Jenna Johnson, '10—Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Dayton, OH
Johnson, a 2L student, interned with Legal Aid of Western Ohio in Dayton, Ohio, last summer.
Why did you choose your summer internship?
“I chose to apply to Legal Aid because I wanted a well balanced experience that involved working side by side with family law attorneys and interacting with those in the community in need of legal assistance.”
How has your experience helped you achieve your career goals?
“On any given day at my internship I was able to attend a court hearing, sit in on a client interview, and assist an attorney in writing an appeal. There are very few summer legal positions that can prepare and inspire a law student to work in public interest as much as a Legal Aid internship. Fortunately, the Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program at UC allowed me to pursue this valuable experience.”
What makes UC Law’s summer fellows program so important?
“My summer associate position at Legal Aid fueled my desire to become a lawyer because I witnessed how many people in the community need legal assistance but can not afford it. Without Legal Aid's services, many underprivileged members of the community would be unable to fight any injustice they face. While my daily work helped me to grow professionally, I was also helping Legal Aid to remain an efficient and successful organization. I assisted attorneys with their casework, attended community action days to publicize our free services, and participated in outreach activities to inform the general public of their legal rights.”