Humanities Scholars Explore Future Careers Through Legal Internships

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Prameela Kottapalli ’23 and Louise Wang ’23 spent the summer in New York City courtrooms and law firms, reviewing evidence, reading cases and learning about the complex processes of the legal system, in part thanks to Humanities Scholars Program (HSP) grants to the College of Arts and Sciences.

Wang interned with the New York County Attorney’s Office while Kottapalli interned with the Bronx Defenders, a nonprofit that defends low-income people in a wide variety of cases.

Louise Wang outside the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse, where she worked this summer, in New York.

“I had no idea what a prosecutor’s office was doing until this summer,” Wang said. “You’re constantly learning from lawyers and paralegals and really experiencing everything that’s going on.”

Much of Wang’s time was spent on investigative work, collecting and reviewing evidence, including photos and surveillance videos of homicides, robberies and assaults. She has also been able to attend numerous trials, including the case of Richard Rojas, who was cleared of responsibility this summer for driving his car into a crowd of people in Times Square in 2017.

Read the full story of their summer experiences on the College of Arts and Sciences website.

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