By Alexa Ackermann
My name is Alexa Ackermann and I am a rising 3L. I am originally from Yorba Linda, Calif., and I went to the University of Kentucky for undergrad.
This summer, I am working in downtown St. Louis with the litigation division of the Office of the Missouri Attorney General. When I was looking for a place to spend my summer, I originally did not know what the Attorney General’s office did. However, I am seven weeks in and I could not love my job more. I look forward to the type of work I will get to do every day.
The Office of the Missouri Attorney General’s intern program placed us with coordinators in the St. Louis office that are there to help. All the St. Louis interns have gone to Jefferson City to take a tour of the Jefferson City Correctional Facility, we ate lunch with the Justices of the Missouri Supreme Court and we have taken a tour of the capital. The office also provides its interns an opportunity to meet and have breakfast with all of the Division Chiefs in an informal manner. Having these experiences has helped all the interns learn more about what we do here and how we do it.
The thing I love most about my job is the experience I am gaining. I have already been able to take a deposition for the Labor Division and I have done a lot of pre-trial preparation for a trial in July. The Attorney General’s Office has no problem throwing their interns into real cases and helping them gain real and practical experience.
I would not be ready for any experience without the help of the attorneys in my office. It is nice being able to ask questions in a friendly environment, especially with some guidance on particular questions. I have been very grateful that all of the attorneys are willing to help guide and mentor the interns. Also, all the lawyers in this office are open to bringing the litigation interns to depositions and trials.
In the Office of the Attorney General, there is an open door policy and the interns are given more responsibility than I could have imagined. I think that is what I like and appreciate the most; I am gaining experience and knowledge this summer I did not know I could gain before graduating law school. I have been enjoying everyone I work with and all my work in this office and I cannot wait to see what the rest of the summer has in store!