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Thursday, October 18, 2012

What I Did This Summer: Michael J. Martucci ’14, Law Clerk, Law Office of Susan T. Aguiar

Michael Martucci is a second-year day student at New England Law | Boston. This past summer he worked as a law clerk at the Law Office of Susan, T. Aguiar, a busy solo practice in Boston, MA. As part of our new blog series highlighting student work Michael writes about his summer experience and explains how he found his internship.

My summer job search began around the middle of March. Having absolutely no legal connections in the area, the NEL|B CSO Symplicity site was my only resource for finding a summer internship—and it proved to be a valuable one. It was really important for me to be in Boston for the summer, so I dedicated about 8-10 hours each week looking through the site for new job postings and preparing cover letters. I kept a detailed record of dates and places that I applied, and made sure to follow up on every application and email. By the end of April the persistent effort paid off when I received an offer for a summer law clerk position at a busy solo practice. It was exactly what I was looking for: small firm atmosphere, located in the city, and to top it all off, it was a full-time, paid position.

I was very fortunate in that the attorney I worked for truly enjoyed teaching law students the practical “ins” and “outs” of the profession.  I expected to spend my summer filing papers and answering phones, so I was quite surprised on the first day when the attorney handed me a stack of files and asked me to begin research for a summary judgment motion. In fact, she allowed me to participate in almost every aspect of her personal injury law practice. My responsibilities included legal research, drafting memoranda and legal documents, filing documents at the courthouse, meeting with clients, and communicating with opposing counsel over the phone. It was a great hands-on experience of what it was like to work as an attorney.

My favorite part of the internship was gaining practical legal experience—it really helped to boost my confidence in school. I have no doubt that I am a better student this semester because of the work I did over the summer. The practical knowledge has helped me frame my classwork in a way that allows me to comprehend the material quicker and more thoroughly than before. This has been especially helpful given the heavy workload that accompanies the second-year of law school. The hardest part of the position was constantly juggling several different projects at the same time, especially since I had no prior legal experience. The biggest challenge was time management. However, successfully completing all the projects was by far the most rewarding part of my summer, and the constant juggling actually became enjoyable.

Throughout my whole experience, I found the skills I developed in my first-year Legal Research and Writing (LRW) course to be most useful as I spent the majority of my summer researching cases and drafting arguments. Not only did I get to bolster my research and writing skills, but I also drafted a wide array of court documents, which ended up being very helpful for my LRW class this fall.

Overall, the biggest take-away from my summer internship was the confirmation that I made the right choice to go to law school. I find the work challenging and engaging, and I can honestly say that I want to make a career out of it. Furthermore, it ended up being one of the best summers I can remember. For my next internship, I would like to challenge myself by working in a larger firm as the contrasting atmospheres would be helpful in pinpointing a direction for my future. However, regardless of what I do next, I know that the knowledge and experience I gained working this past summer will put me in a great position to succeed.

  - Michael J. Martucci, Class of 2014

Students have access to internship and postgraduate job postings and can participate in on- and off-campus recruitment programs through our Symplicity site. To access, you will need your Student ID# and a password (sent to you in November of your first year.) If you don't have a password, please email the Career Services Office (CSO) at  To identify your own career goals and create a personalized job search strategy, call the CSO at 617-422-7229 to schedule an appointment with a career counselor.

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