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Caroline Kelley is curious about other cultures.

That’s what led her to create her own college major — in ethnomusicology, combining her interests in anthropology and music. That’s what led her to study abroad in Ghana— to understand how development theory plays out in West Africa. And, as a law student, that same curiosity led Kelley to apply for a summer associate position with a large law firm — a culture with a reputation for long hours and high expectations. What she found was a perfect fit.

“I didn’t have an overarching plan for my time in law school, but wanted to explore all the options available to me,” she says. “On co-op as a summer associate, I deeply enjoyed my time at Ropes & Gray. The attorneys were smart, friendly and honest about big firm life. They were really engaging, and that’s what made the opportunity so enticing.”

While Caroline knows the lifestyle at large law firms can be demanding, she’s up for the challenge. “As someone who is not particularly fluent in economics, I thought I had little to no chance of building a career that involved international transactions and development work. I thought the only people involved in those fields were economists, or those who spoke five languages — and I can barely handle two! But one of the great things about lawyering is you can be involved in any field. As I look to the future, I hope to be involved in international transactions and to do pro bono work that reduces poverty and promotes sustainable development.”

Co-op 1

Legal Vice Presidency, World Bank Group, Washington, DC

For her first co-op, Caroline worked with lawyers at the World Bank on a research project dedicated to re-engaging countries in protracted arrears through sovereign debt restructuring. 

Electives

  • Law and Economic Development
  • Social Welfare Law
  • Employment Law

Co-op 2

Accion International, Cambridge (Massachusetts)

Working with a global nonprofit organization that supports financial services that assist low-income clients, Caroline completed a profile on consumer finance laws applicable to microfinance institutions in Bolivia and drafted contracts. 

Activities

  • International Law Society
  • Human Rights Caucus
  • Northeastern University Law Review

Co-op 3

Ropes & Gray, Boston

For her third co-op, Caroline participated in a summer associate program with a leading global law firm. This co-op resulted in a post-graduate job offer.

 

Clinic

Poverty Law and Practice

In the Poverty Law and Practice Clinic, Caroline used her Spanish language and client communication skills to handle the cases of various applicants for welfare and unemployment insurance benefits. 

Co-op 4

Proyecto de Derechos Económicos Sociales y Culturales, México City

United States. She also drafted a complaint to the Ontario Securities Commission based on Canadian corporate disclosure laws against a mining company exploiting a community in central Mexico. 

Independent Study

NuLawLab

Working with the law school’s NuLawLab, Caroline combined her creative talents and legal problem-solving skills to design graphically engaging materials that explained landlord and tenant rights in accessible terms.

Now

Associate, Ropes & Gray, Boston

Result

A corporate practitioner with a commitment to embracing other cultures.