Posted: February 1st, 2019
Tyler Potts (JD ’19) discusses his experience at Wake Forest Law and his summer internships in conservation and family and civil law. He also talks about his involvement on the Wake Forest Ice Hockey team.
Where do you call home?
I have moved 14 times, but if I had to pick a place, it would be Akron, Ohio.
Where did you study for your undergraduate degree?
John Carroll University
Describe your 2L summer work experience.
I interned with Conserving Carolina in Asheville, North Carolina. We dealt with a lot of different legal areas in land conservation, mostly real estate, and some tax law.
My internship featured a lot of different experiences. There were some days that I would be in the office researching new legal issues that land trusts face, while the next I would be out in the field monitoring conservation easements, which essentially means hiking our current properties to ensure compliance with the terms of the easement. Some days I helped with policy efforts like reaching out to law makers, and others I helped edit easements. It was truly a mixed bag and not limited to just “legal” work in the traditional sense.
Did you work your 1L summer?
I worked at a civil and family law non-profit, where I assisted in client intake, drafting court documents, attending court appearances, and helped with administrative tasks. We mainly did divorce, child custody, and some landlord-tenant law.
Why did you decide to attend Wake Forest Law?
I loved that it was close to my parents in Raleigh, I loved the beauty of the campus, and I loved and still love the people in the law school.
Describe the Wake Forest community.
I often hear horror stories about law schools being cut-throat, but Wake Forest law students seem to me to be in it together.
What is your most memorable experience during law school (thus far)?
Being in class for the 2017 Solar Eclipse! It is a once in a lifetime thing.
What are you involved in outside the classroom?
I play ice hockey for the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Wake Forest Ice Hockey team. I played during my undergraduate years and I played junior A ice hockey after high school, so it was awesome being able to continue to play competitively.
What do you do for fun in Winston-Salem when you aren’t studying?
Where do you want your law degree to take you?
I would love to work in conservation, but I also have interest in either family law, non-profit law, or environmental law. Time will tell where I end up.