Citlalli Vazquez

Summer Job Diaries: Rising 2L Hones Trial Advocacy Skills in Summer Job at United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California

Citalli Vazquez posed portrait

Citlalli Vazquez '24, an incoming member of the Byrne Trial Advocacy Team, is developing her advocacy skills in a summer position at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. 

How did you land your summer job?

I landed my summer job with the U.S Attorney’s Office by perfecting my application materials, applying on time, taking the process seriously, and spending time to prepare for my interview.

What is the most interesting part of your job?

The most interesting part of working at the U.S. Attorney’s Office is being able to work with numerous attorneys on a variety of types of cases and examining the nuances in the law. I have also found it rewarding to observe the attorneys’ personal work styles. Seeing how experienced attorneys handle some of the complex issues that arise has helped me understand how the process works outside the classroom.

What has been your most challenging assignment thus far?

My most challenging assignment has been working on a child exploitation sentencing recommendation.

What new legal skill have you acquired during your summer job?

I have been refining my trial advocacy skills by being able to watch exceptional attorneys in trial.

What bit of legal knowledge have you been able to display?

The work I’ve done so far has helped me display proficient research skills. I am also showing my supervisors that I am eager and willing to develop my knowledge base in areas that I haven’t yet had the opportunity to be exposed to.

How has Loyola helped you map your career path?

The Career Development Office at Loyola specifically notified me about the position at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. My counselor, Katrina Denny, encouraged me to apply and helped me every step of the way by reviewing my resume and answering any questions I had. Without Loyola, I wouldn’t be on the path I am!