Interview with Jieun Chang, Foreign Law Intern

This post was originally published on this site

Today’s interview is with Jieun Chang, foreign law intern at the Law Library of Congress.  Jieun holds a J.D. and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Information. Enjoy! 

Describe your background

Jieun Chang. Photo by Donna Sokol.

I was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea and came to the United States after getting married. I lived in California for five years and then moved to Virginia where I currently reside.

What is your academic/professional history?

I have a J.D. from UC Davis School of Law and I am currently pursuing a Master of Science in Information from Florida State University. I also hold a Master of Science in Library and Information from Yonsei University (Seoul, South Korea). In addition, I am a member of the Virginia Bar Association.

How would you describe your job to other people?

At the Law Library of Congress, I perform legal research on major legal developments in North Korea and South Korea, and write articles or blog posts under the supervision of Sayuri Umeda, foreign legal specialist. I also assist with selecting Korean legal materials for acquisition in order to improve the Law Library’s collection.

Why did you want to work at the Law Library of Congress?

I am interested in being a law librarian and I wanted to gain valuable work experience at the Law Library of Congress. In addition, I thought this internship would be a very good opportunity for me to learn about foreign legal research.

What is the most interesting fact you have learned about the Law Library of Congress?

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the Law Library of Congress has such a large Korean collection. It has approximately 10,080 titles in the Korean language.

What’s something most of your co-workers do not know about you?

My favorite TV shows are Gilmore Girls, the Americans, and Grey’s Anatomy. I like to listen to the podcasts, especially Fresh Air hosted by Terry Gross. And it is always fun to read the profile section of The New Yorker.