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Angela Munro ’08 came to law school with a plan to do four co-ops abroad.

“I had studied in Europe and South America and had a master’s in international affairs from the Fletcher School at Tufts,” she says. Angela naturally assumed she’d co-op overseas as well. But her life evolved personally and professionally while she was a student, and she found herself rethinking how she could pursue international law while stateside.

The answer proved to be immigration law. On co-op with Choate Hall & Stewart in Boston, Angela handled an immigration matter — advising a client and preparing an application for legal permanent residence.

Following graduation, Angela built on that experience as a law clerk for the US Immigration Court in Boston; she’s now an attorney advisor for the same court in Washington, DC. “It’s a perfect mix for me, involving human rights, immigration and international matters,” she says.

Co-op 1

US Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, Immigration Court, Miami

Angela worked on a case concerning a woman from Latin America, who had been severely abused by her husband, and was seeking asylum based on that abuse.

Activities

  • International Law Society

Co-op 2

Lurie & Krupp, Boston

At this small firm, Angela second-chaired a two-day criminal trial in state court, and drafted part of a habeas petition to the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Electives

  • Immigration
  • Refugee and Asylum Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law

Co-op 3

Thacher Proffitt & Wood, New York

This gave Angela experience in a large litigation and transactional law firm. Over the summer, she assisted with securitization transactions, including mortgage-backed securitizations.  

Clinic

Domestic Violence Clinic

As a student advocate at Dorchester District Court, Angela advised clients who were seeking protective orders from abusive partners.

Co-op 4

Choate Hall & Stewart, Boston

Angela conducted research and drafted legal memoranda on a variety of issues including choice of law in insurance disputes, judicial review of arbitration awards, and criminal liability for workplace negligence. 

After Graduation

Attorney General’s Honors Program, US Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, Immigration Court, Boston

Angela researched legal issues in pending cases before the Immigration Court and drafted federal decisions and bond memoranda for seven Immigration judges.  

Now

Attorney Advisor, US Department of Justice, Board of Immigration Appeals, Washington, DC

RESULT

An advocate who helps asylum seekers navigate the American legal system.