Jade is a Juris Doctor candidate at Dedman School of Law. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2014 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU to intern at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas. Her work will include both civil and criminal litigation work for the principal federal prosecution authority for North Texas.
My Advanced Legal Research professor, SMU’s amazing Donna Wolff, taught me to follow the Michael Jackson rule when it comes to conducting research: don’t stop 'til you get enough. The logic is that when the case law starts overlapping and referring back to what’s already been reviewed, the research circle has closed and that phase of the project has ended. The hard work of applying that newfound knowledge begins. Until now, my approach to law school has been to experience as much variety in the legal internships and jobs I take as possible to better define what practice area and career path to pursue upon graduation. The problem is that, with the exception of family law, I have enjoyed all [...]