Each year, the UL School of Law sends one third year or final year student to the USA to complete the Los Angeles Federal District Court Externship with the support of the Irish American Bar Association. This year, summer 2017, the School selected Ms Katie Matthews
Here is what Katie had to say about her experience:
‘I recently completed my three-month externship in Los Angeles. The externship is organised by the Irish American Bar Association, a group of Los Angeles lawyers who are of Irish descent. Two weeks were spent in the State Superior Court, and ten weeks were spent externing in the Federal Court. Although the work was extremely challenging, I cannot recommend this experience enough. I was expected to prepare case memos advising the Judge on the correct course to take in line with US law. As a result, I gained an in depth insight into the American State and Federal Legal systems and learned a great deal from the staff and the Judge in chambers who were very helpful.
As well as the externship, the Irish American Bar Association organised cultural events and trips during my time in Los Angeles. One such occasion was a trip to the Hollywood Bowl- a world famous music venue in the Hollywood Hills- to see Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. Attending these events provided a unique opportunity to build friendships and connections in the American legal sector that will be of benefit in any future career. This externship is an incredible opportunity, both educationally and culturally. The standard of work required is high, but the benefits are more than returned.’
Photographed with Katie is Judge Virginia Philips, Chief Judge of the Los Angeles District Court.