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Graham Jesmer , JD 2013

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Right now I’m involved with projects studying the legal and regulatory intersection with the smart grid and transmission.”

"Practical hands-on experience has made all the difference to me. I came to VLS to get my JD after spending three years as a journalist covering renewable energy policy and market trends. I knew that for me the priority would be to secure excellent summer employment, an on-campus position, and a meaningful Semester in Practice. These experiences will build on the solid legal training of the JD program and prepare me for my future career.

I spent my first law school summer focused on policy as the government affairs intern with the Solar Energy Industries Association in Washington, D.C. I worked primarily on regulatory and tax policies affecting the solar industry. This included analysis of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations, as well as federal tax policy.

The following year I found a job that allowed me to exercise more traditional legal skills. I was hired by the New York Attorney General's Environmental Protection Bureau where I was able to contribute to the Indian Point Nuclear Plant's relicensing proceedings and even had pleadings submitted with my name on them.

On campus I work as a research associate at the Institute for Energy and the Environment. I research, write, and provide client services for major projects. Right now I'm involved with projects studying the legal and regulatory intersection with the smart grid and transmission.

I'm looking forward to a completing a Semester in Practice in my final semester that will complete my legal education in the way that's best for my life and career."