Class of 2015
Deputy District Attorney, Sacramento District Attorney’s Office
Undergraduate: UC San Diego
Major: Bachelor's degree, Communications
Monika Troike '15 currently works as a deputy district attorney in the Sacramento
District Attorney's office. "I find my job rewarding because I get to advocate on
behalf of people every day. I specifically find working with victims of crimes to
be rewarding because I am able to allow them to tell their stories and fight to have
the truth heard."
While Troike loves being in the courtroom, it was not her original reason for pursuing law school. "I took a course during college about copyright law and I thought I wanted to be a copyright attorney." When applying to law school, Troike had just completed her Bachelor's degree in communication at the University of California, San Diego in 2012. Having grown up in the Sacramento area, she wanted to be close to her family and support system during law school.
When Troike visited the McGeorge campus, she liked that the law school was on its own campus separate from a larger undergraduate campus. "I had just finished at UC San Diego surrounded by thousands of students. When I toured McGeorge, I liked that it was small and intimate and everyone would be studying in the same field."
While at McGeorge, Troike is grateful she had the opportunity to pursue experiences that would shape her career. She studied different types of law and found her passion for advocating in the courtroom during her trial advocacy course. She also interned at the Sacramento County District Attorney's office which led straight into her current position once she passed the bar exam. If she were to advise a current student, she would advise her to study different areas of the law in order to find her passion. "Copyright law is a long way from trial advocacy. I am glad I discovered that early so that I could shape my desired career right out of school."
Troike worked hard to achieve balance while in law school, which she considers to be an important part of school and career success. "It is easy to get caught up in maintaining grades, applying for internships and jobs, being involved in mock trial, moot court, or law review and to forget balance, family, and fun. Especially as I transitioned into a career, these outside activities really helped balance the long hours many law jobs require."
In fact, Troike's favorite law school memories are a mix of both academic rigor and balance. "Academically, my favorite memory was taking the summer advanced trial advocacy course that lasts one week. I felt like I was able to improve my trial skills exponentially during that course. Socially, my favorite memory was planning and executing the Student Bar Association's welcome back BBQ in conjunction with the admissions department. It was nice to have a school wide event with students, faculty, and staff as a time for everyone to feel included."
As for the future, Troike plans to stay where she is happiest: Advocating in the courtroom for victims of crime at the Sacramento District Attorney's office.