1L Summer Work- DOJ in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Homicide Division

maherby Alex Maher, Class of 2019

Alex Maher is a current 2L from New Jersey. She is a member of the Moot Court Team, Environmental Law and Policy Review, a Themis representative, and Events Chair of the Women’s Law Society.

During my 1L summer I worked at the Department of Justice in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Homicide Division. I could not have imagined a better place to gain real insight into the legal field among true professionals. The attorneys in the homicide division are warriors, and they were so eager and willing to let me learn from them.

By week three I had already been handed research assignments, given a motion to draft on my own, allowed to sit in on witness interviews, asked to organize evidence for trial, observed three murder trials in part, and spent hours weeding through jail calls, testimony, and police interviews. In the weeks, following I attended two murder trials from start to finish, accompanied homicide detectives on a ride-along, visited the Baltimore Medical Examiner’s office, and visited a crime scene. In addition, the U.S. Attorney’s Office had a variety of programs for their summer interns that made the summer a lot of fun. We toured the Capital and the Library of Congress, had lunch with the U.S. Attorney, and attended a Q&A with the Attorney General.

I cannot recommend the Homicide Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office enough to anyone who, like myself, is interested in litigation and really sees themselves practicing in a courtroom. These attorneys are in court just about every week, constantly preparing for a hearing, motion, or trial. There was never a dull moment. And while working in homicide was a sobering experience at times, there was real fulfillment in knowing I was helping the victim’s loved ones find justice.

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.