Ida Cortez.

Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals - Gretna, LA

Project Description

Peter Buck Internship Fund Recipient

During my freshman year of high school, I decided that I wanted to be a theoretical physicist. During my freshman year of college, I discovered that I didn’t like physics. There is nothing as terrifying as realizing that you don’t know what your future looks like. I started searching for a career that fit my academic and extracurricular interests: researching, analytical thinking, and public service. One job seemed to fit all of these requirements, judge. As a judge, I will delve deeply into policy, while still being able to affect people’s lives. But, honestly, I’m not sure. There are a lot of steps on the way to a judgeship and I don’t want to achieve my goal only to find that I can’t help people. Being a judge seems like a fulfilling career, but I need up close experience. Judge Wicker’s program offers that.

This internship will allow me to observe law students, lawyers, and the judge herself. In addition, I will be able to go to courts all around the city to witness different types of trials. I have no idea what kind of judge I want to be; watching these events will give me much needed information. During this program, I will be able to have lunch with the people who are where I might be in several years. I will be able to talk to law students and listen to them; I will be able to look at the work they do and decide if it’s what I want to do as well. I will be able to ask the Judge every day about what she is doing and whether she enjoys it. And every time a lawyer walks into the office, I will ask them about what they do and if they like it. Judge Wicker is currently recommending changes to the Louisiana criminal code, something that I will witness. This will give me a window into how laws are made. Who knows, it might even inspire me to be a politician.

If I decide to follow this goal, I’ll have a long and sometimes difficult road. Law school is expensive and I’m terrified that I will graduate, only to discover that I don’t want to be a judge after all. This program will help me understand what I’m striving for, and talking to law students, lawyers, and Judge Wicker will give me the knowledge of how to get there. They can give me real insight: what classes to take, what extracurricular to pursue, in short, how to get where I’m going, and how to find out if I even want to go there. This internship will help me find direction, and the Bowdoin Funded Internship program will allow me to have this experience while also earning needed money to support my expenses during my second year of college. College is the time to discover what you want to do with the rest of your life, which is good, because I’ve got the beginnings of an idea but not much more. I am grateful to have the opportunity to see what it means to be a judge, and I can’t wait to start.

Project Details

  • Date October 16, 2017
  • Tags 2017, Buck, First Year, Law, USA

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