Centre Safe Legal Services
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Kelly Moore

Liberal Arts Major: Political Science
Minor: History, Sociology
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Spring 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

At Centre Safe, I am tasked daily with duties such as drafting court documents, participating in and completing client intakes, keeping up to date with grant information as we are a non-profit, and other similar tasks. Outside of my physical duties, I also observe the attorneys throughout their preparation sessions with Penn State Law externs as well as sitting in on court hearings when we have them!

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, this experience has taught me a multitude of skills that have proven to be helpful while performing in school. Among this is teamwork. Much of my life, I struggled with being able to perform well while working with others. Although while I am at work, there are not very many tasks that do not go through just about every employee before being considered done. Thus, I have had to increase my ability to perform different tasks that are prevalent in my academic life as well as my work life.

"I work in an environment where I am overseen doing tasks that actually reach the courthouse thus improving knowledge in the field that is seemingly untouchable."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

As an aspiring lawyer, undergraduate students hardly get to be so close to actual cases and clients, thus they mainly learn more administrative properties in place of legal properties. I work in an environment where I am overseen doing tasks that actually reach the courthouse thus improving knowledge in the field that is seemingly untouchable. This will allow a great deal of uniqueness and career ability that is more rare for students my age.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

At a point where I was lost on what to do next, my advisor was aware of a non-profit legal service that was currently looking for assistance from Penn State Law professors. Knowing it was a long shot, she advised that I email the director and see if there was anything an undergraduate student would be able to do. Without that push, I would have never received such an amazing opportunity to further my career goals.

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