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Interview with Jieun Chang, Foreign Law Intern

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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 standing and leaning against a bannister, a window covered in posters is in the 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.

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