My history major prepared me for law school and my career as a lawyer. The history major laid a strong foundation of analytical and critical thinking skills. These skills helped me get into law school and are the skills I use everyday as a lawyer. By majoring in history I learned to be a better thinker and writer. Even if I did not go to law school, I believe these skills would have helped me pursue other careers or graduate study.
I am an international legal officer at the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the War Crimes Chamber. It is a national court with international presence. I work with an American judge who works along side national judges hearing war crimes cases that occurred during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1992 to 1995. I preform legal research regarding genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. I also assist the judges with writing verdicts. One of the cases I worked on involved a defendant convicted of genocide. I first found out about this area of law when I was a history major and took the course where we discussed and read about the Nuremberg Trials, which tried Nazi war criminals from WWII.