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Law students hone their skills through internship at DA's office

District Attorneys' Ben and Jon David held a conference with a group of interns on Wednesday, during their last week on the job. (Source: WECT) District Attorneys' Ben and Jon David held a conference with a group of interns on Wednesday, during their last week on the job. (Source: WECT)
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

Nine law students from all across the country are preparing for a future in the District Attorney's office.

District Attorneys' Ben and Jon David held a conference with a group of interns on Wednesday, during their last week on the job.

The students have been here all summer long learning the practical side of the law.

Christian Adkins is a second year law student at UNC-Chapel Hill. He said that he's had the chance to see everything from crime scene evaluations all the way through general procedures in the court room.

"There's not a better spot for experience than working in a prosecutor's office," said Adkins. "It's something that a lot of people have pre-conceived notions about what goes on but seeing it first hand, and what you learned, and how it relates on a daily basis, it's a lot different than what you learn in a classroom."

The interns also get hands on experience in the courtroom as well. Third year law students even get to practice their own cases. For interns like Alicia Johnson, who is also a third year law student at NCCU, the experience is one that she will remember throughout her career.

"It's not about us as attorneys or practicing. It's about the people we represent in the community that we stand for," said Johnson. "I think that's something I'll take with me no matter where I'm working or who I'm working for -- that it's never about me. I'm just working for a bigger cause."

The annual program is very competitive and only accepts a certain number of applicants each year based on qualifications. Based on the training they receive, New Hanover and Pender County D-A Ben David said he sees this as a win inside and outside the courtroom.

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