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Taz Islam had a plan.

After earning a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan, she would go to law school to combine her passion for helping families with the legal skills necessary to create social change. Then, she went on co-op with a law firm that had practices in business litigation and employment, and the plan went poof. Though she foresees a future that involves pro bono work, she has turned her attention to a pursuing a career on the private side.

“Before law school, I saw myself working in family law or child welfare, but what I learned at Northeastern is that family law requires an emotional endurance I do not possess,” says Taz. “It was difficult to come to terms with the idea, but when I went on co-op with a medium-size firm that had practices in business litigation and employment law, I realized it was a perfect fit. Specifically I fell in love with employment law, because it requires both critical legal analysis and empathy to assist clients.”

But first, she’s completing a prestigious clerkship with the Massachusetts Appeals Court, where her goal is to explore how judges analyze briefs and come to conclusions.

Co-op 1

US Attorney’s Office, Boston

On her first co-op, Taz jumped into researching various issues relating to an employment discrimination jury trial, the Fifth Amendment, mail and wire fraud, physical restraints of students and a complex asset forfeiture case.

Electives

  • Federal Courts and the Federal System
  • Immigration Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Rights of Non-Citizens
  • Sex, Gender and the Law

Co-op 2

US Department of Labor, Boston

Working with attorneys in the Office of the Solicitor, Taz assisted with projects related to litigation involving Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and case law, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), among others.

Clinic

Civil Rights and Restorative Justice

Taz investigated a 1939 murder in Florida to determine if it constituted the legal definition of a lynching. 

Co-op 3

Meehan, Boyle, Black and Bogdanow, Boston

At a firm that specializes in personal injury cases, Taz drafted motions, prepared and outlined depositions, wrote demand letters and helped with a 10-day trial at Suffolk Superior Court. 

Co-op 4

Burns & Levinson, Boston

For her final co-op, Taz turned her attention to a medium-size firm where she drafted articles for publication on substantive developments in ERISA — a growing area of interest for her — and intellectual property law, among other activities.

Next

Clerk, Massachusetts Appeals Court

Result

An advocate who combines compassion with clarity.