Erica Schwam

Erica Schwam

Sr. Assistant City Attorney


city of houston

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Financial challenges.
Quit a job that paid well because it wasn't a good fit for pursuing my educational goals.
Ignored anyone who said I could not do it.

Education

High School
Clear Lake High School
Bachelor
Political Science and Government, General
University of Houston
Graduate
J.D.
South Texas College of Law
Bachelor
Political Science and Government, General
University of St Thomas

Career

Sr. Assistant City Attorney

I am a government lawyer and prosecute cases in municipal court

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Government
Law
Helping People

Day to Day

I arrive at work at 8 a.m. I usually report to a courtroom and work a trial docket. I speak to people representing themselves, and opposing attorneys. I review my cases and witnesses (usually police officera). I negotiate deals, and offer legal advice to people who work for the city (my client) as assigned through the legal department. Sometimes I have a judge or jury trial if my cases are not able to be settled by early afternoon.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Getting a law degree was hard work! The most valuable skills I learned while working outside the legal profession were people skills. I was a sales person, worked in retail, and participated in legal clinics as part of my education. All of these "hands-on" experiences really helped me build confidence to be a good lawyer.

Advice for Getting Started

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Find people who do what you want to do, and take their advice.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Political Science and Government, General
graduate
Graduate
J.D.
undergrad
Bachelor
Political Science and Government, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"I did not have the right personality to be a lawyer, that I was not aggressive enough."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial