Aeriele Johnson - Legal Assistant

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Aeriele Johnson was busy during her final year at Bates. From serving as treasurer on the Associated Student Government (ASG), where she made budget presentations to the Board of Trustees, to participating in the annual Legislative Cookie Day and the Students of Color Conference, Aeriele said she's learned to be a leader.

The Legal Assistant graduate also learned that her heart belongs to the legal field. Aeriele just concluded a five-month internship in the civil division of the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office.

"It would be my dream to work at the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office," she said. "I learned so much during my internship, and it impressed upon me that this is where I want to be. The job is complex, so the fact that I did it makes me feel like I can do anything," said Aeriele.

It's an incredible accomplishment to have had an internship for that length of time in the prosecutor's office, she noted.

"Anyone can say they have [legal assistant] experience, but to be able to say that my experience was at the prosecutor's office is a big deal. Because of that internship, my resume' just got longer with the skills and knowledge," she said.

The Foss High School graduate enrolled in Bates because of her mother's encouragement. "My mother attended Bates, and she's the reason I came here. I love that the emphasis is hands-on learning," she said.

If it wasn't for Bates, Aeriele said she wouldn't be doing anything significant. "My instructor and the staff helped me grow, earn my degree. My instructor was the reason I got my internship."

Aeriele sat for her Accredited Legal Secretary exam in December, and spends her free time searching for her dream job at the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office.