Unexpected Career Paths: How My Law Degree Took Me to Malawi

Tyler Holmes
I received an email encouraging people to apply for US State Department internships. Seven or eight months later, I was in Malawi.

I received an email encouraging people to apply for US State Department internships. Seven or eight months later, I was in Malawi.

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Since the summer of 2011, almost every message I write to a prospective employer includes lines about how an experience in my current home shaped me on the eve of law school. I have rewritten the paragraphs several times, but no matter how hard I try, there seems to remain the cliché: that summer was life-changing.

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