Benjamin S. Albert, Esq., AS‘94, L‘98, MBA’03
What do making a great latte, New Mexico’s Sandia Mountains, and the Constitution of the United States have in common? For triple Husky Benjamin Albert, each was a significant part of his co-op experience and led to his most recent adventure: medical school.
Now living in West Hartford, Connecticut, Albert is an attorney admitted to practice in state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. He is also a medical student at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. “I’m probably the only medical student in the country who carries a copy of the Constitution in my book bag,” he laughs.
During Albert’s initial co-op, he helped open the Espresso Royale coffee shop on campus and sees a connection between the people skills he learned at the café, his work as a law student, and his decision to study business. “You’re crazy not to take advantage of co-op! If I had gone to a typical school, I would have missed out on experiences, networking, and a plethora of fantastic things.” Among these were places as varied as Washington, D.C. and Albuquerque, New Mexico.
During his first law co-op, Albert learned the art of legal writing from Judge Timothy Covello of the United States District Court in Connecticut. “One-on-one with a federal judge teaching me how to be a better writer,” said Albert. “That was my co-op.”
Albert next honed his writing skills at the Department of Justice, composing legal briefs to denaturalize Nazi war criminals for trial. During emotional days spent preparing Holocaust survivors to give their testimony Albert would find solace walking from his office to the Capitol Building. “Knowing what it stood for, that democracy was in there, was a way to cure the ills of the day.”
During his time spent practicing law, Albert found himself wondering how else he could make a difference. He settled on medical school, where, Albert says, “The language has changed, but the goal remains the same: zealously advocating for your patients.”
Albert advocates for co-op, too. He and his wife, Patti, already talk with two-year-old daughter, Ysabel, about college. “I say, ‘I won’t tell you where to go, but you have to look at Northeastern.’ ”