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Courtney P. Herndon ’15

“At New England Law, you get a lot of individual attention and as many opportunities as you want to seek out. I’ve had amazing professors and mentors, was able to take a clinic, and interned with two different judges.”

After 10 years tending and managing bars in Seattle, Courtney decided against opening her own restaurant and instead moved to Boston to test her aspiration to become a lawyer. Now a 3L, she is editor-in-chief of the New England Law Review and a judicial intern in Federal District Court with Judge William G. Young ’01 (honorary). Her career focus is on trademark and copyright litigation.

Courtney honed her client counseling skills working as a student attorney through a Public Interest Law Clinic and she further developed her writing skills during an honors judicial internship at the Massachusetts Appeals Court with Justice Geraldine S. Hines ’06 (honorary). In addition to all her developmental experiences, Courtney says that the diversity of the school has enriched her life.

“Coming to New England Law was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’ve gained so much self-confidence and realized abilities I didn’t know I had. It has absolutely changed the course of my life.”

Joseph R. Flynn ’15

“New England Law professors are great about bringing real-world experience and applications to the classroom. When you’re presenting your oral argument in front of a justice on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court—like we did in our Criminal Procedure II class—and he’s questioning you as if you were a licensed attorney, that’s really special.”

After his experience presenting oral arguments before Justice Robert J. Cordy ’04 (honorary), Joe briefly considered criminal law and was a summer intern in the Appeals Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office. Then he was hired for a full-time position by Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz LLP in its corporate law division, with help from New England Law’s Career Services Office. It’s an ideal landing, he says, because it blends his interests in business and law.

With a goal of graduating debt free, Joe works full time, attends evening classes, and has excelled academically to qualify for Trustee Academic Scholarships throughout his four years. Prior to working at Pearl Cohen, he worked for a local default servicing law firm for three years, managing their Florida operations and 40 to 50 employees.

“Law school really tests your ability to balance all the different areas of your life. It helps a lot that in the evening program there’s a strong sense of community, that we’re all in this together. The professors understand our situation and are dedicated to our success, not only academically but as future lawyers.”

Tiffany M. Knapp ’15

“I am so appreciative of the opportunities here for hands-on experiences that have helped me learn what works in the real world.”

The first in her family to attend college, Tiffany studied computer science and was working as a software engineer. But something was missing. “I wanted to do good in the world,” she said.

Although initially drawn to public interest law, an introduction to intellectual property law stoked her interests, and simulated litigation exercises in her Patent Law class confirmed them.  This spring she will intern with the patent litigation group at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Tiffany credits the law school’s professors for fostering an exceptional sense of community and guiding her to the many hands-on programs the school offers.  Last summer she interned at the Massachusetts Appeals Court with Justice Mitchell J. Sikora, Jr., and learned about advocacy technique while observing oral arguments. She was also a research assistant to Professor Peter Karol. Now executive online editor of Law Review and vice president of the American Constitutional Society, Tiffany has accepted a post-graduation clerkship with Joseph F. Stanton ’94, clerk of the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

“Many patent law firms have great pro bono programs, so I want to balance a career that I love with helping people in need—New England Law really emphasizes that.”