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Summer Internship Confirms Career Choice for Political Science Major

Lily Hall of St. Louis, MO, senior political science major at the University of Mississippi, interned over the summer in the Office of the Missouri Attorney General. The experience further confirmed her desire for a career in the legal profession.

“No one in my family is a lawyer, so it was very special for me to see what I really plan on doing with my life,” said Hall, who is slated to complete her bachelor’s degree in May. “Since I was working at a government agency instead of a law firm, I got to have real hands-on experience with the law.”

Hall is a member of UM’s Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, which provided a stipend for the internship. Her work included not only simple clerical tasks but also reading over and summarizing hundreds of pages of evidence, as well as reading through depositions and deciding which facts would be best for arguing the cases.

“From there, I wrote my very own statement of facts for a legal memo, which was actually used,” she said. “I also wrote several legal memorandums for the assistant attorneys general. These experiences were the most enjoyable yet the most challenging, because I had to put my own research and brain work into drafting the best arguments.”

Hall also visited federal court, Civil Court, Criminal Court and Court of Appeals, and she served as a juror in a mock trial. Another highlight was traveling to Jefferson City, the state capital, where she toured the crime lab and federal prison.

Last spring, Hall was enrolled at the CAPA London Center, an affiliate program of UM’s Study Abroad Office. Based in London, she studied British literature, history and politics, and European politics, and she traveled around Europe. That experience was also supported with an Honors College stipend.

“The main reason I decided to attend Ole Miss was because of the Honors College,” she said. “It gives the best of both the small private school world and the large public university world. I have gained many experiences being a member that I never would have had, such as having dinner with Colin Powell (a campus visitor in spring 2009).”

Her other UM honors include membership in Phi Kappa Phi, UM’s highest overall academic honorary, as well as in Pi Sigma Alpha, Alpha Lamda Delta and Gamma Beta Phi academic honoraries.

After graduation, Hall plans to study international law at a law school yet to be decided. A graduate of Visitation Academy in St. Louis, Hall is the daughter of Nancy Hardman and Shannon Hall.

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