Internship Highlight – Andrew Tawiah
Hello CSS Community: My name is Andrew Tawiah and I am currently a sophomore pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government & Politics. Being a lawyer has been an interest of mine since middle school. That interest was also accompanied by much indecision regarding law school and what type of law I would want to practice. My curiosity, regarding the profession, led me to reach out to a close family friend and role model, Mr. Raymond Griffith, at the conclusion of my freshman year. When I contacted Mr. Griffith, he stated he was open to assisting me on my journey to law school. As a result, in the summer of 2016, I interned (unpaid) at the Law Office of Raymond O. Griffith.
Mr. Griffith’s firm specializes in Immigration Law, Personal Injury Law, and Criminal Law. While interning at the Law Office of Raymond O. Griffith, I noticed that law is very similar to a team sport; as many different people contribute to the success of a law office. Without the help of paralegals, secretaries, interns, and other lawyers in the office, the work can be extremely stressful. Tasks I completed during my tenure as an intern included conducting legal research, contacting clients, observing trials, and even reaching out to precincts to obtain valuable information. The accomplishment of my internship I look back most fondly of, was when I composed questions for a criminal case that saved our client from prison time.
Although I am still unsure which type of law I would like to practice, interning at the law office helped me discover what type of cases I have a strong affinity for. I found assisting in personal injury and immigration cases very fulfilling. Ultimately, I found that immigration law was more appealing to me than other types of law.