I came to the USF Criminal and Juvenile Justice Clinic believing wholeheartedly in the criminal defense mission but with zero courtroom experience. The clinic not only taught me the practical skills that I had been missing in the most hands-on way possible, but also reinforced my belief that this work is some of the most important out there. I learned something new each time I walked into court, and was entrusted by my professor to work directly with clients, to perform in field investigations, and to make important decisions about my cases from arraignment through preparation for trial. Importantly, I also developed relationships with my classmates that I expect I will be able to draw from for years to come. This experience was one of the best of my law school career and has greatly eased the transition towards my next career as a lawyer.