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.
Justin Kesselman (Class of 2013)
One of the most attractive aspects of New England Law | Boston is the opportunity for a legal education enriched by practical experience. Early on in law school, I decided that I wanted my first practical experience to be in legal aid. After applying and interviewing for a position posted on the Career Services Office’s Symplicity website, I was hired as a legal intern in the Housing Unit at Community Legal Aid in Worcester, MA.
That experience was phenomenal, allowing me to develop practical skills, work on interesting legal issues, and help people solve immediate crises. It was quite a thrill after one year in law school to see a judge read a motion that I drafted and then grant an injunction against a landlord who had been tampering with a tenant's utilities.
For my second internship, I wanted to take advantage of the school's Honors Judicial Internship program. After my 2L year, I had the good fortune of spending the summer interning for Hon. Robert J. Cordy of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. This was really a transformative experience for me. Not only was I able to vastly improve my legal research, writing, and analytical skills, but I also gained a new appreciation of and perspective on the judicial process and the administration of justice.
During my 3L year, I followed up on my state appellate experience with a federal trial court internship with Hon. Frank J. Bailey of the United States Bankruptcy Court. This was another pivotal experience for me, teaching me how courts function on a day-to-day basis as well as providing insight into how judges analyze legal arguments and the lawyers themselves.
Finally, in addition to a wide range of internships, New England Law offers other opportunities for public interest involvement. During law school I took part in both the Public Interest Law Association (PILA) and the Environmental Law Society (ELS). A PILA Grant actually helped fund my internship at Community Legal Aid and is a great resource for students. During my 2L year I served as treasurer of ELS, during which time I helped organize events at the school and made invaluable contacts with practicing attorneys.
I highly recommend that students take advantage of the public interest opportunities at New England Law. My experiences in legal services and in the courts helped me to develop both practical skills and an appreciation for the impact that a lawyer can make in people's lives.