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School of Law Students Prepare for Legal Careers

By Brett Wilson | August 27, 2013

The 2013 Center fo Global Justice interns.

"I want to be able to make the best use of my time and to serve the Lord in the best capacity that I can," said Regent University School of Law student Nicole Tutrani. "For me, participating in an internship during the summer gives me the opportunity to both learn and serve."

This summer, the School of Law's Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law sent 20 law students to different governmental and non-profit arenas around the world seeking professional legal guidance and support.

Many law students have the chance to put their legal education to action while interning. But rising 3L students, like Tutrani, also had the opportunity to discover areas of law that they could envision themselves having a passion for in the future.

Tutrani was assigned to the Sexual Assault Task Force for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in Norfolk, Va. She explained that every day was a "new adventure," and spent her interning hours helping federal agents with their daily investigative needs. As a result of her time spent with NCIS, Tutrani said her perception of sexual assault cases has changed.

"I learned that things are never as black and white as they seem," said Tutrani. "What really stood out to me is how much crime truly occurs but is not prosecuted."

This was due, Tutrani discovered, to a lack of evidence or a victim's hesitation to relive traumas through a trial process.

Heather Pate, 3L, also came across unprosecuted crimes while serving in Uganda, Africa. Pate interned with Kyampisi Child Care Ministries (KCM), a community-development organization dedicated to eliminating child sacrifice.

"One of the gaps we've found is that there are a lot of cases that get lost in the court system," said Pate.

Pate explained that child sacrifice in Uganda is a superstitious ritual performed by witch doctors in the area. They claim that the mutilation or attack of children will spur successful businesses or healthy marriages.

Pate served as KCM's first legal intern and hopes to return to Uganda next summer to implement a symposium event for government officials to come together and reevaluate their laws on child sacrifice.

"This is such a cause worth fighting for, and they really need attorneys," said Pate. "The little bit I could help and learn from them all was so worth it."

For Danielle Gallaher, 3L, her second summer as a Center for Global Justice intern was also one of discovery, as her work as an intern solidified a calling she was already certain of.

Gallaher spent her summer with the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) and Shared Hope International in Arlington, Va.

"They'd give me a state and I'd look up its legislation with regards to sex trafficking and any other legislation that would bar on that issue, and I would analyze it," said Gallaher. "I'd have to think like a prosecutor."

Gallaher was hired as an intern looking into the human trafficking issue for the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse (NCPCA), a subset of the NDAA. It was then that Gallaher realized she was becoming so much more than an intern—she was becoming a colleague.

"More and more I knew I was interested in this whole thing," said Gallaher.

Learn more about the School of Law and the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law.


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