I was able to work this summer as a Consumer Rights Intern at Greater Boston Legal Services. Thank you for providing me with this funding and allowing me to do the exact kind of work I plan to do when I graduate from law school. My experience at GBLS was incredibly educational, motivating, and validating of my career plans. In contrast to my first-year courses, I was able to tangibly and practically learn about law, procedure, and client interaction. I discovered, most importantly, that I do want to continue to work in legal services in the future.
I came to law school to become a better advocate for those in need and because I believe that all people should have access to our justice system. The unmet civil legal need in this country is staggering and I am grateful for organizations like LAF that are attempting to address this need. I am very appreciative of EJA’s generosity which allowed me to contribute to this fight for equal justice this summer.
What is being a lawyer? Is it writing briefs, doing legal research? Is it litigating, and fighting in court? Screaming (respectfully) “I object!” Sure. But it’s also advocating for those that need it most, in whatever way you can, even if it’s unconventional. That is what I’m doing this summer with Harvard Law School’s Education Law Clinic as an Equal Justice America fellow.
My parents did not attend college and making it to law school was a long and arduous road. EJA’s generous award allowed me the opportunity to give back to the community in a very important way that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to do. As a result of my amazing summer experience, I decided to apply to join the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau full time during the next two years. I was fortunate enough to be accepted and this is now shaping my legal curriculum experience. Many of my current cases are clients that I represented over the summer, and I continue to build relationships with them and advocate on their behalf both inside and outside the courtroom. I am so appreciative to Equal Justice America for making this possible.