During the fall of my 3L year I was given the opportunity to intern at the Women’s Bar Foundation (WBF) as my placement in the Family Law Clinic. I became certified under Rule 3:03 of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, the student practice rule, which allowed me to practice in court under my clinic supervisor. At the WBF I interacted with victims and survivors of domestic violence, researched case law as appropriate, facilitated interaction between clients and pro bono attorneys, and personally represented a client in securing a restraining order.
My work at the WBF opened my eyes to the need for more public interest work and the overwhelming societal need for pro bono representation. I enjoyed my time at the WBF so much that I decided to remain there during the spring of my 3L year, volunteering one day each week. Through my volunteer work, I earned the school’s Public Service Transcript Notation.
My interest in family law began at an early age. I was influenced by my father, who is a practicing family law attorney. My time at the WBF gave me the opportunity to explore and expand that interest. At the WBF I participated in continuing the development of the Family Law Project, which connects pro bono attorneys with victims and survivors of domestic assault. I am proud to have participated in the Family Law Project for my last year at New England Law | Boston.
I recommend that any law student interested in getting practical experience in public interest law consider signing up for a public interest clinic. Through the clinic, New England Law | Boston gave me hands on experience above and beyond anything I imagined when entering the law program in 2010. I walk away from New England Law | Boston a more fulfilled and skilled future attorney.