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Lynn Stephan (Class of 2012)

Day Division
I began law school at New England Law | Boston in the fall of 2009, seven years after graduating from Mount St. Mary’s College. I graduated from undergrad thinking I would go into social work, but that never happened. I decided to go back to school because I was unhappy with the direction my career had taken and wanted to do something about it. I chose New England Law because of its reputation for a strong dedication to public interest law. Now that I am finishing up my last few months I know I made the right choice.

During my second year, I had the opportunity to work for MetroWest Legal Services in Framingham, MA. I was hired through our school's Lawyering Process Clinic to assist the lead Family Law attorney for the semester. Although I was hired as a spring semester intern, I was asked to stay on for the summer to help with the transition while my supervisor went on maternity leave. I earned the Public Service Transcript Notation for my summer work. This was an extremely rewarding experience. I was able to communicate with clients on a daily basis and my certification under SJC Rule 3:03, the student practice rule, allowed me to represent my clients in court. This year I have the great benefit of working for the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) through the school’s Criminal Procedure II Clinic. I am able to work very closely with my indigent clients and hone my courtroom skills. I am currently in the middle of the application process with CPCS and hope to be working there full time by next fall.

In addition to a full-time class schedule and clinic work, I am also the managing business editor of the New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement (NEJCCC). One of the opportunities afforded to members of the NEJCCC is participation in a Community Outreach Program (COP), through which we teach detainees at the Suffolk County Jail about the legal process they are going through. This opportunity and experience was truly unique and something I would never have gotten to do were it not for New England Law’s strong dedication to public interest law.

I would like to thank the New England Law faculty Boston for its continued dedication to public interest law. The law school’s classes and clinics provided me with the substantive and practical skills needed to succeed as an attorney. I would especially like to thank Professor Russell Engler for managing the entire clinic program, assisting with clinic placements that were sometimes difficult to nail down, and allowing students like me the opportunity to hone classroom skills in a real life setting. I look forward to graduation and beginning my career as a public interest attorney.

(March 2012)