Creighton University students participating in the JD/MS in Government Organization and Leadership (GOAL) joint-degree program spend the fall semester of their last year prior to graduation living and working in Washington, D.C.
The centerpiece of the program is a practicum with a federal agency, congressional committee or office of a member of Congress. And starting this fall, a mentorship program has been added. It pairs current students with School of Law alumni living and working in the D.C. area.
Michaela Sims, JD’96, founder of the consulting firm Sims Strategies in Washington, D.C., is the coordinator of the D.C. portion of the GOAL program. She and Michael Kelly, interim dean and program director of GOAL, have been aiming to have a mentorship program in place for several years.
“GOAL is a great program, and we assess and try to improve upon it each year,” Sims says. “A driving force behind the mentorship program is to have more mentors in place to help the students throughout their semester, both with the quality of their externship experience and with their networking for potential post-graduation employment.”
Source: Creighton Lawyer Magazine