Career Profiles

Anthony Schlehner ‘13

Deputy District Attorney, Orange County District Attorney’s Office

Anthony Schlehner ‘13

What do you do?
I work at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

What excites you most about your job?
I have wanted to work in law enforcement as long as I can remember. I can’t imagine doing anything else with my law degree. My current position allows me to be in court everyday gaining litigation experience. It’s personally rewarding because I feel that what we do matters and impacts people’s lives.

How did your experience at Whittier Law School prepare you for this position?
My experience at Whittier prepared me in numerous ways to be a District Attorney. First, there were several professors with a background in prosecution that were always willing to talk and give advice about what it takes be in the field. Also, by offering a certificate in Criminal Law, I was able to take a lot of different criminal focused courses that allowed me to broaden my resume. Lastly, there are many different advocacy experiences available from both an honors club and classroom side, both of which receive input and teaching from current prosecutors.

Do you have any advice for those seeking employment in your industry?
The best advice I can give is to take as many criminal law courses as possible and don’t shy away from advocacy. While it may not be necessary to be involved in every club or organization on campus, you’re willingness to stand up in front of people and advocate is crucial to gaining employment in this field. Lastly, don’t be afraid to talk to alumni who are currently prosecutors because most of them enjoy coming back to Whittier and helping out in any way possible.