One year later, I found myself in court regularly. I had a fantastic experience at the Somerville office of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), where I received credit through the school’s Criminal Procedure II Clinic. I also was in Bridgewater working with the CPCS Mental Health Litigation unit doing challenging, exciting research on the future of mental health law in Massachusetts. I co-authored an article published in Lawyers Weekly and my name appeared on a reply brief submitted to the Appeals Court. I not only finished school with a substantial legal resume, but a long list of references and connections in the public interest community. None of this would have been possible without the dedicated assistance of the CLSR and the Criminal Procedure II clinic.
Since I finished school after the fall 2012 semester, I became one of thousands of law students graduating this year in a difficult job market. I am incredibly thankful for the extraordinary effort these programs put forth on my behalf. With the help and mentorship of people at the center, I created a proposal for a nonprofit, and will spend the next year working with mentally ill women in the New Hampshire prison system.