Ciara Hudson

APEX Fellowship | Ciara Hudson

October 26, 2020   /  

Major: Political Science
Class Year: 2021
Faculty Mentor: Brooke Krause

As a legal intern with the city solicitor of Shamokin, Pennsylvania, I remotely conducted case research, wrote legal briefs for ongoing cases and improved the firm’s social media outreach.

Ciara Hudson will be online to field comments on Nov. 5 from 11:00am – 1:00pm.

11 thoughts on “APEX Fellowship | Ciara Hudson”

  1. Ciara,

    As you apply for law school this fall, are you considering sharing this summer experience somewhere in your application? What was the most important insight you had about the law field from this experience? What did you learn about yourself as you think about becoming an attorney?

    1. Lisa,
      Thank you so much for taking the time to learn more about my summer experience! I have included this experience on my resume and on the page in the law school application related to “interesting experiences” where multiple experiences can be added. I learned a lot about legal writing and research this summer through my work at the firm and am excited to carry those skills forward (hopefully into law school). My attorney mentor from this experience has also been a very large help regarding my decision to apply and what a career in law after graduation might look like.

  2. It sounds like you were able to use your skills well this summer! I’m glad you got some experience to help you decide what to do after graduation!

  3. Ciara – Thanks for sharing your insights on how this experience provided you with professional development and allowed you to grow your network. I know the state limitations on remote work in courts stymied some aspects of your hoped-for experience, but you certainly made the most of a trying situation. Congratulations.

  4. Thank you very much for this presentation, Ciara. And, thank you for your enthusiastic engagement in this internship opportunity. I am delighted that you were able to visit and spend time in Shamokin. From your exposure to Shamokin and people who live there, what is one observation that you have made about poverty and law, and/or one question you continue to ponder?

    1. Amy,
      An interesting part of this experience was that I was able to see a law practice from both the for-profit and pro bono sides. Observing my supervisor as a solo lawyer in a high poverty area, illustrated that poverty largely dictates the types of cases he gets and how he interacts with clients if they are paying for his time. His top two areas were Criminal and Family cases (mostly alcohol/drug or abuse related) which were dictated in large part by poverty in my opinion. The stress that he was under on a day-to-day basis from trying to get compensation for his time and the similarity in what types of cases walked through the door made me consider not working as a lawyer in an area like Shamokin.

  5. Ciara,

    This is a wonderful explanation of the internship experience that you had. Your presentation makes clear just how much you got out of the experience, even given the unique and difficult circumstances. I’m excited that it reinforced your career goals, and encouraged you to apply to law school.

    What skills from your Wooster education were most transferable to doing the kind of work (such as case research, etc.) that you undertook during the internship? What skills do you think you still need to gain ahead of embarking on this career path?

    1. Professor Krain,
      Thank you so much for stopping by to learn more about my summer experience! In response to your questions, writing for my political science classes at Wooster was very helpful when I was both writing case briefs and doing research for my attorney mentor this summer. I think the process of writing an IS in political science – given that it represents a professional paper in which I will be summarizing the findings of over 12 books and the findings of my own research – will give me additional skills before I hopefully start law school next fall.

  6. Ciara,
    Thank you for your presentation. You’ve done a great job advising students about how to form networks and professional connections during difficult times.

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