For many students, studying abroad offers them the opportunity to experience a new place, new culture and of course make new friends all while earning course credits. For 2L Blake Johnson, who is in the middle of the photograph, studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland was no exception. Whether he was being placed in the back of an armored car in Belfast, studying for class or working at one of the largest solicitor’s firms in Dublin, Johnson certainly had an experience he will never forget.
I am externing at the Missouri Attorney General’s Office in Jefferson City, Missouri. One reason I chose this position is because I wanted to be closer to home this summer. I am from St. Louis and Jefferson City is only about an hour and a half away. More importantly, I wanted to get a glimpse of how the legal system works from the government side. I knew this position would provide me with the opportunity to see how the State of Missouri enforces the law through the court system, particularly, the laws you don’t hear about on a daily basis.
2. What are some of your day-to-day duties/responsibilities?
As a result of TU College of Law’s continued push for experiential learning opportunities, I was able to participate in a Summer Externship with Garrett Law Center, PLLC. I chose this firm in order to maximize my exposure to a variety of different legal fields and do so under the mentor ship of accomplished attorneys in each of these fields.
Summertime is precious to all law students. It is when we supplement our classroom knowledge with practical experience to prepare us for the “real world.” However, as a rising 3L graduating in December, I felt added pressure to maximize my learning and practice skills during these summer months. Externing at Garrett Law Center has helped me achieve this goal, while providing an invaluable experience.
It is a position some law students only dream of but for Andrew McMahon, pictured on the left, interning with the Attorney General of Ireland was not only a reality but also an experience unlike any other.
This past June, Andrew spent every weekday morning interning with the highest legal officer in Ireland where he was able to contribute on intern projects, draft reports and research legal issues concerning immigration and asylum. His background in both European Union law and business provided him a firm foundation upon which to excel in his internship with the Attorney General.