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Student Ambassadors

Medea Asatiani

Graduation Year
2023
Hometown
Kutaisi, Georgia
Undergraduate School
Hunter College
Undergraduate Major
Religious Studies and English Literature
E-mail

Career Goal upon Graduation:
I would like to serve my community. I am not sure in what capacity I will be doing this, but I am exploring my options.

What has been your most meaningful experience thus far?
I love being part of my section. My section is very diverse, and every single person has had an amazing journey to law school. They inspire me to be a better student and person.

What insight can you give prospective students about Albany Law?
Ask for help when you need it. Reach out to faculty, your TAs, and classmates. Albany Law is a community first and foremost. I would advise you to immerse yourself in this community.

Why did you choose Albany Law?
Albany Law is a small school with a big heart. The community at Albany Law is unique. I felt this when I first visited law school. I only applied to Albany Law because I wanted to be part of this wonderful community.

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Esther Asiedu

Graduation Year
2024
Hometown
Yonkers, NY
Undergraduate School
University at Albany, SUNY
Undergraduate Major
Criminal Justice and Sociology
E-mail

Career Goal upon Graduation:
I plan on finding a career that does meaningful work in the Immigration or Criminal Law field. However, I am open to other opportunities.

What has been your most meaningful experience thus far?
Meeting so many different types of people in my classes, as well as making connections with professors and faculty. Every faculty member that I have met was willing to lend a hand in whatever way they could and that has helped me tremendously.

What insight can you give prospective students about Albany Law?
I would advise a prospective law student to take the time to be a part of this community, there are many events to meet new people, make connections, and learn about different areas of law. Also, be open to exploring other areas of law while keeping in mind your initial interest in law, you will be surprised at what may pique your interest.

Why did you choose Albany Law?
I chose Albany Law because of the many opportunities in the City of Albany and the sense of community that I experienced during my visits while deciding on law schools. After meeting so many people in this community and hearing of the unique programs this school has to offer, it was an easy decision.

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Colin Baker

Graduation Year
2025
Hometown
Delmar, NY
Undergraduate School
Binghamton University
Undergraduate Major
B.A., Political Science & M.P.A., Master of Public Administration
E-mail

Career Goal upon Graduation:
I look forward to using my J.D. as a tool for fairness, justice, and equity. I am passionate about my community and serving its most dire needs and interests. My background is in Political Science and Public Administration and with the addition of a degree in law, I aspire to consider how the law interacts with our public institutions and government framework to better achieve shared public goals and objectives.

What has been your most meaningful experience thus far?
Volunteering for the Albany Law School Moot Court Program has been one of my most meaningful experiences thus far at Albany Law School. 1L students are only able to volunteer throughout the entirety of their first year, but during their 2L and 3L years students are able to compete in several different competitions hosted by the Moot Court Program. I served as a Bailiff twice during the Senior Prize Trials Competition, and was honored to have the opportunity to serve as a juror during the final round of the competition. This experience further enhanced my ambition to compete throughout my 2L and 3L year, as well as providing me valuable insight into the concepts of judicial advocacy and practical application of law and procedure.

What insight can you give prospective students about Albany Law?
Getting involved is the best way to make friends, foster relationships, and learn more about what interests you most. I am sure your parents, friends, advisors, and just about everyone else sharing in this unique experience with you have said the same thing, but it is true! Albany Law School is a collaborative environment, and students truly adhere to that common ideology. Going to events hosted by multi-cultural clubs, joining a sports team such as the Rugby Football Club or Golf Club, or becoming a member of the Student Association/Moot Court are just examples of the plethora of opportunities at Albany Law. I encourage students to take advantage of whatever they may be even slightly interested in because, often times, it leads to lifetime friendships and advantageous opportunities.

Why did you choose Albany Law?
I chose Albany Law School because it was close to home and it offered opportunities within the Capital Region of New York that fit my interests and career aspirations. Making the decision to become a member of the Albany Law School community is something I am immensely proud of. I encourage prospective students to speak to current students about their experiences, and to gain a stronger idea of the opportunities and support present at Albany Law School.

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Rebekah Carson

Graduation Year
December 2023
Hometown
Ravena
Undergraduate School
SUNY University at Albany
Undergraduate Major
Philosophy with a minor in Psychology
E-mail

Career Goal upon Graduation:
I hope to work in some government setting.

What has been your most meaningful experience thus far?
Albany Law School have overall been very helpful and understanding that I am non-traditional student. I am a mother and a wife. They have been very understanding that I may have outside commitments, such as taking my two-year old daughter to the doctors. I also was emancipated as a minor, financial aid has been so understanding and helpful when it comes to financial planning for my family.

What insight can you give prospective students about Albany Law?
No matter what, please do not let things stop you from going after your dreams. Many people have commitments outside of the classroom. Some people are mothers, husbands, caretakers, even employees. Everyone has outside lives and Albany Law School does so much for their students. As long as you have the drive they will do everything they can to ensure you can do this.

Why did you choose Albany Law?
I choose Albany Law because it was close to where I live with my family and it is in the Capital Region of New York.

Cassandra Carudo

Graduation Year
2023
Hometown
Suffern, NY
Undergraduate School
SUNY Oswego
Undergraduate Major
Economics and Marketing
E-mail

Career Goal upon Graduation:
While my goal is to pursue a career in public interest in New York State, and find a career that is fulfilling, I plan to keep an open mind to the opportunities that come my way while in law school.

What has been your most meaningful experience thus far?
I have only been here for one semester, but what is most meaningful to me so far is how willing the professors and teaching assistants are to go out of their way to help students. I always feel comfortable asking for help.

What insight can you give prospective students about Albany Law?
Work hard but take time for yourself. It’s important to have a good work-life balance, especially when you start acclimating to law school. Albany Law has a great community of students, faculty, and staff who are there to help you, so take advantage of them as resources.

Why did you choose Albany Law?
I felt that going to law school in the New York State Capital would put me in a position to be as intertwined with the law as possible. Additionally, I heard of the amazing reputation the law school has, which lives up to the expectations. Lastly, being close to home and family was an additional deciding factor.

Sophie Craig

Graduation Year
December 2023
Hometown
Syracuse, NY
Undergraduate School
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Undergraduate Major
Individual Major: “Policy, Inequality, and Childhood Education”
E-mail

Career Goal upon Graduation:
Hospital CEO

What has been your most meaningful experience thus far?
I have loved getting to know my classmates and professors on a personal level. It really feels like one big community at Albany Law. We are all in this together.

What insight can you give prospective students about Albany Law?
There are so many amazing opportunities at Albany Law. You will find new interests, make new friends, volunteer in school events, there is a lot to be involved in. The support at this school from your peers and professors is unlike anything I have been a part of. Everyone wants you to succeed and to have fun while doing it.

Why did you choose Albany Law?
I chose Albany Law because of the small class sizes, programs, opportunities, and the people. There are so many smiling faces, you can tell that students love it here. I also love that we are in the Capital District.

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Mia Dardanelli

Graduation Year
2023
Hometown
Glenville, NY
Undergraduate School
King's College
Undergraduate Major
Criminal Justice and Sociology
E-mail

Career Goal upon Graduation:
I have an open mind when it comes to my future career as I am interested in various areas of law.

What has been your most meaningful experience thus far?
My most meaningful experience has been working as an intern in the Justice Center. Making a positive impact on people's lives while still a student was very rewarding.

What insight can you give prospective students about Albany Law?
Treat being a student like a job-school work should not dominate your life. You'll have a much more positive law school experience if you take time away from school work. Also, reach out and make connections with your professors and TAs. They not only can help with course work but can help you navigate your career as well.

Why did you choose Albany Law?
I chose Albany Law because of Albany Law's reputation in the area and the network it could provide me with. Further, the Justice Center was a big draw for me. The professors really prepare students for real-life practice.

Gienabou Diallo

Graduation Year
2023
Hometown
Bronx, NY
Undergraduate School
University at Albany (SUNY), U.S Army Quartermaster School, Fort Lee, Virginia
Undergraduate Major
B.A in Africana Studies and Sociology; M.A. in African Studies with a concentration in Law and Policy
E-mail

Career Goal upon Graduation:
I joined the United States Army Reserves as a 92A logistical specialist two years ago, and upon graduation, I would like to pursue a future as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) in the military to ensure that all soldiers have their basic legal rights. I am also very passionate about helping others, so I'd like to pursue a career that would enable me to advocate for people who are marginalized and oppressed around the world.

What has been your most meaningful experience thus far?
This summer, I had the opportunity to serve as an Anderson Fellow with the Government Law Center. I worked alongside Professor Ava Ayers in conducting Election research, aided her with legislative drafting, and engaged in statutory research directly with the Common Council and Corporate Counsel at City Hall in preparation for litigation. It has been a wonderful experience, particularly because I was able to see how my classroom experience manifests itself in the real-world.

What insight can you give prospective students about Albany Law?
I would encourage prospective students to learn patience. It is okay to not know what you would like to pursue in the beginning of your law school career, however, with the right support systems around you, the journey will get easier. It is also very important to do your best and to remember that your best is always enough.

Why did you choose Albany Law?
I wanted to attend an institution that would allow me to be my authentic self and build on my experiences. After visiting Albany Law School, meeting with the staff, and talking with students, I felt like it provided me with a space where I could grow with a community, challenge myself, receive support and be around inspirational people. Albany Law School is also one of the top-ranking schools in public service law, so I felt that attending this institution would it provide me with many opportunities in our State capital. I am grateful to be part of this institution and I have no doubt that I will excel here.

Deana DiBenedetto

Graduation Year
2023
Hometown
Hannacroix, New York
Undergraduate School
Saint Michael’s College in Burlington, Vermont. Study programs at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David in Carmarthen, Wales, United Kingdom and American University in Washington, D.C.
Undergraduate Major
Political Science with a minor in Crime and Justice
E-mail

Career Goal upon Graduation:
Upon graduation, I hope to use my writing skills, public speaking abilities, and knowledge of the law to provide a voice for my future clients and solve the problems they may be facing.

What has been your most meaningful experience thus far?
I think the most meaningful experience I have had at Albany Law School has been connecting with my professors. Not only are the professors at Albany Law School academically gifted, but they are also distinguished leaders in their perspective fields. The conversations I have had with my professors about the subjects being taught in my courses have been incredibly interesting, have allowed me to apply what I have learned to the real world, and have also given me the opportunity to reflect upon my own career interests.

What insight can you give prospective students about Albany Law?
“A great flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.” – Zen Shin. The biggest advice I would give to incoming law students is to try their best not to give into the pressures of what I would like to call the “stereotypical law school student:” a cut-throat individual who is in competition with his/her/their peers and who is constantly downing espresso and studying from before dawn to past dusk. In order to better organize myself and thereby prevent myself from cracking under the pressures of law school, I bought myself an agenda book, which I have used to organize my schedule, document my accomplishments, set larger goals for each month, and create a list of tasks to achieve each day. I then would try to focus on tackling each task, one at a time. Worrying about everything that needed to be done at once overwhelmed me. Likewise, stressing about what my peers had done to prepare for class or how late my classmates had stayed up at night to complete their readings only prevented me from completing my assignments. I simply focused on my schedule and task list and worked to do the best I could each day. The biggest insight I think that I can give to incoming law students is to keep focused on each task at hand and work the hardest they can, and they will ultimately bloom where they plant themselves.

Why did you choose Albany Law?
I am from a small town about thirty-five minutes South of Albany, so I was familiar with the Capitol Region. When I pictured my future, I always thought that I would end up back in the area to attend Albany Law School. I am very close with my family, whom I live with and who serve as a strong support system for me throughout the stresses of law school. There is also so much opportunity for law students in the region because Albany Law School is the only law school strategically located in New York’s State Capitol.

Robert Hojnacki

Graduation Year
2023
Hometown
Rome, NY
Undergraduate School
University at Albany
Undergraduate Major
Political Science/ Business
E-mail

Career Goal upon Graduation:
While I have come to Albany Law with an open mind in terms of my future, I have always had a love for business so practicing corporate law is my goal.

What has been your most meaningful experience thus far?
My most meaningful experience has been joining the rugby team. Starting school in the middle of a pandemic made it difficult to meet people and try to adjust to law school. Once I joined the team, I instantly had a great support system and mentors who wanted to help me even in the virtual setting that we were in. The insight and guidance that the team provided helped me immensely and no questions I had went unanswered.

What insight can you give prospective students about Albany Law?
Law school may seem overwhelming at first, but you are never alone at Albany Law. The professors and staff will go above and beyond to help you in anyway possible. They understand what it’s like to be in law school, never hesitate to reach out for help!

Why did you choose Albany Law?
The opportunities and possibilities that come from living in the capital district of New York are endless and that made me instantly fall in love with Albany. Once I visited Albany Law and felt the welcoming atmosphere from the faculty and students I knew that this was the school that would help me succeed.

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Olimata Jobe

Graduation Year
2023
Hometown
Buffalo, New York
Undergraduate School
University at Albany, State University of New York
Undergraduate Major
Anthropology
E-mail

Career Goal upon Graduation:
Olimata intends to begin her career in private practice as a real estate, and land use attorney.

What has been your most meaningful experience thus far?
Olimata's most meaningful experience has been raising cultural awareness on campus and innovating the Inaugural Critical Race Theory Dialogue.

What insight can you give prospective students about Albany Law?
It is helpful to "know your why"- know why you want to become an attorney because it will help you navigate through tough times and stay focused.

Why did you choose Albany Law?
I chose Albany law school for the unique and infinite opportunities that lawyers have in the Capital Region. Albany Law School also provided me with the support that I needed as an unconventional law student with young kids and a growing family.

Chloe Montano

Graduation Year
2024
Hometown
Ventura, CA
Undergraduate School
California State University Channel Islands
Undergraduate Major
English
E-mail

Career Goal upon Graduation:
While I have an open mind about my career plans upon graduation, I am passionate about family law and intend to practice as a matrimonial and family law attorney.

What has been your most meaningful experience thus far?
My most meaningful experience at Albany Law has been joining the rugby team and getting involved with some of the different clubs the campus has to offer. I moved from across the country and felt lost those first couple of weeks, but these clubs introduced me to really great people who have become my closest friends and who have turned Albany into my home.

What insight can you give prospective students about Albany Law?
Law school is daunting and no matter how many times you've experienced the "first day" of school, it will still be intimidating. My advice is to push yourself outside your comfort zone and join clubs or sports that you've never tried or maybe never pictured yourself in. Be open to friendships with anyone and everyone as you never know who you might click with. You truly get what you give in any realm of life and Albany Law is a place full of people that have a lot to give if you put yourself out there.

Why did you choose Albany Law?
I chose Albany Law because I was looking to expand my horizons and really jump outside my comfort zone. Albany Law has so many great post-graduation opportunities and such a strong and supportive alumni. I felt confident that a J.D. from Albany Law would give me the skills to build a legal career I could be proud of. During the admissions cycle, Albany Law really made me feel like I was not only accepted but wanted. I knew moving away from everything I was accustomed with would be hard, but Albany Law made me feel like I would have a place to call home when I got here and that is exactly what it did.

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Finn O'Connell

Graduation Year
2025
Hometown
Bedford, Massachusetts
Undergraduate School
SUNY University at Albany
Undergraduate Major
Criminal Justice
E-mail

Career Goal upon Graduation:
I aspire to become a personal injury attorney. I want to be to help people in my career, not corporations. Before I came to Albany Law I worked as a paralegal at an investment management firm. While I am appreciative of my time there, I missed the human connection my work could do. After I graduate, I want to make a positive difference in people's lives.

What has been your most meaningful experience thus far?
Thus far, the networking events have provided with valuable opportunities to learn beyond the classroom. I have to thank the Albany Law Men's Rugby Football Club for connecting me with so many of our distinguished Alumni. I have learned so much from my professors, but the type of knowledge gained by speaking with professionals in the industry is unmatched.

What insight can you give prospective students about Albany Law?
I can attest to maintaining a work-life balance while at law school. I still have time to pursue and enjoy my hobbies, while I invest in my education and future. As an aspiring bodybuilder, I can manage my time enough to go to the gym six times a week, while still having plenty of time for reading, working, and networking at Albany Law School. While long nights in the library are inevitable, if your time is managed well you can still have time to destress and enjoy your hobbies.

Why did you choose Albany Law?
I went to undergrad at SUNY University at Albany. I wanted a chance to come back and learn in the capital region.

Joshua Paultre

Graduation Year
2023
Hometown
Rensselaer, NY
Undergraduate School
University at Albany 3+3 Program
Undergraduate Major
English
E-mail

Career Goal upon Graduation:
I have come to Albany Law with an open mind regarding my plans upon graduation. I am passionate about many fields of law from property and business to personal injury but will continue to remain open-minded and explore various areas through the diverse opportunities this school has to offer.

What has been your most meaningful experience thus far?
My most meaningful experience thus far has been the connections I have made with professors. They are available and always happy to see and help students out. Even when struggling to understand a difficult topic they take the time and show compassion when walking you through it.

What insight can you give prospective students about Albany Law?
Take advantage of the clubs and networking events Albany Law has to offer. There is so much support that comes not only from your colleagues and professors but even your career counselor and associations as well. Don't be afraid of not having an exact goal in mind. Albany Law helps guide your decision one step at a time.

Why did you choose Albany Law?
I chose Albany law because I was a student who likes to hit the ground running. Albany law gave me that opportunity through its partnership with University at Albany where I was able to save a year of education and follow my passion for law sooner rather than later. In addition because of Albany Law's location in New York State, reputation and connections with lawyers across the state, and the financial aid package to Suny Students, I knew Albany Law was for me.

Kyle Pittman

Graduation Year
2023
Hometown
Rochester, New York
Undergraduate School
The College at Brockport, SUNY
Undergraduate Major
Major: Political Science; Minor: International Studies
E-mail

Career Goal upon Graduation:
I have come to Albany Law with an open mind regarding my plans upon graduation. That being said, I am looking forward to taking a wide range of courses to decide what field I will approach in the future.

What has been your most meaningful experience thus far?
Thus far, my most meaningful memory is experiencing how approachable the Albany Law community is. Right from the first week of classes, I made meaningful relationships that will last beyond my time here at Albany Law.

What insight can you give prospective students about Albany Law?
Take advantage of the many opportunities Albany Law has to offer. There are plenty of groups and other societies that in-coming students can join. It makes the Law School experience more exciting when you get involved and make new relationships.

Why did you choose Albany Law?
Albany Law has an outstanding reputation for its student body, professors, and alumni. Everyone I have come across thus far is more than willing to help students grow not only in their studies but professionally as well. The School is also uniquely located to opportunities in New York City and Boston for those who wish to gravitate towards those popular areas.

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Zachary Reinstein

Graduation Year
2025
Hometown
Buffalo, NY
Undergraduate School
Florida State & University at Buffalo
Undergraduate Major
Political Science
E-mail

Career Goal upon Graduation:
My career goals upon graduation are to work at a personal injury firm in NYC.

What has been your most meaningful experience thus far?
My most meaningful experience thus far at Albany Law are the relationships I have created with my professors. All the professors here go above and beyond to form personal relationships with their students. The professors are all more than willing to take time out of their busy schedules to meet with you for any questions or concerns you may have.

What insight can you give prospective students about Albany Law?
Albany Law has a very small, but tight knit community. As someone who has always gone to larger institutions, I never have had the ability to truly understand the benefits one receives by going to a smaller institution. Albany Law forces you to form relationships with people you might not have before coming to law school.

Why did you choose Albany Law?
I chose Albany Law because of the admissions staff. The admissions staff were the first people I was introduced to at Albany Law. The way they welcomed me to the school and answered all of my families and I questions was extremely beneficial. The admissions staff left a lasting impression on me and was one of the deciding factors of why I chose Albany Law.

Claire Stratton

Graduation Year
2023
Hometown
Tyler, TX
Undergraduate School
University of Texas at Austin
Undergraduate Major
Sociology and English
E-mail

Career Goal upon Graduation:
I would like to become a litigator in New York City. I am most interested in civil rights, corporate, and commercial law.

What has been your most meaningful experience thus far?
The most meaningful experience I have had at Albany Law has been being a part of the community. Not just with students, but with the faculty and staff as well. It is nice to walk into school knowing that you are wanted there and that the people want to see you succeed. Everyone at Albany Law is on your team.

What insight can you give prospective students about Albany Law?
Law school is what you make of it. There are many opportunities to develop yourself as a well-rounded attorney and individual. Don't let those chances pass you by-- be diligent about your time at law school. It is better to make mistakes and learn about yourself with people who care about you before you enter into the workforce as an attorney.

Why did you choose Albany Law?
I knew that I wanted to be in New York for law school. Texas, as you can imagine, is far from New York, so I knew the place I chose would need to be one where I could make a "home away from home." During my "Accepted Students Day" seminar, I already felt like I belonged in the community, and could see myself developing relationships that would last a lifetime. To date, attending Albany Law has been one of the best decisions in my life.

Tina Thermadam

Graduation Year
2023
Hometown
Rockland County, NY
Undergraduate School
Fordham University- Lincoln Center
Undergraduate Major
Political Science, Orthodox Christian Studies
E-mail

Career Goal upon Graduation:
I have various different areas of interest including business law, government and health law. Exposing myself to a variety of classes helped shape and develop my understanding of each field. I want to continue to remain open-minded and explore various areas through the diverse opportunities this school has to offer.

What has been your most meaningful experience thus far?
I started law school in the midst of a global pandemic. Nonetheless, my professors made themselves accessible to me just as much as they would in person. Upperclassmen continued to have events via zoom and build relationships. Fellow classmates relied upon and assisted one another in getting through one of the most difficult years of our lives both academically and mentally. One of my favorite experiences is when my roommate and I developed, composed, and recorded two songs about what we had learned from Civil Procedure and Contracts during our first year. We sent these to our professors who played it for the class, appreciated our efforts, and cherished our excitement about the material. I felt welcome and emotionally attached to a University that I couldn't step foot into prior to becoming a law student. That is not a coincidence, that is magic.

What insight can you give prospective students about Albany Law?
One of my favorite quotes is one by Barack Obama when he wrote "The study of law can be disappointing at times, a matter of applying narrow rules and arcane procedure to an uncooperative reality; a sort of glorified accounting that serves to regulate the affairs of those who have power. . . But that's not all the law is. The law is also memory; the law also records a long-running conversation, a nation arguing with its conscience". To be a part of that long-running conversation requires patience. The patience to gather the tools we need to have that conversation with leaders, policymakers, colleagues, and members of the community. It also requires hard work and dedication. Albany Law ensures that we grow in our understanding of legal theory, legal application, professionalism, and legal brilliance. That growth will take shedding old parts of ourselves that hinder our growth and replace that with effective change whether that is study habits or self-care routines. Lastly being a part of that long-standing conversation with history and the future requires passion and creativity. Never stop dreaming.

Why did you choose Albany Law?
I chose Albany Law for its location. Aside from that, Albany Law was one of the only schools where I was able to communicate directly with individuals throughout the entire Admissions process. I didn't feel like another name on a piece of paper. I didn't feel like another application the school had to sort through. I felt like an applicant regarded as a member of the community with care and guidance. Not a lot of other schools offered that personalized approach to law school. Once I arrived here, it was evident that each student chooses Albany Law every day through the effort they put into programming, academics, events, career development, and the community as a whole.

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Patricia Whelan

Graduation Year
2023
Hometown
Newburgh, NY
Undergraduate School
Pennsylvania State University
Undergraduate Major
Criminology
E-mail

Career Goal upon Graduation:
Upon graduating from Albany Law, I understand that there will be many different avenues available for me. I hope to use my skills, relevant experience, and knowledge to successfully practice law in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing society.

What has been your most meaningful experience thus far?
Thus far, my J.D. experience at Albany Law has been nothing short of amazing! It is truly the perfect fit for me. I really enjoy being able to meet and connect with other members of the student body by participating in numerous student organizations, such as the Student Bar Association, Albany Law Review, and Phi Alpha Delta. I also really enjoy working with the law school’s faculty experts, staff members, and mentors because they are very insightful and help me grow in new ways by providing me with helpful guidance and support. Lastly, I am grateful to have the opportunity to connect with the legal and local communities by participating in a broad range of internships, field placements, clinics, and other opportunities because they can provide an insider’s view into how the law operates in various practical settings.

What insight can you give prospective students about Albany Law?
I would advise prospective students that they should start to make connections now and take advantage of all the amazing opportunities that Albany Law has to offer. I would remind them that it’s okay to be unsure of what they want to do because they will discover their skills and interests as they progress through law school. I would also encourage them to keep an open mind and step outside of their comfort zone. In the words of Roy T. Bennett: “Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.”

Why did you choose Albany Law?
I chose to attend Albany Law because of its collaborative environment, personal mentorship, and powerful academic support. I also chose Albany Law because I really enjoyed the local feel of the school and I felt like it was a smart financial decision for me. I said yes to Albany Law because I knew that it would help me achieve my personal and professional goals by bridging my ambition for the future with a great legal education.

Tai White

Graduation Year
2024
Hometown
Middle Grove, NY
Undergraduate School
SUNY Cortland
Undergraduate Major
Sociology
E-mail

Career Goal upon Graduation:
Upon graduation I hope to create more learning opportunities for students who wish to further their studies. I believe that law professors have the ability to positively impact the lives of their students. I want to be able to assist, inspire, and educate others.

What has been your most meaningful experience thus far?
I finished my first semester of my first year this past spring and I knew what was expected from me as a law student however the first month and a half was challenging. My most meaningful experience was pushing myself to understand completely new material and taking advantage of office hours hosted by my professors and my teacher assistants. Their positivity and constructive criticism allowed me to have more confidence in myself to overcome the difficulties I dealt with while managing an entirely new course load.

What insight can you give prospective students about Albany Law?
The first year is challenging and you may often find yourself buried in school work but always reserve time for yourself. Remember that if you do not take a break or rest, your body will do it for you. Managing your time while prioritizing your mental health is very important. Although law school is very demanding, you are capable and you are going to meet amazing professors, teacher assistants, and other students who will give you whatever push or advice you may need.

Why did you choose Albany Law?
Albany Law was my first choice, I felt as if the programs provided to students prepared them for the legal field that they wished to enter. I am aware that studying law and practicing law are very different, however I believe Albany Law gives students the proper insight and experience they need to succeed.