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Kayla McEachern (Class of 2014)

Day Division
When I came to law school I had every intention of practicing in the public sector, just in a different capacity than I intend to now. I went to college for Criminal Justice and always planned to work as an assistant district attorney. Serving my community and delivering justice was a goal of mine ever since I was a child. After my first year of law school, however, I shied away from the idea of litigation because I became intimidated by the thought of presenting in a courtroom. I enrolled in the school’s Lawyering Process clinic during the spring of my 2L year with a primary purpose of trying to conquer this fear, and was successful.

Through my placement at the New England Law | Boston Clinical Law Office (the school’s in-house clinic), I was helped many low-income victims of domestic violence, and they helped me as well. My clients gave me a reason to drop my fear of the courtroom: they needed someone to advocate for them and they trusted me to be this person.

After the Lawyering Process clinic ended I applied for a paid position in the office and stayed on for the summer. I continued as a volunteer when the paid portion was complete and earned my Public Service Transcript Notation, continuing to gain experience in this extremely rewarding work.

Building on my experience in the Clinical Law Office, I enrolled in the school’s Family Law Clinic in the final semester of my third year and was placed in the Probate and Family Court in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. From this vantage point, I am continuing to learn and grow, and having the opportunity to see the litigation process from the court’s perspective is eye-opening.

New England Law | Boston prides itself on teaching students to become lawyers and the clinical programs absolutely do this. Obviously, learning the law is important, but learning how to practice it and advocate effectively for your client are even more important.

(March 2014)