Justice in the Southern District of New York

Urbanczyk

Attorney Preet Bahara announcing public corruption charges at the US Attorney’s Office in NYC.

For the past two weeks, I’ve interned at the US Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan. I decided to pursue this internship because I think I might want to go to law school and pursue law as a career. However, I want to make sure it’s really what I want to do before committing three years and a lot of money to law school.

Even in my first two weeks, I think this experience has equipped me with an abundance of new information and experiences that will help me ultimately make this decision.

  • I work mostly with paralegals who are a few years out of college, many of whom plan to attend law school. They’ve given me advice on practical matters like when to take the LSAT, but have also walked me through their decision process to either attend law school or do something else.
  • In addition, the office culture is not hierarchical at all. I’ve had numerous conversations with more senior members of the office in which they often tell me stories about interesting cases they’ve worked on. By sharing these stories with me, they’ve shown me how interesting and truly rewarding a career in law can be.
  • Lastly, when work is a little light in the office, I have the opportunity to watch federal court proceedings.  So, I get to see important, interesting, and exciting trials take place. It’s really nice to see the end result of the preparation for trial, which is what my job mostly consists of.

It’s a little too early for me to say if my career goals have changed as a result of my internship so far, but one thing is certain: if there’s any place that’ll help me decide if I want to be a lawyer, USAO SDNY is it.

Written by Luke Urbancyzk, BC Class of 2017

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