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Phillip Ericksen

Texas State University – San Marcos, TX


How did you get your job?

I learned about this position on the Job Listings tab in CORE, the online portal operated by the Office of Career Strategy. I applied through CORE, and I received an offer after an interview. Alongside the work position, I earned three Experiential Learning credits through the Externship program.

What did you like most about your job?

I enjoyed observing meetings the attorneys had with the student-clients. I liked seeing the attorneys’ different styles of connecting with students and applying the law to their cases. I also appreciated the welcoming and friendly nature of the three attorneys and administrative assistant.

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

This was a great first work position in a legal setting. I observed student-client meetings related to property law, criminal law, immigration law, and family law. Exposure to these areas taught me about real-world issues and solutions. As I try to chart a career path, I’m confident this variety of practice areas I observed will be beneficial.

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

Fundamental legal advice goes a long way in improving lives. For example, many student-clients needed guidance regarding difficult situations with landlords. This guidance presented options, eased their minds, and kept their educational goals within reach.