Ever since I was little I have always known that I wanted to practice in Washington, D.C. My mom used to bring me with her when she had business trips in the area, and even as a little girl I fell in love with all the city has to offer. During my undergraduate career I had the opportunity to spend an entire summer interning in D.C. and it just solidified my love for the area. Now as a law student, I was lucky enough to land a position as a Legal Intern with the United States Department of the Interior’s Office of the Solicitor in the Office of Indian Trust Litigation in Washington, D.C.

The office is responsible for defending all litigation brought against the Department by individual Indians and Indian Tribes for breach of trust relating to the management of trust funds held by the department for management of tribal lands and natural resources. As an Environmental Law Certificate student, with a focus in administrative law, this opportunity is a perfect mix of my interest in environmental law, natural resources law, and administrative law. It provides me the opportunity to experience what the legal field is like on a federal level, as well as learn more about a very relevant, niche area of the law. I have the opportunity to work one-on-one with federal government attorneys and learn first-hand what it is like to practice here.

Having this opportunity is more than just an educational learning experience, it also allows for immense personal and professional growth. Washington, D.C. is a huge hub for the legal field, and there are people from all over the country practicing in every area of law. In my time outside of my internship, I am able to attend networking events with local attorneys and congressional staff, various speaker events, and experience all of the history that this city has to offer. My office is located just a few blocks from the White House and the National Mall, so that is just an added bonus I get to see on my daily commute.

I am so thankful to Florida State Law for allowing me to have this amazing growth and learning experience and I can’t wait for the rest of the summer in this amazing city!

College of Law, Student Ambassadors    – Erica Gloyd, 3L

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