USD in Washington D.C.
Sarah Gonzalez, ’15 (JD), is a recent graduate of USD School of Law and currently works at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where she has dreamed of working since her undergraduate studies in Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Gonzalez participated in the USD in D.C. program, which she credits for helping her land her “dream job” at EPA. “I cannot speak more highly of the USD in D.C. program. It afforded me the opportunity to clerk full-time for an entire semester. This opportunity allowed me to build strong relationships with my mentors and supervisors, which is more difficult to do when you are only working part-time and simultaneously balancing a full course load,” she says when asked about her experience with the program.
During her clerkship, Gonzalez’s mentors and supervisors were an invaluable resource. She worked closely with attorneys and scientists, and collaborated with her supervisors to write a 20-page memorandum on section 309 of the Clean Water Act. These opportunities allowed her to further develop her legal skills and to demonstrate her strong work ethic.
Gonzalez remained in contact with her supervisors after the conclusion of her clerkship, who held onto a copy of her resume for future positions within the division. After a few months, she received a phone call that she had been selected for an interview for a post-bar attorney position– a job she ultimately got.
Looking back, Gonzalez says she “never would have guessed that I would be moving to D.C. after law school. Prior to law school my mentor told me that the most important thing to do during law school is to take advantage of all of the resources that my school has to offer. I did just that by participating in the USD in D.C. program, and it undeniably helped me land my dream job. It is one of the best decisions I made during my law school career.”