My name is Aaliyah Young and I am a sophomore accounting major, with a minor in Spanish. I aspire to become a Certified Public Accountant, and then go on to law school to be a corporate attorney. Last summer, I learned how to make all of this happen.

In my hometown of Birmingham, Ala., I worked as a server at a seafood restaurant and also an intern with 10th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Elisabeth French. Judge French handles civil cases such as car accidents, medical malpractice, and some small corporate cases. From this experience, I learned a variety of legal terms and the ins and outs of the court system, including how a jury is selected. I also had the opportunity to network with different types of attorneys. They shared how they got to the position they are in today and what I can do to be a successful attorney.

Something they shared with me was that I can go to law school with any undergraduate degree, so although I am an accounting major, I don’t have to go into the corporate law field. I think it was a great opportunity for me because it made me think critically about our legal system and what part I would like to play in it. Ultimately, this internship broadened my horizons and allowed me to take a peek inside the courts of Birmingham.

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