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Amber Trotter
Education

BA, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Major

English

Location

Arlington, Virginia

Prior Work Experience

Paralegal, DiPietro Family Law Group; Legal Assistant, Barnes & Diehl

Work Experience

Summer Internship, Law Offices of Judith Wayne

Amber Trotter

Class of 2020

Amber.L.Trotter@nesl.edu

Why did I choose New England Law?

An attorney I worked with in Virginia went to New England Law and had great things to say about the school. I attended an open house and loved it—the faculty and students were so friendly and made me feel welcomed. Initially, I didn’t really know what to expect from a law school, but I knew New England Law was the right choice as soon as I arrived. Students were eager to tell me about their experiences at the school, and the faculty were enthusiastic in offering their support to the student body. There was one thing that each professor and staff member told me during the open house that’s proven to be 100% accurate: everyone at the school is invested in your success. I loved that. I knew law school wouldn’t be easy, and their assurances and dedication to my education were huge selling points.

On the Faculty

There are not enough good things to say about the faculty I’ve encountered thus far. Every professor I’ve had from my 1L year was accessible and encouraged students to schedule meetings during office hours to discuss course materials. I was incredibly nervous about experiencing the Socratic Method of cold-calling in class, but while most (if not all) professors use some variation of that method, it was totally doable—as long as you did the reading assignments. I appreciated how they guided you through their line of questions in a way that helped you better understand the material and continued moving the class forward.

On Career Services

I was pleasantly surprised by all the Career Services Office does for students. I anticipated having to fend for myself in terms of internship and job searching and was relieved to find out that my Career Services Officer would help me through the process. The positions listed on the school’s job portal are extensive and wide-ranging with respect to locations, different areas of the law, and different-sized firms. Once I found a position, my Career Services Officer met with me to review my résumé, edit my cover letter, and conduct a mock interview. She made sure I was totally prepared and gave me invaluable feedback regarding my interview techniques. I’m happy to say I secured that internship in my first interview.  

One Piece of Advice for Someone Trying to Decide Where to Go to Law School

Visit as many law schools as you can, because the right one will click for you. Talk to the students and ask them about campus life and how they interact with each other. If they’re happy to talk to you—or if they come across as though it’s a chore—that can make your decision a little easier. I had a different school in mind for my top choice, but when I visited it didn’t click for me. I could sense the competition from talking to the students, and the faculty were hardly engaged during the open house. I felt like I’d be lost in a crowd if I attended that school, with no real support network in the faculty. However, I had the complete opposite experience during the open house at New England Law, and that was a game-changer.