Melinda Veloso (Class of 2013)
Through the school’s Administrative Law Clinic, I worked as an enforcement intern with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination. I developed interviewing skills conducting intake with potential complainants, respondents, and their respective attorneys. I also received constructive feedback from my supervisors regarding my analytical writing abilities as I drafted decisions regarding probable cause for state and federal civil rights laws.
Through the Family Law Clinic, I was a legal intern for the Housing and Family Law departments at Greater Boston Legal Services. I received Rule 3:03 Certification (the student practice rule) from the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and assisted with trial preparation for family and housing law cases. I also conducted weekly legal intakes at Rosie’s Place, a women’s shelter in Boston, where I developed the “issue spotting” skills necessary to properly assist a vulnerable population.
Overall, public interest opportunities have provided me practical experience that highlight and reinforce the textual studies learned in the classroom. Moreover, I believe that these experiences have allowed me to gain an invaluable skill set that is transferable to positions both within the public and private areas of legal practice.