New England Law | Boston students perform public service work through clinical courses, student groups, and employment, both paid and volunteer.
Students may obtain transcript recognition for approved public service legal work through the Public Service Transcript Notation Program.
Jessica Winfrey (Class of 2013)
I began my clinical experience at New England Law as a legal intern at Greater Boston Legal Services, in its Housing Unit, a placement I secured through the school’s Public Interest Law Seminar and Clinic. At 22 years old I had no real professional experience and I was quickly thrown into a world where I was largely responsible for the well-being of my clients and the outcomes of their situations.
Working primarily with domestic violence victims who were either homeless or at risk of being homeless, I was humbled by the stories I heard first-hand, and by the trust these women put in me as I worked to help them. From interviewing, to writing letters and motions on their behalf, to presenting their cases in court, I was able to step outside of my comfort zone to realize the great opportunity I had been given to help others.
My supervisor and my clinic professor guided me every step of the way. Through my clinic I was able to obtain a prominent summer internship, as well as lasting personal connections and professional references.
In the second semester of my senior year I enrolled in a second clinic, to try to vary my experience before I graduated. Through the school’s Mediation and Dispute Resolution Clinic, I am working at the Trial Court’s Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution. This has provided me with a unique opportunity to work inside the court system and focus on alternative dispute resolution mechanisms within the courts.
I would absolutely recommend taking a clinical course to any law student who wishes to gain practical experience in their field of interest.