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Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) Edinburg office

How did you get your job?

I first interned at the Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) Edinburg office as part of the Pro Bono Alternative Spring Break program. I felt the work that they do here was a great example of what any aspiring attorney should strive towards. So, at the end of my week here, I asked if I could come back during the summer. They offered me a spot and I accepted immediately.

What was the most surprising thing you discovered at your job?

As a native to the Rio Grande Valley, I was shocked at how desperate and real the needs of the clients often are. It’s one thing to hear about poverty and struggle on the news or in an article. But it’s a completely different animal being on the “front lines” and helping those who truly need help. This hit me the most serving in the area I grew up around.

What do you like most about your job?

Knowing that everything I’m doing is affecting somebody’s life has given me a great sense of satisfaction. Everybody here genuinely cares about the clients and I’m thrilled to be a small part of the work they do.

How do you think this experience has helped you in your career path?

I entered law school not knowing what kind of lawyer I wanted to be. After my brief time here, I think I want to do public interest. Definitely, the exposure to the areas of law they practice here has giving me an idea of where I want to go.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at this job?

There are ways to help, there are people who need the help. Help them, and do the best job you possibly can do. You might not get a favorable outcome. But, mountains can be moved, even if it’s just a molehill. It’s still somebody’s mountain.

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