A Life of Law

Posted by Cal-in-Sacramento Fellow Jessica Paduganan

It is exactly the half-way point of this internship program so far and I am loving every minute of it. So far, this opportunity and program has opened a world to me that was once mystical and seemingly unreachable. I have begun to learn about criminal law, how to brief cases, how to properly conduct legal research, and what law school will be like in a few years from now. In both an intimidating and thrilling way, I have found what it is that I am supposed to do with my life. Pursuing law school and a career in law is an enormous life decision that will not only require a commitment of my time, but also my money and complete focus and dedication. As I learn what law school is like, I am slightly intimidated and know that I will be humbled when I arrive. But if I wasn’t scared, at least a little, there would be something wrong. Dreams and goals should be a bit intimidating because that means you are reaching for something that is worth investing in.

My cubicle!

My cubicle!

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Day One: Learning What I Signed Up For

Posted by Cal-in-Sacramento Fellow Jessica Paduganan

Today was more than just exciting and stressful, explorative and fun; it was absolutely terrifying, overwhelming, and tiring. My internship, at the Office of the Attorney General, eCrimes division, is going to be one that changes my life. Beyond learning legal terms, writing case briefs, and doing research, I will have to read 50 pages a week in outside books that I will be tested on weekly. I will have to make hard deadlines for memos and briefs that I have never had experience with before. I will have to take the stairs every single day instead of the elevator, and the office is on the 9th floor, my cubicle, on the 14th. I will have to run those stairs multiple times on Tuesdays and run more distance on Thursdays and Saturdays. I will have to learn and do things that I haven’t before. And I am so ready to begin. Continue reading