I had never walked into a courtroom before law school. The only people I knew who had been in courtrooms entered as defendants. For me, courtrooms had a very serious and almost terrifying power about them. And yet this year, I have walked into a courtroom at least once a week. To say the experience… Continue reading Reflections from a Courtroom
Conversations with Practitioners is our ongoing series in which we ask current practitioners about their careers. 1. What do you currently do? I am an Assistant United States Attorney at the U.S. Attorney's Office in the District of Columbia. Our office is a little different from other U.S. Attorney's offices. Since there is no D.A.… Continue reading Vivian Kim
I am a child of two public servants and I have always known that I would follow the public service path too. In spite of my own privileged situation, I grew up watching my parent’s clients struggle with poverty, lack of access to services, and additional law enforcement scrutiny due to their race. While many… Continue reading A Liberal Prosecutor – Oxymoron?
Why become a prosecutor? This question has been asked of me repeatedly since the time I choose to leave a successful career and return to school in order to obtain a law degree. Why prosecution, family and friends asked. Even within law school, where the vast majority students are entirely focused on landing a big… Continue reading Why Prosecution?
I’m going to tell you what may seem like a very obvious thing, but it’s also a very important thing: law school does not prepare you to be a lawyer. Law school prepares you to be a law professor. 1L year is spent teaching you to “think like a lawyer.” I’m still not totally sure… Continue reading An Education Beyond the Classroom
There is a popular phrase used to summarize law school: “The first year they scare you to death, the second year they work you to death, and the third year they bore you to death.” On top of that, I have heard countless times about how law school does not prepare you for actual legal… Continue reading Far from Bored