Leah Rachel Fischer: Department of Justice


Leah Rachel Fischer was an intern in the Criminal Division AWT Internship for the Department of Justice in 2014. Since 2017, she’s worked as a paralegal on an independent contractor basis while she studies for law school, and she’s looking forward to taking her career a step further.


“[I] worked directly for Karen Bovarnick, Deputy Attorney General of the San Francisco Criminal Division- Appeals, Writs, and Trials office, primarily in researching certain legal issues and writing appellant briefs,” wrote Leah Fischer. “[I] read full transcripts of criminal cases, mostly involving gang activity and first degree murder. Took detailed notes, summarizing cases and depositions for Mrs. Bovarnick to use in her research and writing of appellant briefs. Assisted supervisor in preparing presentations of new laws to different police departments, including preparing PowerPoint presentation and assisting at the lecture.”

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About Leah Rachel Fischer

Leah Rachel Fischer is an experienced paralegal with years of experience, a positive reputation and a promising career outlook. She is currently preparing for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) while working as an independent contractor in Los Angeles, and she holds a Paralegal Certificate at the University of California-East Bay. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Government from the University of Redlands.


Thanks to a diverse upbringing, Leah Rachel Fischer speaks both French and English fluently and has excellent communication skills. She’s also learning to speak Spanish, and she loves to travel. When she isn’t working, she enjoys hiking, yoga, listening to music, attending concerts, swimming, watching/playing sports, volunteering, animal care, watching movies, photography, reading and writing.

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Leah Rachel Fischer: The Value of Volunteering

Leah Rachel Fischer continues to build upon an already successful career in legal services. An experienced legal secretary now working as an independently-contracted paralegal, Fischer is also preparing for the LCAT, and is hopeful to earn acceptance into law school sometime in the very near future.


As she prepares for the next step in her career, Leah Rachel Fischer often looks back fondly of the experience she gained at the Hop-A-Long Animal Rescue. A weekly volunteer at Hop-A-Long between 2005-2007, Fischer committed much of her time to cleaning up animals impacted by oil spills; to helping those affected return to a normal and healthy life.

In 2011, shortly after completing her student career at the University of Red lands, Fischer resumed her volunteer work, in an unofficial capacity, as a helping hand with Liz Dodge (a key member of the Hop-A-Long organization). Tending to the organization’s cat house in Berkeley, California, Fischer helped to maintain a clean and health environment for the animals in residence.

Leah Rachel Fischer: Becoming a Paralegal

Leah Rachel Fischer has long been a member of the legal services profession, having begun her career, in earnest, shortly after graduating from the University of Redlands in 2011. In the years following the reception of her BA in Political Science and Government, Fischer has enjoyed the opportunity to serve as legal assistant for a variety of law firms.



In 2013, Fischer decided to make the leap to paralegal, enrolling at California State University-East Bay on her way to earning her Paralegal Certificate in 2016.

For those seeking a career in the paralegal field, it’s important to carefully consider the time and training needed first; to take some time to answer several important questions right at the outset, such as:

What Education Do You Already Have?
Do You Have the Means to Go to School, or To Acquire the Assistance Necessary to Make It Happen?

What Are Your Long-term Goals?

What Does the Job Market Look Like in Your Area?

Answering the above questions can help you better shape your plans not only to pursue a paralegal education, but to map out your short- and long-term career goals.

Leah Rachel Fischer: Preparing for Law School

Leah Rachel Fischer is currently preparing herself for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT); the standardized exam which measures those skills so necessary for success in any law curriculum. Once she passes the LSAT, Fischer, an experienced legal secretary and paralegal, will begin to prepare herself for law school, an often formidable challenge that can test the limits of even the most dedicated and diligent of students.


Law school may be a challenge, but like anything else, a little preparation and foresight can go a long way. For those looking to survive that ever-so-crucial first year, it’s best to:

Read, Read, and Read Some More

Thinking like a lawyer often requires the ability to read and discern information quickly. As you prepare for law school, it may not hurt to work on improving your reading speed and comprehension skill.

Hone Your Writing Skill

Law school is a writing-heavy endeavor, making the ability to write both clearly and concisely essential. Devoting a bit of time to writing practice is always recommended for pre-law students.

Leah Rachel Fischer: What is Criminal Law?

Professional Paralegal and longtime legal services professional Leah Rachel Fischer has learned much about the law during her career, particularly as it pertains to those areas which constitute and surround the vast fields known as Criminal and Civil Law. Now studying the LSAT on her way toward law school, Fischer continues to absorb as much as she can about law, its many aspects and how best to lay the groundwork for a successful legal career.


Criminal Law, as Leah Rachel Fischer knows, applies to those laws covering criminal acts. Unlike civil law, which is centered primarily on the resolution of legal controversies and the involvement of monetary damages, criminal law directly impacts an individual’s freedom and rights, and often includes such penalties as imprisonment and rights’ forfeiture upon conviction.
The two basic types of criminal law are best known as misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are generally lower level offenses which result in little-to-no imprisonment, while felonies typically involve more serious offenses that warrant more severe punishment (prison time over one year is a standard penalty for felony conviction in many states).