Paving the Way for a Legal Career

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At the firm’s 35th annual Christmas party in 2003, Mr. Donald Fox, founder of the firm, said, “It is my belief that we in this room do belong to an unusual extended family of professionals, which we joined voluntarily and after reaching the age of reason”. After spending 6 weeks at Fox Horan & Camerini LLP as a paralegal, I cannot deny the accuracy of this statement. 30 days at the firm were enough for me to witness the union of a broad network of talented people, of all ages and ethnicities, coming together to advance a common interest, which, as Mr. Fox stated 13 years ago, is to live greatly in the law. After experiencing what it’s like to work at an international law firm, I am more certain that I want to pursue a legal career, something that requires a constant development of competence, good judgment, and the ability to advance clients’ long term interests consistent with the general interest of a democratic society. This internship, my personal background, and the education I have received at Boston College have made me more confident that becoming a lawyer is among my post graduation plans.

Among the most significant experiences of my internship was my attendance to the New York City Bar Association’s event “Careers in International Law” on July 12th. Panel members made up of influential international law practitioners led a presentation which was followed by small group discussions with the purpose of exploring the challenges and opportunities of international legal careers. The scope of possibilities in specialties such as litigation, corporate, financial, and maritime law, as well as positions in law firms, government, and non-profit work were examined. Additionally, practitioners offered suggestions of practical steps that law students and lawyers can take to make themselves more marketable to potential employers. Participating in this event made me realize how fulfilling and exciting this career path can be.

I will be forever grateful for the opportunity I had of interning at Fox Horan & Camerini. Besides all the academic gains embedded on this experience, I grew as a person and made friendships I will never forget.

Written by Maria Castillo, BC Class of 2017

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Legal Assistant in NYC

Maria C imageMonday June 12th was the first day of my highly anticipated internship in New York City. I turned off my alarm clock, got ready, and turned on google maps to find my way to Fox Horan & Camerini LLP, the law firm I will be interning for a total of 240 hours during my last summer as a BC student. After two weeks assisting paralegals and lawyers in their every-day tasks, I can conclude that the skills I’ve learned while working at the Office of the Dean of Students in Boston College have been the ones which have prepared me the most to adapt and succeed in this professional setting.

  • Ability to handle confidential or sensitive information- Skills and virtues I’ve gained by working at the Dean of Students Office are prudence, wisdom, and common sense. By dealing with student conduct issues, for instance, I have learned to act with great care and respect towards information that is private and intimate. This is something I have been applying during my time at the firm, since I’ve been trusted with confidential documents.
  • Networking- Interacting with people and making connections is a skill I’ve been introduced to at BC and which I’ve been trying to develop in my internship. Being surrounded by talented people, attorneys, legal assistants, office managers, among others, is a great opportunity to meet professionals and get insights about my future career path.
  • Teamwork- As a student assistant in the Dean of Students Office, I’ve learned that each person has his responsibilities and that only when everybody works in unison can the mission of the Office be accomplished. The same occurs in the firm. As a summer intern who has had the chance to help different members of the team, I’ve practiced being an accountable, cooperative, and efficient co-worker.

Written by Maria F. Castillo, BC Class of 2017