Thomas Just, a junior double majoring in philosophy and government, will intern in the office of U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett this summer, working directly with the chief of staff and legal counsel.
Just, who served in the United States Air Force before attending the University of Texas at Austin, credits his experience in the Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) Consortium with clinching his decision to go into law and politics. During the fall 2010 semester he did an IE internship in the School of Law, working with second year law student Seth Sanders, which allowed him to attend law classes, interview faculty and attend “ Shaking the Foundations,” an annual conference at Stanford Law School.
“I was able to interact with law school students, professors, renowned legal scholars, judges, established attorneys and politicians,” he said. The interactions he had influenced his ambition of attending law school after he has completed his undergraduate studies.
In the meantime, Just welcomes the opportunity to serve in the congressman’s office. “I am looking forward to being in a situation where I am able to help in any way I can advocate for change,” he said.
To learn more about Thomas Just and what IE means to him, please view his IE video and read his reflection essay. To find out more about the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium’s mission of educating citizen scholars, visit the IE Web site.