Career Goal upon Graduation:
Although I am not entirely sure what area of law I would like to practice as of right now, my end goal is to secure a job that allows me to help others and feel fulfilled at the end of my day. As a 1L, I am very new to the law school experience, but I am looking forward to taking advantage of the many opportunities available to us as Albany Law students, such as spending time in one of our clinics and doing pro bono work for my first year elective class.
What has been your most meaningful experience thus far?
During orientation week, I volunteered with some of my peers at In Our Own Voices Inc. and it was the best way to end orientation week. We got to chat with one another about our lives outside of law school while working together to help the Albany Community. We laughed, we learned more about each other, but most importantly, we experienced all of this while helping others. Some of the people I volunteered with are now some of my closest friends.
What insight can you give prospective students about Albany Law?
The next three years are going to be some of the hardest years of your life, so do yourself a favor and choose a law school that feels like home. There are a lot of important things to consider when deciding where to go to law school, but my best advice is, if you have that "this is my place" gut feeling, listen. Your experience in law school is all about what you make of it, so choose a school where you can see yourself growing. The professors, faculty, and students will quickly become your family at this school, so if you are someone who benefits from the support of a warm and welcoming community, Albany Law is your school. Whether it be TA making time to meet with you for 10 minutes between their classes, or a faculty member giving you a blanket when you are cold, every person on this campus genuinely wants to help you succeed. Albany Law is unique in that the school sits in our capital district. There are countless internship opportunities available to Albany Law students, and in your later years, job opportunities. The school has a very well-known moot court program with many different competitions that take place throughout the year. The judges of these competitions are all lawyers- sometimes even judges- who work in the Albany area and they are eager to connect students with opportunities. One of my professors told my class that the two finalists in one of the moot court competitions last year were offered jobs on the spot by the judge of their competition, who works as a judge in Albany. These esteemed members of the Albany Legal Community are frequently on campus judging competitions and attending events.
Why did you choose Albany Law?
Before becoming a student here, I attended several events, each of which left me feeling like I found my home away from home. No other school came close to Albany when measuring the things that meant the most in my decision. I traveled hundreds of miles doing my due diligence, but no matter where I visited, my heart always brought me back to Albany; you simply cannot fake the genuine sense of community that flows through these halls. No matter how tired I am, I leave this campus every day knowing that I made the right choice. Albany Law school is my home away from home.