By Randolph C. Reliford Esq., Associate Director of Career Services
May graduate Jesse Allen has received and accepted an offer to be a post-bar law clerk and later an associate attorney with Winet, Patrick, Gayer, Creighton & Hanes, in Vista, CA. There he will be a litigator, defending local public entities in matters involving personal injury, wrongful termination and constitutional law, among other issues. He will develop a great deal of litigation and client counseling skills. Among his responsibilities, Allen noted, “In concert with others, I will manage cases from initial receipt to final disposition; including meeting with clients and witnesses, conducting discovery, drafting and arguing motions and briefs, attending mediations, and assisting with trial.”
Allen found the opportunity through the Thomas Jefferson School of Law clinical education program. According to Allen, “I met with Professor Judybeth Tropp, who reviewed my materials prior to submission and advised me on the process. I was offered an externship for the Fall Semester 2011, and received school credit while gaining invaluable experience.” He also says, “I am very grateful to TJSL for helping me to obtain my first legal experience at the firm [with whom] I now hope to enjoy a long career.”
Like Allen, many students take advantage of the positions offered through the Externship office, the clinics, and the Career Services Office. By developing his skillset, working hard and making a name for himself, Allen was able to secure post-graduate employment at the firm where he worked. His drive and determination will undoubtedly help him make a positive impact on his community. If you have any questions about how to seek a permanent offer from a firm where you intern, schedule an appointment with Career Services.
“I was thrilled to be offered this position,” Allen said. “What excites me the most is the opportunity to litigate cases in a diverse and interesting area of law, and to work closely with highly skilled attorneys who are willing to teach and share their knowledge. Defending our local public entities faced with civil lawsuits, including San Diego area school districts and educational institutions, is very rewarding work and something I am proud to be able to do.”