Hello! I graduated summa cum laude from my undergraduate university with a degree in Child and Adolescent development with a dream of attending law school to write and implement policy that will help children in low-income and crisis areas have equal access to quality education.
I am currently in my second year and in the top 15% of my law school. I am the vice-president of the Advocates for Children and Education student organization, chair member for Representatives for Youth in Academic Achievement and an intern with the Child Advocacy Institute.
I chose to attend my particular school because of its world-renowned program for Children’s rights law. Unfortunately, in order for me to continue to make changes in Children’s rights and education, I need to be able to support myself during the school year & over the summer session. While I love working with a non-profit firm dedicated to improving the lives of children, I can no longer afford to work as an unpaid intern. I have sought out a number of other firms in our area that similarly support migrant children, education rights, and children’s rights in general and while I have been offered a number of positions, they are all unpaid. This is very common in this industry as most advocacy organizations are non-profit and unable to expend additional resources on law students.
While most of my peers are able to deal with this unique situation through financial support from their families, My family is unable to provide any support (partly because they themselves are struggling to make ends meet in the current economy, and partly because my sister has recently discovered a brain tumor and does not have insurance). Because of the nature of unpaid internships in law school, I will soon face the choice of leaving the non-profit child advocacy realm or leaving law school completely.
Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated and you can be sure that I will be paying it forward to the best of my ability.