College of Law

Taylor Carroll

 

Taylor Carroll

Externships are more than just practicing legal skills learned from the classroom. Taylor Carroll was immersed in the full Army experience with the U.S. Army JAG Corps. From taking a tandem jump with the Black Daggers to participating in physical training with other soldiers, she was inspired to grow in leadership skills and a career in international affairs.

  • Hometown: Monroe, Mich.
  • Class Year at Time of Experience: 3L
  • Legal Interest Areas: National security law
  • Experiential Learning Opportunity: Public Service Externship
  • Employer: U.S. Army JAG Corps
  • Experience Timeframe: Summer 2022

Q&A with Taylor Carroll

What type of work did you do?
I worked within the XVIII Airborne Corp in Federal Litigation assisting judge advocates to prosecute cases in federal court for crimes committed on Fort Bragg. Outside of the legal experience I was able to experience the incredible military museums near Fort Bragg, take a ride in a Black Hawk helicopter and even tandem jump with the Black Daggers.

How did Toledo Law prepare you for this experience?
Professor Maara Fink played a big role in building my confidence prior to going into this experience. Starting a new externship can be extremely intimidating and she was able to soothe my nerves and prepare me for the things less doctrinal issues law school does not teach.

What were the benefits of participating in this experience?
This summer gave me the full Army experience. I was able to participate in physical training with other soldiers, and was welcomed with open arms into the Army JAG Corps. Entering this summer I only had Hollywood as a reference to Army life. Since arriving I have only experienced camaraderie and support from colonel to private. The people I have met in my short time here have inspired me to be a better friend and leader. Leadership within the XVIII Airborne Corps truly begins at the top and flows through every department allowing space for lawyers to enjoy the advocacy part of their career.

How will this experience help you advance your career goals?
This summer has helped me to reframe my goals for the future. Interns were also offered an Early Decision Program so we will know whether the Army will be offering us a position by Sept. 1, 2022.

Why did you choose Toledo Law?
Toledo is my second home. I had attended undergrad at Toledo as well, so to return for law school was exciting. I knew I was returning to a community who is supportive and truly invested in our futures.

What advice do you have for incoming students?
Your success is measured by your motivation, dedication, and above all else, ability to be kind. The friendships and connections you make over the next few years will take you so much farther than any LSAT or exam score.

What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to accept a position with the Army JAG Corps if it is offered. After this summer, I now have a goal to deploy overseas and possibly have the unique opportunity as a young attorney to participate in the current international affairs happening in Europe.


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Last Updated: 10/12/22