2L explores her passion over the summer in Washington, D.C.
Pursuing a career in law after studying neuroscience during her undergraduate career may not be a path well-traveled, but it was always in the back of 2L Mary Csarny’s mind.
After participating in the Oxford Summer Pre-Law Program through The Ohio State University and the Moritz College of Law as an undergraduate student, Csarny decided law school was the next step for her career.
“Health and science policy is something that I am passionate about because of my background with my neuroscience major” Csarny explained.
The decision to continue her academic career at Ohio State was based on the combination of a welcoming community environment among students, a great faculty, and a strong academic program.
Following her first year at Moritz, Csarny took part in the College’s Washington, D.C., Summer Program and fulfilled a dream of hers by working at the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Policy.
“I had a fantastic experience and it was really great to work on relevant issues that affect everybody, because the safety of our food and drugs does affect everybody,” Csarny said. “Just to contribute even a tiny bit to national public policy was extremely rewarding.”
The day-to-day specifics of her experience were varied depending on what projects she was working on, but Csarny said she worked on research and memo writing for analysts in the office.
Throughout her time in Washington, D.C., Csarny was able to meet with many “movers and shakers” in the capital and received advice from them based on their experiences. Csarny also received a tour of the U.S. Supreme Court building, including seeing Justice Anthony Kennedy’s chambers.
As part of the D.C. program Csarny also took an ethics class, which she said helped prepare her to take the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) in August.
After working at the FDA this summer, Csarny said the experience solidified her desire to go into the same field after she finishes law school. Being in Washington, D.C., and working in an area of law that she is interested in renewed her drive to work hard and return to the FDA one day.
“I am just very grateful that I was able to explore my passion this summer and to work somewhere I have always wanted to work and have a great experience,” Csarny said.