Andrew Cahill made an easy transition into the legal field when he stepped off the stage at the 2012 Suffolk University Law School commencement and into a position in the Massachusetts office of the attorney general.

“I was taught to be thorough and patient in thinking through legal issues, which I now apply in my legal research and analysis on the job,” said Cahill, a legal analyst.

Lessons learned

Cahill says that the demanding Suffolk University Law School classes “taught us what it takes to be an effective lawyer.”

He remembers Professor Rosanna Cavallaro’s Criminal Law and Evidence lectures as being “undeniably captivating” due to her wit, intensity and knowledge.

From the Honorable Linda Giles’ Trial Practice course he learned “that the two most important things for a trial lawyer are preparation and sincerity. This is advice I’ll implement regardless of the type of work I’m doing in the future.”

And Suffolk Law emphasized the importance of ethics.

“Lawyers have an ethical responsibility to society that goes beyond winning and losing,” he says. “A lawyer must work as hard as he can to be as precise and confident as possible in his analysis.”

'Service is in my blood'

Cahill, who began his civic involvement at age 16 as an intern for the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, says: “Public service is in my blood.”

His new responsibilities include performing legal research for Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Business and Labor Bureau.

“I enjoy being part of a dedicated team of people who protect and advocate for the best interests of the residents of Massachusetts,” he says.

Earlier this year, Cahill was one of four 2012 Suffolk Law graduates to receive the Judge John E. Fenton, Jr., Public Service Award.

The Award, administered by the Law School’s Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service, is the highest paid public service award given by the law school.

Cahill shared his story with other young alumni who were recognized for achieving success in the workplace at a recent Stepping Onto the Ladder event, the first in a Thing Big, Dream Big series. It was presented by the Suffolk Alumni Association in partnership with the University’s Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education.

UpcomingThing Big, Dream Big events will focus on How to Live on $35,000 a Year and LEEDing the Way!