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.
John Ranges (Class of 2013)
New England Law | Boston has helped me gain public interest law experience in several ways. I have been involved in the school’s CORI project under Professor Siegel since its inception in the fall of 2011. We work with Greater Boston Legal Services in helping clients to file petitions to seal their criminal records so as to allow ex-offenders access to employment and housing. It has been one of the most enriching experiences to help people through this process with the hope of allowing them to better their lives and the lives of their families.
In my second year of law school I participated in the Lawyering Process clinic and worked in the New England Law Clinical Law Office, representing indigent clients in various civil actions under the supervision of clinical law professors. Under my supervisor, Professor Oro, I represented several women in divorce actions and in enforcement of child support orders. The experience allowed me to hone my skills in client counseling, legal writing, and oral advocacy. I filed motions, negotiated with opposing counsel, and advocated on behalf of my clients before probate and family court judges.
In my third year of law school I participated in the Health Law Clinic, where I was placed at the Office of the General Counsel of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services. I helped the attorneys in various aspects of their work on behalf of one of the largest agencies in the Commonwealth. My work varied from legal research, working on discovery, drafting motions, memorandums for administrative hearings, appeals in the Massachusetts superior courts, and federal issues.