Of all the lessons Asia Watson has learned at a co-​​op working with fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors in Nashville, Tenn., one will guide her for the rest of her career.

Never be afraid to ask for help,” said Watson, a stu­dent in Northeastern’s School of Law. “All of the assis­tant U.S. Attor­neys I work with this summer are extremely smart, and they still go to each other for help. As a law stu­dent, I’ve learned that I will not only need to ask for help as a law stu­dent, but throughout my entire career.”

Watson, who is in her last week of co-​​op before returning to Boston for her final year of study, spent the summer working with a tight-​​knit team of pros­e­cu­tors, helping pre­pare briefs and motions used in cases ranging from traffic stops and drug offenses to major child-​​prostitution cases. Upon grad­u­a­tion, Watson hopes to return to Georgia, her home state, to work as a prosecutor.

Though she is not arguing cases before a judge, Watson is closely involved in the devel­op­ment of strate­gies pros­e­cu­tors use in trial.

I love the fact that I have an oppor­tu­nity to mold an argu­ment for the bet­ter­ment of society,” Watson said. “For example, I may write a brief arguing that a vio­lent defen­dant should be detained, thus having a pos­i­tive impact on the community.”

Before her summer in Nashville, Watson com­pleted another co-​​op in India, where she worked with a firm that focuses on human-​​rights law. She also interned with a judge in a Lowell, Mass., juve­nile court system and, prior to law school, taught eighth grade math with Teach for America in Mem­phis, Tenn.

The oppor­tu­nity for real-​​world expe­ri­ence was what drew Watson to North­eastern in the first place, she said.

I’ve always known I wanted to be a lawyer, but I didn’t know the exact area in which I wanted to prac­tice in,” Watson said. “Through my intern­ships and co-​​ops, I have a much better pic­ture of what I want to do. That’s the great part about Northeastern—you get to figure out exactly what you want to do before you graduate.”