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Kathyrn Barry (Class of 2014)

Day Division
I entered law school with an interest in various types of law and unsure of what I wanted to practice. However I did know I did not want to work in the corporate world. I also knew I needed to gain practical experience. I therefore decided to enroll in the Public Interest Law Seminar and Clinic in the fall of my second year, and perform my clinical work at the school’s in-house clinic, where I was certified as a student attorney under the Massachusetts Student Practice Rule (SJC Rule 3:03).

The clinic was an amazing experience! Although a slightly intimidating prospect to be thrown into a case, it was the best way to learn practical skills. I was exposed to family law, government benefits, and Social Security benefits. I filed motions, wrote a settlement, did potential intakes, and met with clients. The work was hard but I found it easy to commit myself to the work and my clients.

In addition to learning valuable skills I was supervised and mentored by a great supervising attorney, one of the school’s full-time clinical professors. She was there for me every step of the way, offering me guidance as I moved through my cases. When I left the clinic I had gained knowledge and confidence. The clinic made me feel like a lawyer for the first time.

I spent the following summer as an intern for the First Amendment Coalition, an organization committed to greater access to information by the public. I was able to use what I learned in the clinic to contribute to an in-depth study of Freedom of Information Acts in all the New England states.

In my third year I currently sit on the board of directors of the Boston League of Women Voters. I strive to promote voter education and transparency in government. I plan to work in the public interest sector after graduation and I hope to practice First Amendment and employment law. I highly recommend the clinical program and encourage anyone to take advantage of it.

(March 2014)