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Courtney Thomas-Dusing ( Class of 2014)

Hometown: Council Bluffs, IA

Undergraduate school and major: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, English

Extra-curricular or co-curricular activities in which you were involved during law school:

Journal of Gender, Race and Justice

What did you come to law school to become:

A public interest lawyer

Current employer:

Iowa Legal Aid


Iowa City, IA

Job title:

Staff Attorney

Previous positions:

None! I was lucky to find the right job for me right after law school.

Description of what you do:

I represent low-income Iowans in civil legal matters. I focus on tax, family law, and public benefits.

Your favorite part of your job:

Helping people navigate the court system with or without an attorney.

Your interests outside of work:

Sewing, tabletop games, video games, and my dog.

What do you wish your 1L/2L/3L self knew about the job search:

Have goals, but be willing to deviate from them. Do not focus on applying for only one kind if job, but at the same time do not apply for jobs you know you will hate. You will not do well in the interview and it will be a waste of everyone's time.

What advice do you have for success in summer positions:

Get to know the people you are working for. Relationships and personality cohesion are vital to a happy, productive workplace.