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.
Jessica Quincosa (Class of 2003)
Throughout my time at New England, I have found opportunities to perform public interest work. Through the clinical courses, I have gained invaluable legal experience and developed an expertise in Family Law and Domestic Violence. In my second year, I enrolled in the Domestic Violence clinic and worked at the Community Legal Services & Counseling Center in Cambridge. The office focuses on the effects of violence and poverty, and the use of legal means to combat such violence. I worked closely with one of the most experienced lawyers in the field, helping him on many aspects of his caseload.
In my third year of law school, I enrolled in the school's Public Interest Law Seminar and Clinic. The seminar portion allowed me explore a wide range of issues in Public Interest Law. The clinic portion allowed me to pursue my family law training, since I worked at the school's in-house clinic, the Clinical Law Office (CLO). I handled family law cases under the supervision of Professor Oro, a Clinical Professor who also teaches Family Law. As with my placement in the Domestic Violence clinic, I was certified under the student practice rule, S.J.C. Rule 3:03, and was authorized to appear in court as a student attorney. In my final semester, I am taking a third clinic, the Family Law Clinic. Based on my background, and with the assistance of the clinical faculty, I was able to obtain a position inside the Probate and Family Court, which is providing me with a new perspective on family law.
Finally, I have pursued public interest work outside the clinics. For example, in the summer of 2002, after my second year of law school, I volunteered as a legal intern at FINEX House, a shelter for battered women. I have continued to work as both the Legal Advocate and a Direct Services advocate, helping women on a broad range of issues, including identifying additional social and legal resources for them. I have also served as chair of the New England School of Law Branch of the ACLU, one of the school's newest, but most active, public interest organizations.