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In her very first co-op, J. Nicole Knox ’12 got to experience firsthand the tactics and planning that go into trial preparation. 

“I was working at the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, and the lead attorney included me in the strategy discussions for a tax case,” Nicole recalls. “I was hooked.”

Nicole used the rest of her co-ops — including an internship with the US Attorney’s Office in New York City — to develop her skills as a business litigator. After law school, she accepted a position as an associate with her former co-op employer, McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney and Carpenter, where she handled cases related to bankruptcy, commercial law and corporate restructuring. In 2013, she took a permanent position as a law clerk with the New Jersey Superior Court. “I wouldn’t be who or where I am today if it weren’t for Northeastern,” she says. 

Co-op 1

Massachusetts Department of Revenue – Litigation Bureau, Boston

Nicole performed legal research and analysis, drafted pleadings and assisted attorneys in case development and preparation for actual trials.   


  • Black Law Students Association (chair)
  • Student Bar Association
  • Council on Legal Education Opportunity



Co-op 2

US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Newark, New Jersey

Under the supervision of the Honorable Joseph A. Greenway, Nicole received a “boost of confidence to take control of who I am as a legal writer.”

Independent Study

After researching and analyzing issues related to corporate free speech, Nicole wrote a case comment on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

Co-op 3

McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, Newark, New Jersey

Nicole explored in depth the branch of law she’s most passionate about: business litigation, including bankruptcy and taxes.


    • Bankruptcy
    • Sustainable Income Development
    • Legal Interviewing and Counseling

Co-op 4

US Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York

Nicole worked in an office that is at the forefront of many important areas of criminal law enforcement, including terrorism, white collar and cyber crime, mortgage fraud, public corruption, gang violence, organized crime, international narcotics trafficking and civil rights violations.


Community Business

Nicole made a difference to small business owners in Boston by helping them secure tax ID numbers, negotiate leases and understand tax requirements.

After Graduation

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Philip H. Mizzone, Superior Court of New Jersey
  • Associate, McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, Newark, New Jersey


Associate, Schenck, Price, Smith & King, Florham Park, New Jersey


An attorney who is passionate about empowering communities through economic development.