Externships- Solo Practitioner and Federal Magistrate Judge

alisonby Alison Schoettler, Class of 2018

My name is Alison Schoettler, and I am a rising 3L from Silver Spring, MD. I graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2011 with a B.A. in Sociology, and I spent four years working in the Washington, DC area after college. After working for a few years, I decided to go to law school. William & Mary was the natural choice for me, and I’ve enjoyed being back in Williamsburg. At the Law School, I am a Legal Practice Fellow and on the Executive Board of Law Review. I returned to Washington, DC for both summers, spending my 1L summer working for a federal agency and my 2L summer working for a law firm.

When I graduated from college, I knew I wanted to go to graduate school, but I was not quite sure what type of degree I wanted to pursue. After working for a few years, I realized I wanted to pursue a law degree, so I began exploring various law school programs. Because my decision to return to law school was driven in large part by my work experience after college, I knew I wanted to continue to explore the legal profession through externships during the school year. So, during my law school search, I looked for a school where I would be able to get not only classroom experience during the school year, but I would also get real-world experience. I was thrilled when I discovered William & Mary encouraged their students to enroll in externships during the semester and gain the type of experience I was looking for.

I enrolled for an externship the first semester I could, during fall of my 2L year. I spent the semester working for a small practitioner in the Williamsburg area. I enjoyed the experience so much; as a result, I decided to extern in my spring semester as well. I spent my spring working for a federal magistrate judge in Richmond. Both experiences exposed me to areas of law I had not yet had the opportunity to work in, and it provided me with the opportunity to grow my legal skills in a real-world environment. I consider these experiences among my favorite and most valuable in law school so far. I am so happy that William & Mary’s academic program enabled me to take advantage of these opportunities, and I highly encourage anyone who is considering externing to do so.

Externship with OneVirginia2021

by Benjamin Williams, Class of 2018 My name is Ben Williams and I am a rising 3L from Hurricane, West Virginia. I attended Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana where I double-majored in International Relations and History with a minor in … [Continue reading]

Externship- Supreme Court of Virginia in Richmond

by Kameron Melton, Class of 2018 I am Kameron Melton, a 3L from Charlotte, North Carolina. I am starting my seventh year in Williamsburg in the fall, as I attended William & Mary for undergrad. During my 2L year, I externed twice a week at the … [Continue reading]

Let’s Get Personal

by Faye Shealy, Associate Dean for Admission Although applications are not available for most law schools until the fall, the extraordinarily-organized among you have likely begun to craft personal statements. Our office fields a multitude of … [Continue reading]

Recommendations for Law School and for Life

by Faye Shealy, Associate Dean for Admission Recommendations are an important part of William & Mary’s whole file review and are effective because they detail what makes the applicant stand out and paint individual pictures of each … [Continue reading]

How to Find the Right Law School for You

by Rhianna Shabsin, Senior Assistant Dean for Admission How to Research Law Schools One of the most important and most often overlooked steps in the application process is to thoroughly research the law schools you’re considering. Whether … [Continue reading]

Fourth of July in Williamsburg

Fourth of July celebrations are taking place around the region. Honoring Independence Day is an easy task in Virginia and all over Hampton Roads, where the history of the region stands as a constant reminder of the American Revolution. Hopefully, you … [Continue reading]

What Makes an Application Stand Out?

by Elizabeth Cavallari, Senior Assistant Dean for Admission “What makes an application stand out?”  We hear this question often from prospective law students, and there are a lot of components to the answer.  At William & Mary there is … [Continue reading]

A “Thank You” to William & Mary Law School

by John Satira, Class of 2017  After periodically contributing to the Get Wythe It! blog during my first and second years of law school, I am happy to take some time post-graduation to reflect on my entire experience at William & Mary Law … [Continue reading]

My Guide to the Best Food in Williamsburg

by Sami Alsawaf, Class 2017 After living in Williamsburg for almost three years, I’ve had the chance to sample some of the different places to eat here in Williamsburg. Now, I know what you’re thinking: doesn’t everyone in Williamsburg just … [Continue reading]

Barristers, Banquets, and Brunches

by Sami Alsawaf, Class 2017 In my opinion, spring semester is much busier than the fall. Maybe it’s spring fever, but things seem to go by faster in the spring. As the end of the semester draws near, students are focusing on finishing their … [Continue reading]