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Amanda Bryant
Education

BA, Elmira College

Major

Sociology and Anthropology, and History

Location

Marlborough, Massachusetts

Work Experience

Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Summer Intern and 3:03 Student Practitioner; Public Interest Clinic–Greater Boston Legal Services Housing Division; Judicial Intern, Norfolk County Superior Court

Extracurricular Activities

American Constitution Society, Vice President; Mental Health Alliance, Treasurer; Criminal Law Society; New England Law Office of Admissions, Student Ambassador; Judicial Language Project

Amanda Bryant

Class of 2018

Favorite class I’ve taken.

Besides my clinics and internship experiences, I really enjoyed the Wrongful Convictions class taught by Professor Siegel. I would like to work as a prosecutor following graduation, and this class really challenges students to fully consider all of the issues involved in convicting an individual and to be aware of the many factors that can contribute to wrongful convictions. One of my favorite aspects of the course was that Professor Siegel invited incredible guest speakers to class, who often either worked with people who had been wrongfully convicted or were experts in related fields, such as forensic science. It was great to be able to hear from these people and ask them questions about their experiences.

On Clinical Studies

The clinic programs are amazing, and every student should participate in at least one clinic or internship program during law school. The clinic program allows students to try working in fields they might be interested in and gain real-world experience applying the legal concepts they have learned in class to the practice of law. It is one thing to learn about things like civil procedure and rules of evidence in class, but it is quite another to draft and file documents with the court, meet with clients, and argue a motion before a judge while still in law school.

On Career Services

The Career Services Office (CSO) and its staff are incredible resources. They offer so many services ranging from résumé and cover letter reviews, practice interviews, and career field panels and alumni events. They really demonstrate how much they care about student success by personally checking in with students, helping them navigate internal job postings and LinkedIn, reminding students of upcoming deadlines, and sending out a weekly email with CSO updates. I don’t think many students coming to law school necessarily know things like how to tailor their résumé or interviews for the legal field, but the CSO really does a great job helping to prepare students to confidently search for and receive internships and postgraduate positions.