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Jake Hogue ’12

Oregon Law leads to Oregon Department of Justice Honors Attorney program

Jake HogueJake Hogue’s job search was a three-year process that began while he was still finishing his J.D. studies at Oregon Law. Having already worked as a legal assistant at a law firm in California for a year before earning his A.M. in social sciences at the University of Chicago, Hogue came to Oregon Law ready to dive into public interest work.

While studying at Oregon Law, Hogue was able to leverage his previous experience to obtain a clerkship with the Oregon Department of Justice, which lasted from early 2010 through late 2011. During this time, he also worked as a legal writing tutor, assisting other students who needed extra help outside of class, and served as Articles Editor for the Oregon Law Review, Oregon Law’s student-run legal journal and the oldest continuously published legal journal in the Pacific Northwest. In addition, Hogue participated in several moot court competitions to hone his legal advocacy skills.

These activities allowed Hogue to build relations with the local legal community, who provided insight into varying career tracks and served as job networking resources. Hogue also took advantage of the school’s Career Center, which helped him identify job opportunities and prepare his application materials.

Since graduating in 2012, Hogue has begun his public interest career as an Honors Attorney for the Oregon Department of Justice. The Honors Attorney program is a two-year program founded to provide exceptional recent law school graduates, particularly those who have served as judicial clerks, with public law experience upon graduating law school. There, Hogue handles his own caseload and works alongside other attorneys to provide valuable legal service to the public.

Hogue credits his success to Oregon Law, where he was able to carve out an education that fit his needs and interests.

“I came to law school knowing that I wanted to work in the public sector,” Hogue said. “Oregon Law helped me narrow that broad interest and turn it into a career in law.”

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