Jacksonville, Florida, October 12, 2018 - Annalise Strange, current 2L at Florida Coastal School of Law, completed her summer externship at the U.S. Navy Jag Corps in Washington D.C. We caught up with this highly ambitious law school student to learn what it was like to be accepted into one of the most competitive externship programs in the country and what she learned over her summer break.
What types of legal experiences and jobs were you exposed to during your time with the Navy JAG Corps?
I mostly did legal research out of the CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) and also worked with the U.S.C. to determine the ethical answers to issues from the fleet. I accepted gifts on behalf of the Navy and determined if that was allowed or not. I wrote gift acceptance memos and determined whether certain events were considered conferences. I drafted an ethics memo about issues concerning the Sailor of the Year program. A lot of the things I did probably don’t make sense to most civilian attorneys, much less 1Ls. I also observed a week long court marital. I attended many intern events at the Capitol, the Supreme Court, the armed forces court of DC, briefings on American relations in Iran and Syria, and the Naval Academy to tour training vessels.
What was your most memorable legal experience during your time in Washington, D.C.?
One of my best memories that is legal related would probably be waking up at 4 am to get in line by 5 am for the orders and opinions readings for the SCOTUS. The read their decisions at 10 am and all 9 justices were present. It lasted about 25 minutes. I got to see RBG! Waiting to see them for five hours on the sidewalk was completely worth it and a wonderful memory I will never forget.
What advice would you give a new 1L or prospective law student about finding the best summer externship program for them?
The advice I would give to 1Ls is to JUST APPLY. The internship I got was extremely competitive and I thought there was no way I would get it. I was convinced to apply anyway and I got it! Just apply to your dream internship and the worst they can say is no. Don’t sell yourself short by thinking you’re not good enough because you will be surprised. Find a subject that interests you and research internship opportunities. Your 1L summer should be all about exploration and figuring out what you want to do.
Florida Coastal School of Law (Coastal Law) is an ABA-accredited institution founded in 1996 and located in Jacksonville, Florida. The law school was founded upon three mission pillars: serving the underserved, providing an education that is student-outcome centered, and graduating students who are practice ready.
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