Career Corner: For the love of law
When she’s not busy chasing after her two young ones, Samantha Schosberg Feuer (JD 02) is protecting consumers from fraud as the South Florida bureau chief of the Economic Crime Division of the Florida Attorney General’s Office located in West Palm Beach.
Students considering practice in public interest law can take notes from a graduate who was once in their shoes.
Feuer says litigation experience is crucial. And for those wanting to pursue a career in criminal prosecution, experience at a state attorney’s office or public defender’s office will serve them well.
Getting as much hands-on work experience as possible through internships is the key to future success and discovering your passion, she said.
Feuer stressed choosing an internship that is closely related to the type of law you see yourself practicing, but this can be problematic as few students know exactly what type of law they want to practice after graduation.
The choice shouldn’t be made in a rush, but the more one can narrow down the possibilities, the more beneficial those internships will be in the future.
“It’s ok to make mistakes and take risks; that’s how you learn what you are passionate about in your legal career,” she said.
Her recommendations are to find out as much as possible about the field of law that interests you and to seek advice from alumni.
Graduates, she said, should seek out guidance from alumni because they are typically willing to help.
“UF alumni make up a close-knit community and they will be very likely to assist recent graduates in their careers,” Feuer said.
Her words of encouragement for future and recent graduates focused on the economy and the value of a UF Law degree.
Students are faced with many financial challenges during these economic times. However, Feuer believes that economic trends are shifting for the better and the future looks promising for law students.
“Your UF degree is especially valuable when you’re looking for a job in Florida,” Feuer said
Feuer’s love for the law started at a young age.
“I knew I wanted to be a lawyer since I was nine years old,” she said. It started with her heated discussions with her dad, when he would say “save it for the courtroom.”
Her love for the law carried her through law school and various legal internships. Fortunate enough to have extremely supportive parents, Feuer had the opportunity to work as a legislative correspondent for Sen. Bob Graham, in Washington, D.C., after she graduated from Tufts with her undergraduate degrees in Spanish and International Relations.
While in school, her continued passion for public service and giving back to the community sparked her interest in criminal prosecution.
After graduating from UF Law, Feuer started out her legal career as a criminal prosecutor in the Miami Dade State Attorney’s office where she met her husband, fellow attorney Leonard Feuer.
Of all of the challenges Feuer faces daily, she says the biggest one is balancing work and family. This proves to be a concern for many female lawyers who want both a family and a career. Her advice for finding the balance would be to choose the right significant other.
“The person you chose to spend the rest of your life with makes a tremendous difference in the success of your career,” she said. Fortunately, Feuer chose wisely and she and her husband share the parenting responsibilities equally for 5-year-old Sophia and 2-year-old Jack.
As for what the future of consumer protection law holds, Feuer predicts that the Internet will be the focus as issues of Internet privacy and online scams become more prevalent.
In her spare time, Feuer is an avid reader and heads a book club. Her favorite book is A Hope in the Unseen by Ron Suskind. Currently Feuer is reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed a story about a woman who hikes the Pacific Crest Trail alone and discovers herself along the way.
Feuer also enjoys scrapbooking and says it provides her with a creative outlet.
– Lindsey Tercilla