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Melysa Alvarez

Hays County Criminal District Attorney – San Marcos, TX


How did you get your job?

I found my internship on the Hays County Criminal District Attorney’s website. I became aware of their internship positions after talking to another St. Mary’s student, Hannah El-Sheikh.

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

The most surprising thing I have learned is that being prepared is not enough. In order to be successful, the attorneys must know every aspect of the law and be able to explain how it applies to their cases. I thought that preparing and practicing would prepare someone to litigate efficiently but the depth to which they understand the material is astonishing.

What do/did you like most about your job?

I like the exposure and environment. This clerkship has helped me understand how to take the theories I have learned in class and apply them to actual cases. I do a lot of writing, which I enjoy because I feel like I am becoming a better writer, while also learning how to articulate better my ideas and explanations.

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

When I initially applied to law school, I wanted to pursue a path that would allow me to practice in family law. During my clerkship with the Hays County Criminal District Attorney’s Civil Division, I have been exposed to family law issues. This experience has allowed me to explore family law and gain a newfound understanding of why I wanted to work in the field. Additionally, my fall semester curriculum will focus on family law; which is another reason I applied for this position. The insight and knowledge I have gained will aid me greatly in my studies.

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

Writing is the foundation of legal studies. I have learned that if you struggle with explaining your ideas you will be unable succeed. By far the most valuable thing I have learned so far is how to organize my writing.

Did your job change in a virtual workplace?  How did you interact with your co-workers?

The majority of the work I do involves research, writing, and organizing. My work has not been greatly impacted by working remotely. Working remotely has required me to manage my time more efficiently. I clerk partially on-site and partially off-site. Each day I have a multitude of meetings and discussions with all my co-workers. While a virtual workplace can be isolating, I have found my department works diligently to combat any feelings of isolation. I have felt greatly connected to everyone.