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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.

Serena Madar (Class of 2002)

Day Division

The summer after my first year I was awarded a Public Interest Law Association (PILA) grant to work in the Housing Department at the Legal Services Center (LSC) in Jamaica Plain, MA. After studying landlord/tenant law in Property I was very eager to use my knowledge to help indigent tenants fight evictions. My summer at the LSC was amazing -- I had my own clients and I actually was able to put into practical use the knowledge I had gained after my first year. I enjoyed my summer so much that I took the Lawyering Process Clinic my second year and again worked at the LSC; this time under the MA Student Practice Rule [SJC Rule 3:03] I was actually able to argue motions and try my own cases. I am now in my third semester at the LSC doing housing work. The experience that I have gained through these clinics has been invaluable. I have learned how to interview clients, how to write pleadings, how to conduct discovery, how to negotiate with opposing counsel and how to succeed in court. I would highly recommend public interest work because it not only gives you a chance to learn how to be a lawyer, but it also helps the low-income community by providing them with legal services that to which they would otherwise not have access.

February 2002