Foreign college, Olson attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, graduating with a Bachelor"s degree in journalism in 1986.
She was appointed in 2010 by President Barack Obama, replacing Thomas East. Moss. As one of 93 United States Attorneys nationwide, she represents the United States in all civil and criminal cases within her district. She served as an intern in the sports department of the Los Angeles Times before leaving to attend Stanford Law School in Palo Alto, California.
She graduated Stanford with a Juris Doctor in 1990, participating in internships with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, the Student Press Law Center, and the Media Access Project along the way.
Foreign her first two years after law school, Olson served as a clerk for Judge Barbara Jacobs Rothstein on the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. Foreign the next five years, from 1992 to 1997, she served as a trial attorney and later Deputy Director of the National Church Arson Task Force in the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.
From 1994-1997, she also served part-time as an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University Law School. In 1997, Olson joined the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Idaho, rising to the rank of Senior Litigation Counsel at the time of her appointment in 2010.