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Emilie: Law

Through her internship at Ventura County District Attorney's Office, Emilie Stiles was able to appreciate everyone deserves to have their rights vindicated.

What was your internship experience?

This summer, I worked for the Ventura County District Attorney's Office. I worked writing motions, briefs, and sitting second chair in trials. This helped prepare me for a future law career by advancing both my writing skills and my oral advocacy skills.

What was the most useful thing you learned from your internship?

The most useful thing that I learned from my internship is that even simple cases aren't that simple. Sometimes, a case that seems straightforward can be derailed on a technicality. Additionally, I learned a lot about the inherent value and dignity of human beings. It was a lot easier to deal with the often difficult subject matter when you realized that you were representing the victim of a crime, who sometimes couldn't speak for themselves. It helped me recognize that everyone deserves to have their rights vindicated.

How did your courses and your major prepare you for your internship?

My criminal law courses, legal writing and research, and civil procedure courses helped prepare me the most. I learned about the aspects of the law that I was using in my internship, as well as how to communicate what the law was in a way that could be presented in court.

What professional skills did you develop in your internship?

Writing skills, Oral advocacy, Professionalism, Interpersonal relationships

Emilie Stiles with other interns