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.
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On June 15, TU College of Law students, alumni, and staff teamed up to provide critical legal assistance at a free immigration law clinic held at the Boesche Legal Clinic. The clinic was organized to provide assistance to individuals applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program announced last summer by Department of Homeland Security. The DACA program allows undocumented young adults to request deferred action on their immigration status for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They would then be eligible for work authorization. The program is aimed at qualifying immigrants who came to the U.S. on or before June 2007 and who were 16 or younger at the time of their arrival. Among other qualifications for the program, the young adults must be free of serious criminal convictions, be enrolled in or have completed high school, or have served in the U.S. military. The clinic volunteers, who included law students enrolled in a summer immigration law course taught by Professor Elizabeth McCormick, participated in a day-long DACA training on June 14. The training and clinic were organized by Professor McCormick and Laura Bachman, Staff Attorney with the legal clinic’s Tulsa Immigrant Resource Network and adjunct faculty member at the College of Law.
(Chynna Smith, Class of 2014)
After being born in Germany and studying international relations in her undergraduate studies, for 2L Lauren Sanchez, studying abroad seemed like a natural fit as the next step in exploring her interests in international and business law.
As a participant in TU College of Law’s Dublin Study Abroad program this past June, she was able to experience all Dublin and Europe had to offer. Whether she was working at the historical Four Courts, taking classes or traveling on the weekends, Sanchez always managed to find a workable balance between being a tourist and an eager law student.
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.