Our AmeriCorps members leave at the end of their service year with a core set of legal skills and a deep understanding of what low-income families in crisis face. Here's what our members and alumni have to say about their experience serving as an ALA-Massachusetts Advocate:
"In a job market saturated with service-minded programs that engage participants without providing them with adequate training or supervision, ALA-Massachusetts is a refreshing reminder of what a year of service can and should give to a public servant: strength through knowledge and knowledge rooted in genuine frontline experience."
"ALA-Massachusetts is unparalleled for aspiring attorneys."
"This model is a good way for a new attorney to cut her teeth, learn the ropes of legal aid and meet some of the brightest and best mentors around."
"a life-changing experience that I will always carry with me."
"This experience makes me realize how true it is that going to law school only teaches you how to think like a lawyer, practicing law is the only way that you can understand what really happens in the day-to-day."
"I leave the program with the commitment and burden of continuing the fight against poverty through legal advocacy."
"It's been such a reward to have clients appreciate the work that I've done and to know that I've made a meaningful impact in their lives."
"I had the privilege to meet face to face and successfully serve on a near daily basis, the unlucky, the homeless, the forgotten. In a small, but to me significant way, I have made a difference in my community representing the poor before many tribunals with favorable results."
"I learned more in the first month of my service than I did in all of law school."