Career Profiles

Katie Willhite ‘16

Intern, Attorney General’s Office, California Department of Justice – Criminal Law Division: Appeals, Writs & Trials


Katie Willhite ‘16

What did you do at your internship?
I worked for the Attorney General’s Office, California Department of Justice – Criminal Law Division: Appeals, Writs & Trials. I did a lot of research, and I drafted four respondent briefs that were filed in the California Court of Appeals as well as a habeas corpus petition in Federal District Court. As a Certified Law Clerk, I was able to argue a case in front of the California Court of Appeals. I also participated in the learning seminars provided by the Attorney General’s Office where I visited Federal Courts, Circuit Courts, Superior Courts, and the Coroner’s Office.

What excited you most about your job?
I really enjoy writing and my Moot Court experience got me excited about oral arguments. Being at the Attorney General’s Office allowed me to write and perform oral arguments. Going into law school, I knew that I wanted to be a litigator and this position gave me an opportunity to explore both sides of litigation.

How did you learn of the position?
I found this position on the Symplicity job board. I applied a year before the position started.

How did your education and experience at Whittier Law School prepare you for this position?
The Lawyering Skills course during 1L year and being a member of the Moot Court Honors Board gave me a lot of experience. The skills I learned were those I used most during my externship. Being on Moot Court gave me some practice prior to beginning my externship.

Do you have any advice for students seeking employment in this particular industry?
Make sure you are comfortable researching and writing. Be comfortable asking questions and seeking help.