By Rachel Jag
My name is Rachel Jag, and I am a rising 2L pursuing a concentration in Business Transactional Law. Before coming to SLU, I attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where I double majored in Political Science and Communication and minored in Business. As a St. Louis native, it is a dream come true to be going to law school here and to be given the opportunity to gain legal experience in my hometown.
I was hired to work as a part time law clerk at Klar, Izsak & Stenger, LLC (“KIS”) in March, but I've been working for them full time since the start of summer. I specifically work for partner Brian Klar who has been an amazing mentor ever since my first day at the firm. My interest in KIS stemmed from the great things I heard about the firm from fellow SLU LAW classmates, as well as their work in Business Counseling and Business Litigation. Also, I knew working for KIS would provide me with various opportunities for hands-on legal training and meaningful working relationships that I've always wanted, which can be harder to develop at bigger firms. This belief remains true as I have been happily working here for over four months now.
Clerking for Mr. Klar has furthered my interest in doing transactional work as an attorney, but it has also opened my eyes to many exciting aspects of practicing litigation. Of the various projects that I've been assigned to work on this summer, my favorites include conducting discovery for employment and business-related cases, writing demand letters for personal injury cases and assisting in jury selection. I have also sharpened my communication skills from participating in client meetings as well as facilitating phone/e-mail correspondence with both clients and attorneys from other firms. Over the course of the summer, I have improved my legal researching skills by finding case law for many different cases Mr. Klar has been working on.
Throughout my time at KIS, Mr. Klar and the other attorneys have given me more responsibility as a clerk than I could have ever imagined after only having one year of law school under my belt. While that sounds frightening, it gives me motivation to keep working hard and to appreciate everything this firm has taught me. There's nothing better than showing up to work for an attorney like Mr. Klar who genuinely wants you to learn and grow as much as you can before graduating law school. I am truly grateful to be working at KIS this summer and cannot wait to see how much more legal knowledge and experience I gain before 2L year begins!