So I know I keep talking about the “Criminal Prosecution Clinic” that I’m doing through the law school and in conjunction with the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, but it is by far the best experience I’ve had in all of my wonderful time at Texas Wesleyan School of Law. I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to be on this team of just seven students. Daily we are working with many of the best and brightest attorneys in the north Texas, if not in the whole state of Texas. In my opinion, what makes the clinic experience so valuable is the opportunity we get to watch other attorneys do what they do; this is really the only way to learn the art of lawyering.
Our class was recently visited by the DA’s Public Information Officer who subsequently gave our clinic a bit of a “shout out” on the Tarrant County DA’s website. The blog entry gives a little more background on our clinic, what we’ve done, where we’ve gone and the prosecutors with whom we work. The blog includes a pic of us at our class this last Wednesday where we learned about voir dire and picking a jury. There are way more layers and complexities to that than I ever expected.
I’ m really proud to be associated with this team; I think we’re pretty awesome and I know the work done by the Tarrant DAs is top-notch. Every day that I’m there I learn something new and have the opportunity to see how true professionals handle the day-to-day of practicing criminal law. It is truly fascinating.
While there is no doubt in my mind that I could not fully appreciate what I’m seeing and doing now without a fundamental understanding of the basics I learned at the beginning of law school (Read: Do well in 1L year Crim Law and Procedure), I have to say: It is GOOD to be a 3L. The lessons I’m learning and experiences I’m having in this clinic are invaluable to those of us nearing the end of our time in law school. This is where it’s at!
While they have not yet pushed us fully out of the nest, through Tex Wes Law and the Tarrant County DA’s office, we’re sure getting a chance to stretch our legal wings and get our feet wet!
My student bar car is burning a hole in my pocket…