By Eric Trudrung, McKinney 2L
On Friday, September 22, law students in the IndyBar Law Student Division met with attorneys with several years of experience in criminal law. Students in attendance had many questions, but I will highlight three “takeaways."
Students were curious what path the attorneys recommended if they were interested in a career in criminal law. While the attorneys had different backgrounds, there was a consensus that the best way to kick-start your criminal law career is by interning or working with a prosecutor’s office or public defender agency. The attorneys cited the high case load, and immediate trial experience.
If one cannot intern with one of these places, the attorneys had more advice. They suggested to contact a deputy prosecutor or public defender, and ask to shadow them in court. Additionally, observing court procedures and trials can teach you more about criminal law than just reading about it.
Finally, criminal law is a high-stress practice. Not only are the hours long, the subject matter and preparation necessary for trials can be taxing on one’s physical and mental health. The attorneys emphasized healthy coping habits, and being able to rely on their colleagues for support.
Attending “Breakfast with the Bar” events allows law students to speak freely with attorneys in a particular area of practice in a setting outside of the law school. If one is interested in participating in the future, stay tuned to IndyBar’s breakfasts in intellectual property and government relations.
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