Young Harris College Business Student Pursues Impressive Law Internship
Young Harris College senior business and public policy major Rachel Mason, of Ringgold, has her sights set on serving others through the judicial system—an ambition made stronger by an internship she’s completing under Assistant Public Defender Jeanie Tiger in the Enotah Judicial Circuit serving Union, Towns, Lumpkin and White counties.
An “Introduction to the American Legal System” course taught by Adjunct Instructor of Political Science Mark Dehler, J.D., peaked Mason’s interest last year. “I expressed interest in furthering my knowledge of law including possibly working within the local legal system,” Mason explained, “and he offered to help me reach out about an internship.”
On a typical day in the office, she reviews witness and client interviews, researches various issues surrounding cases, and prepares case files for court. She also frequently observes proceedings in Superior Court.
Mason, who is a member of the women’s golf team, tutor for other business and public policy students, and president of the Young Democrats, often visits with her mentor, Vice President of Student Development Angi Smith, J.D., to discuss law.
Faculty and staff members like Smith consider them an important component of a student’s academic journey. She noted that her own internship as a third-year law student was “an eye-opening experience”—one she wished she had as an undergraduate student.
“We can offer no greater learning experience than a real-world opportunity to put the theories set forth in the classroom to work,” said Smith. “Internships provide students with opportunities to further develop skills and use their education as a springboard for continued growth and learning.”
Mason, who will graduate from YHC in May and take the LSAT soon after, agreed that her internship will prove exponentially beneficial in her pursuit of law school and a career in the field.
“This experience has given me a greater appreciation for public defenders and their role in assuring equitable outcomes within the legal system,” she said. “It’s also solidified my commitment to serving the legal needs of others.”
Rachel Mason mingles with YHC President Cathy Cox at the celebratory dinner for graduating seniors held on campus in March.