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As president of the Class of 2016, Pat Wildes has been focusing on helping his classmates prepare for the first administration of the new Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) in New York State.
“There was definitely some concern when we found out that our class would be the first one to take a new bar exam, but we are now embracing the UBE and doing our best to prepare for it,” said Wildes, who grew up in Hamden, Connecticut, and earned his B.A. in Government from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. “I'm just trying to make sure that my classmates and I are putting our best foot forward as we finish our final semester of law school and leading up to the new bar exam this coming July.”
Making its debut in July 2016, the UBE will address less New York law and more federal legal principles and the common law.
“We have scheduled several professors to provide review lectures in the heavily tested subject areas of the UBE, and the entire third-year class has been granted access to some other useful review materials,” Wildes said. “The Class of 2016 is a vibrant and talented group and I know we’ll be ready for the bar exam come July.”
“The law school experience has introduced me to a
unique way of thinking, writing, and communicating. It has helped me to
foster a critical problem-solving skillset that I feel is invaluable.”
During his time at Skidmore, Wildes traveled to Denmark, Germany, and Kosovo as a student in the War Crimes and Human Rights Program through the Danish Institute of Study Abroad (DIS). The most impactful part of his time abroad was “witnessing firsthand the impact that the law has on day-to-day life in several countries, especially in nations with complicated and difficult pasts.”
After graduation, Wildes spent 11 months in AmeriCorps working at the Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) in Middletown, Connecticut. While in AmeriCorps, he served in the public relations and marketing department of CHC, helping foster the health center’s goal of providing quality health care to every person who walks through its doors.
“Serving in AmeriCorps showed me how much I really enjoyed public service,” he said. “I had always felt a general interest towards helping people from all types of communities feel represented, but it wasn't until I got involved in AmeriCorps and worked in the public sector that I knew for certain that I wanted to attend law school. I could feel the impact of the work that I was doing, but I knew that obtaining a law degree would allow me to enhance my advocacy and reasoning skills in a special way.”
In addition to serving as class president for the past two years, Wildes has worn many different hats since coming to Albany Law. He chairs a Student Bar Association (SBA) committee dedicated to improving job prospects and networking opportunities for his fellow students, sits on the Admissions Faculty Committee, and is one of the founding members of Albany Law’s soccer club — informally dubbed the Mighty Ducks.
The summer after his 1L year, he worked at the New Haven Legal Assistance Association, a not-for-profit legal aid society in Connecticut, and has clerked part-time at Dreyer Boyajian LLP — a personal injury and criminal defense firm in downtown Albany — for a little over a year.
“The law school experience has introduced me to a unique way of thinking, writing, and communicating. It has helped me to foster a critical problem-solving skillset that I feel is invaluable,” he said. “It's been an absolute pleasure to spend the better part of the last three years here amongst my classmates and the community at Albany Law.”
“I’d love to be in the Capital Region," Wildes said of his future, “definitely in an environment where I’m advocating for people, helping to make their lives better and making sure their voice is heard each and every day.”