Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Internship at Ballard (grade this essay)

Since I was a little girl I have always wanted to pursue a career in law. Being self-motivated, I always try to take advantage of opportunities that come my way. I feel that obtaining a position as a summer intern at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersol LLP is of the chance of a lifetime.
Once I started High school, I realized that it was extremely important to try to make all the right choices. With that awareness, I made the decision to get involved in extra curricular activities, such as Mock trial, Debate, and dance. I have also developed great qualities within myself, including diligence and a strong work ethic. Developing these qualities has helped me maintain a 3.4 grade point average in school. One of the most important choices that I have made is to enroll myself into the best college that I can.
I started working when I was 15. In May of 2007 I secured my first job at the National Constitution Center as part of the marketing department. Two months later I started working as a summer intern at Ballard Spahr Andrew & Ingersol LLP. I spent my entire summer working, but surprisingly enough, I enjoyed it. Both jobs taught me important lessons. Working at the National Constitution Center taught me the importance of an education. I also learned a great deal about people. While working at Ballard, I learned about the civil courts, and important office skills such as indexing, using office tools and much more. Near summer’s end I was asked to stay permanently as a part time employee at the National Constitution Center. I am currently employed there.
As stated above, I learned a great deal while interning at Ballard. Obtaining an internship position at Ballard this summer could help me gain even more knowledge about being a lawyer. This summer I am interested in learning more about the various types of law, what procedures lawyers take before they present a case in court, and how lawyers become partners in law firms. If I start learning about different aspects of being a lawyer now, I could use it when I go on to law school and when I become a lawyer. Along with gaining knowledge, the opportunity to intern for two consecutive years at a law firm as prestigious as Ballard Spahr would look great on a college résumé.
As is evident, I have a life long ambition of becoming a lawyer. I am very interested in obtaining a position as a summer intern at Ballard Spahr. I believe that this is an opportunity that that I dare not miss.

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