The daily routine of strolling through metal detectors at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York hardly fazed Erik Lindemann ’11 this past summer. After all, six years ago, he had top secret security clearance on one of the world’s largest aircraft carriers, the USS Nimitz. “I’m used to showing up for work and going through several security checkpoints,” says Lindemann, who worked in the securities and fraud division of the federal prosecutor’s office earlier this year.
In less than a decade, the Long Island native has gone from life as a naval officer on the Nimitz—where he slept six inches below a runway for F-18 fighter jets—to that of a law student working on white-collar crime cases. Although Lindemann’s resume includes an array of adventures and reads like that of a Tom Clancy or John Grisham character, he was excited about returning to academia.
“It was thrilling,” Lindemann says. “While I was in the Navy, I really missed intellectual stimulation.” Since becoming a student again, he has participated in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and was recently accepted into an LL.M. program at the London School of Economics.
Armed with an impressive legal education, Lindemann hopes to someday work for the International Criminal Court prosecuting genocide cases, but admits that he’s not tied down to one particular plan. “There’s so much you can do with a law degree,” Lindemann says. “I really just want to be prepared for the opportunities when they come along.”