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Working to Empower Women, Build Peace

I worked at the Institute for the Economic Empowerment of Women in Oklahoma City. The Institute’s mission is to promote peace by creating economically stable societies. I worked specifically with the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS program, which selects 30 women from Rwanda and 30 women from Afghanistan to participate in an intensive business basics course in their home country.

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Fellowship Provides Many Learning Opportunities

This summer I was employed at the Saint Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office. The office prosecutes for the City of St. Louis. This position allowed me so many learning opportunities. Unlike many of my fellow law students, I had absolutely no legal experience prior to law school. The internship at the Circuit Attorney’s Office was easily one of the best learning experiences I have ever had.

During my internship, I was allowed to be a part of every aspect of trial. I attended pretrial meetings with the defense attorney and the judge inside the judge’s chamber.

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Legal Fellowship Proves to Be Eye-opening Experience

I never imagined that I would spend a couple hours of my afternoon riding around in a 15-passenger van with my co-workers looking for strip clubs and brothels. I never thought I would visit a medium security prison with no air conditioning in southern Texas. And I never imagined that I would get to touch Beyoncé’s father’s beach house. Lucky for me, I had all of these experiences and many more as a law fellow at the nonprofit organization Children at Risk in Houston, Texas.

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Students Travel to Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair

I had the honor at the end of October of traveling to the Washington, D.C., area with 10 law students who are interested in pursuing public interest careers.  We attended the annual Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair, where the students had the opportunity to network with 120 employers and like-minded students from across the country.  Of course, no trip to D.C. would be complete without some sightseeing.  On Saturday morning, we toured the East Wing of the White House.  While we were in the Red Room we were able to see President Obama exit the White House and board Marine One. 

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Lessons Learned from Studying Public International Law at Ghent University

While opportunities to study international law abound, law students have very few chances to work alongside experts in any specific area of international law.  I was fortunate enough, from May through the end of June 2012, to work as a research intern at Universiteit Gent (Ghent University in Ghent, Belgium) due to the recommendation I received from my legal writing professor, Professor Christina Bennett. I conducted research with specialists in International Environmental law and the Law of the Sea. My projects included writing about U.S.

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