The Law School Magazine  ·  Spring 2009 : Alumni Profiles

3L Spriggs Worked as Counterterrorism Analyst

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No one imagines their final year as an undergraduate to include the government coming to your current and previous neighborhoods to interview your neighbors and friends. That is, especially not when all the questions asked pertain to you and your life.

But that is exactly what happened to 3L Matthew Spriggs, who applied to what he calls “a non-descript mapping agency.”

While earning his bachelor’s degree in management information systems from Miami University he attended a career fair, where different government agencies were represented. Having worked at the Wright Patterson Air Force during high school and college, Spriggs had some experience working for the government.

“I got the call that I got the job, so I packed up and moved to D.C. without really knowing what I’d be doing.”

When he arrived in D.C. he started working as a counterterrorism analyst for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

“When you join, you are put on teams. I was put on the counterterrorism team,” Spriggs said. “It’s like a regular job, only that when you do PowerPoint presentations it’s not about sales, instead it’s about finding this one guy.”

Spriggs worked for the NGA for a year and a half, until he realized he wanted to pursue another career path.

“I enjoyed working there, but I recognized early on that it was not what I wanted to do as a long-term career,” he said. “You have to sacrifice a lot to work there, so you need to be sure that is what you want to do.”

During his first summer at Moritz, he went back to work for the NGA as part of their in-house legal team. He split his second summer up by working the first half at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago and the latter half at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati.

Spriggs will be working in-house at Procter & Gamble after earning his law degree.