next summer to learn new skills in a different location.
A native of Woodbridge, Va., Jones earned her undergraduate degree in criminal justice from Virginia State University.
"Law school was always my plan," she said, "and I always wanted to practice law in New York state. I definitely want to work in criminal law in the public sector, possibly in a DA's office or a public defender’s office."
At the law school, Jones is active in BLSA, and she served this year as a section advisor for the new class. Mentoring new law students is one of her priorities for her time at Albany Law.
"We have to learn an entirely new way of thinking here," Jones said. "1Ls need to be supported as they make that transition, and it is important to me that I provide some of that support."