Meet Our Newest Intern, Jacob White
Growing up in Allentown, Penn., Jacob White had always dreamed of being a lawyer. It wasn’t until his junior year at DeSales University that he realized something was missing. White was studying psychology and although he knew graduate school was next, he wanted to study something he was passionate about. He remembered the spark he felt when watching lawyers on television as a child wearing their fancy suits and the fervor they spoke with in the courtroom.
“I just thought I never had it in me,” White says. “I never thought I had the grades to get into law school. However, in my junior year I did some research and figured out that I could make it. So, I studied for the LSAT, took the test, and passed. I had always dreamed of being a lawyer when I was little, but I just never thought that it was an attainable dream. Once I realized it was, I didn’t look back.”
Today, White is a rising third-year law student at Belmont University. He’s also the newest intern at Schaffer Law Firm. When Rachel Schaffer Lawson founded Schaffer Law Firm PLLC in 2011, her No. 1 priority was to help clients with their legal needs so they can focus on what matters most: their businesses. Fast-forward 10 years later, Schaffer Law Firm has earned a reputation for helping innovative businesses in the craft beer, hospitality, entertainment, and nonprofit industries kick off and thrive in Nashville’s dynamic city.
In this interview, White talks about his internship at Schaffer Law, where he sees himself in 10 years, what he’s most proud of, and more.
Here’s what he had to say.
How did you learn about the Schaffer Law Firm internship?
JW: I met with someone who works for the TADC about one year ago, who introduced me to alcohol beverage law as a subject area. I’ve been interested in learning about transactional law and anything involving alcohol for some time now. After doing some research, I found Schaffer Law’s website and that’s basically what they do. I ended up contacting a current employee at the firm, who’s also a Belmont graduate, and that’s how we connected. It felt lucky because a couple of weeks later he reached out about their summer internship. After sending my resume and writing samples, and interviewing with Landon and Rachel, I was offered the internship. I’m super excited about it.
Awesome! How has your experience been thus far?
JW: I’m about a week into my internship now and I love it. It’s a really great environment to work in. Everyone is laid back and we like to laugh. Every assignment and project that I’m getting is really interesting. Landon and Rachel are super nice and helpful. They’re willing to take their valuable time and walk me through the assignments and answer any questions I have. They’re a really great resource from me to learn from, especially what it means to practice law.
What do you hope to take away from this internship?
JW: I hope to learn a lot about transactional law, as well as practical knowledge for being an attorney for small businesses, which is mainly what Schaffer Law Firm does. Ultimately, I just want to soak up as much experience as I can.
What area of law do you enjoy the most?
JW: I enjoy transactional work and general representation services for small businesses. I like the mindset of a small business owner. I think there’s a grit mentality there that you don’t find anywhere else.
What are your long-term goals?
JW: Long-term I’d love to do something like this. I want to help small businesses thrive. This internship with Schaffer is already helping me learn about what it looks like being a practicing attorney and helping me apply the practical implications of what I’m learning in the classroom. So 10 years down the road, when I’m a successful practicing lawyer, and someone asks me to help them start a business I can. I can be confident that I have learned the necessary tools and knowledge to help them do that and succeed in business over the long-term.
What are you most proud of?
JW: I have a pretty great family that has supported me along the way. My parents are still in Allentown and my brother lives in Richmond, Virginia, with his soon-to-be wife. Between them there’s two dogs, Lena and Wrangler. I love and appreciate them all. They have been very supportive with me on this journey thus far, and I know they’re super excited for me to have this opportunity.
I’m also proud that I have made it this far. I’m proud that I picked up and moved to Nashville two years ago when I only knew two people here. I moved into my apartment and made it happen. My family has been super supportive and helpful, but I’ve done the work in law school, and I’m doing the work in this job, which has allowed me to be where I am. So making it this far here, with one more year left in law school, I’m proud of myself for working hard as well.
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