This summer, Megan Peterson ’09 is getting a taste of what it is like to work in law, interning as a law clerk at the New York City firm of Brown Gavalas and Fromm. The firm specializes in several areas, including commercial, insurance and international law.
She learned of the position while investigating internships at the Salisbury Center for Career Services. With the assistance of Associate Director of Employer Relations Joseph Ambrosetti, she got in contact with Robert Brown, a 1978 alumnus of Hobart College, who offered her an internship.
Peterson, a history major, became intrigued by law from several history courses she took, especially those that dealt with legal documents, and although she did not focus her search on positions at law firms, she saw the internship as an exciting opportunity to explore a career in the field.
“It’s something that has always been interesting to me, said Peterson. “I hope to get a taste of what it would be like to have law as a profession if I decide to make it a career.
She is currently working on processing orders and organizing court documents and summons. She is also writing digests for depositions, which are essentially summaries of witness accounts, in order to help attorneys find any errors in accounts.
Much of what she enjoys about the internship is that she is working directly with the attorneys, particularly Brown.
“Being able to work for someone who has excelled in law is helpful for me, she said.
She is also working alongside other interns, many of whom are law students, and her ability to succeed in such a rigorous environment has given her confidence that she is well-suited for a law career.
“It’s challenging work and I think that’s what makes it interesting, she said. “It’s helping me decide if it is something I want to do.