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Adam Walters, 3L

Where are you externing this summer?
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District Office of Counsel 

How did you find and secure this opportunity?
The office accepts application materials through the Northwest Public Service Career Fair, but interviews applicants independently. Well before that time, I contacted an attorney in the office about whether the office attorneys supervised externs. I also reached out to UO alumni employed as attorney advisors to understand more about their work.

What excites you most about this summer externship?
This is a great introduction to government lawyering. I also enjoy the diversity of legal issues arising from the Corps' functions, ranging from environmental to cultural property to individual and systemic security matters. The attorneys in the office are smart, experienced professionals from whom there is much to learn.

How have your studies at Oregon Law thus far prepared you for this summer externship?
Legal Research and Writing continues to be the bedrock of my ability to enter into, and adapt to, new work environments. The research methods and writing strategies I acquired by way of Professor [Suzanne] Rowe's classes help me to devote my energy to substance without wasting time on figuring out the process.

Do you have any advice for future students curious about securing summer employment?
Ask questions, the earlier the better. When people know your interests, they're better able to channel helpful information to you, and possibly be more prepared to jump in and assist should the need arise.

Summer Employment 2013 Web Series