By working closely with attorneys and support staff, Joiner explains a valuable experience of his summer, “I was able to write an appellate brief on Fourth Amendment issues. The brief was submitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and I received an authorship credit.” The externship has shaped his legal career, as he now plans to practice federal criminal jurisprudence after graduation.
Bores’ favorite part of her externship was how much she was able to do while working with the U.S. Attorney. “I am encouraged to sit in on meetings, meet judges and attend court,” said Bores.
In addition to the hands-on experience, Bores has been able to build a professional network. “I have met so many attorneys and judges working here in Charleston that have expressed their willingness to help me in any way they can as I finish school and during my legal career.” Through these interactions, Bores accepted a clerkship with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the remainder of the summer and the school year.
Both externs encourage students to apply for an externship with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, explaining how much there is to learn in such a short time. Joiner adds, “Apply early and be prepared to work hard. It all pays off in the end.”
Charleston School of Law’s externship program allows students to gain practical work experience while earning course credit. Students complement their classroom studies by working under the direct supervision of members of the judiciary or attorneys in the public sector. This summer, Charleston School of Law students are at 28 dynamic externships sites helping the community. Since fall 2006, Charleston School of Law students have completed approximately 72,829 externship hours.
Story and photography by Lucy J. Remitz.
Read more externship profiles:
- Externship Profile: Crisis Ministries
- Externship Profile: DHEC-OCRM
- Externship Profile: MUSC
- Externship Profile: U.S. District Court
- Externship Profile: City of Charleston Legal Department
- Externship Profile: Seamen’s Church Institute
Release Date: 8/1/2012