Class Year: 2017
Major: English/Spanish Pre-Law
Shadowing Visit Site: O’Neil & Hauser PC
Describe your visit and what did you gain from the experience?
My visit was surprisingly life changing. Not only did I learn the variety of documents that lawyers potentially use on a daily basis when preparing for cases, but I also learned more than ever that practicing law is my calling and should be used to become a woman for others.
How did this experience influence or connect to your future career plans/goals?
After returning to campus from abroad, I began to doubt whether or not I wanted to pursue a law degree. But the experience made me realize more than ever that this is the kind of work I would like to do in the future. The level of hard work it takes to become a lawyer was reinforced, but as I observed how the firm works to help those in need, I realized that I was once a client to an immigration law firm and would like to further advance my studies in order to help those that are potentially like me. Even though my host had not had her mind set on going to law school at my age, she told me that it was one of the best decisions she had ever made and had grown in abundance because of it: both in her private and professional life.
What is some helpful advice your alumni host shared with you?
My host advised me to not be afraid to follow my heart throughout my journey in law school. She told me that there are a variety of things that lawyers end up doing. This gave me hope that having a law degree will not necessarily mean that I will be sitting behind a desk for the rest of my life.
Why would you recommend the Alumni Job Shadowing Program to other students?
I most definitely would. It has opened my eyes to the industry and has given me a strong motivation to pursue my dream of studying the law.