Discuss your general career path since graduating from UT.
After graduating from UT, I entered law school at the University of Houston the following fall. In law school I focused my studies, internships, and extracurricular activities on public interest and public sector law. After law school, I participated in a public interest postgraduate fellowship with Lone Star Legal Aid, while waiting for my bar results. After the fellowship ended, I worked part-time for the law school until the City of Houston Legal Department hired me.
How did your BDP experience influence your career path and interests?
As an incoming freshman, I did not plan to pursue a law degree or other postgraduate work. Through my participation in the Ethics & Leadership BDP, I developed an interest in government administration and public interest work. Completing both a research and internship Connecting Experience helped me to choose between an academic postgraduate career path and a professional degree.
What do you value most about your BDP experience?
I value the Connecting Experiences I had during my time in the BDPs the most. I participated in a research project with a government professor and interned with a political education and advocacy non-profit organization. Not only did those experiences further stoke my interest in government and public policy, but they also taught me the value of internships and clinical experiences for a well-rounded educational experience, which influenced my course choices in law school.