Many professionals in criminal justice and security are not there because they want to punish offenders, but because they want to help people find solutions to their problems. For someone who sincerely wants to help others, this could be a very rewarding career. Thomas Ross talks about his career as a lawyer.
What degree program did you study?
“I graduated from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, with a Bachelor of Arts in English. I then continued my education and received my Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center.”
What does your current job entail?
“I’m a practicing attorney for Corso Law Group in Houston, Texas. I focus on criminal defense and DWI cases.”
What is your favorite part of your daily duties?
“I enjoy helping my clients realize that there’s always a way to find a solution to their current problem. Our firm is excellent at focusing and meeting our clients needs above all else. It’s a crucial piece of what we do and it separates us from other firms. It can sometimes be a long road, but it’s always worthwhile.”
Do you feel your education prepared you for your current role?
“Yes and no. Attending law school gave me the necessary tools and connections I needed to start my career. It also tested my ability to handle stress, an intense workload, etc. However, I learned the most about my field from being employed full-time as a practicing attorney. I believe as the years go on, I will continue to learn the most important lessons here in the working world.”
Have you participated in any form of continuing education?
“Yes I have. I would say that specifically, participating in the Texas criminal defense lawyers association trial college has been very beneficial for me. I am also certified through the standard field sobriety testing course.”
Do you have any advice for people wanting to pursue a similar career?
“Be ready to work hard and find the right law firm for you.”
Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.