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Ready, Set, Go

Recent Graduates Brief Us On Their Early Career Days

In May, 39 students were honored as graduates at Concordia University School of Law’s 2019 commencement ceremony. This was a class that not only fulfilled their degree requirements but went above and beyond to provide more than 3,500 hours of Pro Bono legal services to the community, which helped them hone their skills by putting their classroom education into practice.

We caught up with a few recent graduates to check on life after law school and find out how their experiences at Concordia Law prepared them for their burgeoning careers.

Chloe McClintick

A native of Orovada, a small farming community in Northern Nevada, Chloe McClintick logged more than 250 hours of “servant leadership” and was recognized for her passion and dedication to serving others with the Jack McMahon Pro Bono Service Impact Award on the evening preceding graduation.

Since graduating in May, Chloe has returned to Nevada—to Carson City—where she is a law clerk in the First Judicial District Court with Judge James Russell. Chloe said it’s advantageous to work for a general jurisdiction judge because it exposes her to all areas of law—family law, felony cases, and civil disputes. As a clerk, Chloe is responsible for drafting all motions that are filed for the court’s review. Additionally, she drafts orders reflecting the judge’s rulings in cases that involve parties who are without counsel.

Concordia Law prides itself on training practice-ready lawyers, and this is something Chloe can attest to. “Because there were so many opportunities to practice my skills as a lawyer outside of the classroom at Concordia, I was able to easily find a job after graduation and I am confident I am ready to be a prosecutor and appear in court when I finish my year clerkship,” said Chloe.

“Between Concordia's rigorous writing classes and many opportunities for externships and pro bono work, I was able to market myself well as a job applicant while also building my confidence as a real-life, grownup lawyer.” Chloe, who is currently pursuing her MBA, has her sights set on being a county prosecutor after her year-long clerkship concludes and sees continued public service in her future. “I’ve always dreamed of running for some kind of public office, maybe a judgeship or a seat in the United States Senate,” said Chloe.

Jay Fulk

An associate at Downes, Tallerico, & Schwalm Law Firm, LLC in Fairbanks, Alaska, Jay Fulk says his education at Concordia Law prepared him well for private practice. Jay specifically cites his experiences with the Housing Clinic and in the Litigation, Planning, & Drafting class as being particularly relevant to his work today.

“I was taught the basics of how to conduct a client consultation and how to effectively ask questions on direct and cross examination,” said Jay of his work with the Housing Clinic. And, during the Litigation class he learned how to polish his writing when drafting motions, “a skill that is absolutely essential in private practice.”

Jay, who will practice civil litigation, family law, employment law, and criminal defense with his firm, said he is striving to make partner in a couple of years and is interested in becoming an employment law specialist. As an associate, Jay’s days consist of writing (client letters, motions, and discovery responses), doing research, meeting with clients and partners, and attending court for arraignments, bail and other various hearings.

Christine Mosier-Crysler

Christine Crysler achieved her dream of earning a law degree 30 years after graduating from high school. She is a wife and a mother of two. After graduating from College of Idaho, Christine held a variety of positions in and relating to the court system—juvenile probation officer, family law facilitator, and program manager and compliance officer—for more than 20 years.

Like Chloe and Jay, Christine believes Concordia Law’s extensive opportunities to work in Boise’s legal community during law school have proved beneficial since graduation. “I participated in a two-term externship with the Idaho Board of Medicine,” said Christine. “This was a great learning experience which allowed me to help write part of the Idaho Administrative Rule for Dietitians that is in effect today.”

Christine is currently working as a paralegal in Vale, Oregon but plans to begin practicing soon. As a paralegal, she assists in drafting legal documents, conducting research, and communicating with clients. “I have been blessed with the opportunity to learn from three experienced attorneys who practice criminal defense, estate planning, family law, and landlord/tenant law,” said Christine.

Christine believes her current position will prepare her to open and manage her own practice in the future. “I hope to provide legal services in rural Eastern Oregon as a sole general practitioner,” said Cristine.

Her determination has already powered Christine through four years of attending law school part-time while she maintained her full-time job, tended to her family, and commuted 55 miles, each way, from her home to campus. Before becoming an attorney, Christine said she was “a jack of all trades, but a master of none.” That was until she graduated last spring and is now a Juris Doctorate.

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