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Interning at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of New York and the Saratoga County District Attorney's Office, Victoria Graf '15 has been working towards furthering her career and education in law. At the U.S. Attorney's Office, Graf is focused on developing her research and writing skills. Receiving experience in working on memos of law, observing pre-trials and trial proceedings, suppression hearings, and much more, the practical experience in law she has received in this placement has helped her to build on lessons learned in the classroom.
"Working with the U.S. Attorney's Office has helped me to cultivate my research and writing skills and learn how to balance a lot at once. I learned how to prioritize different tasks while putting forth my best effort on various projects."
Graf is receiving credit for this internship through the school's field placement clinic, and explained how she is able to participate as a full time student while receiving hands-on experience in the field of law. She described how being at the U.S. Attorney's Office has reinforced her knowledge of what she actually would be doing if she were to work in a District Attorney's office.
"In addition to the great experience I am obtaining in the courthouse, the office offers a great working environment where everyone is understanding that I am a student and is eager to help me learn."
Graf has intentions to explore a career in criminal litigation, civil transactional law, or public policy.
While successfully balancing her internships, being a full time student, and planning the upcoming SciTech symposium, Graf's Note and Comment was recently selected for publication in the Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology.
By Megan Lounsbury