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“At Northeastern, I found professors and graduates to mentor me in how I wanted to practice law,” says Charlotte Noss ’10.

Having worked as an organizer for low-wage and immigrant laborers before enrolling in Northeastern, Charlotte had seen how law could seem disempowering. “I wanted to demystify it and put it to work in the organizing world,” she says.

Charlotte came to law school with a passion for labor and definite ideas about where she wanted to go on co-op: at nonprofit organizations, law firms and international NGOs at the heart of labor and immigration issues.

She was drawn to Northeastern because of its commitment to public interest. “The law school has an amazing number of graduates doing the kind of work I wanted to do,” Charlotte says, “and professors with great political ability who showed me how to apply law in a practical manner.”

Today, Charlotte puts all of those skills to work as a project attorney at the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center in San Francisco.

LSSC Social Justice Project

Charlotte’s law office team researched innovative state responses to barriers to employment faced by individuals with criminal records.

Co-op 1

Centro del los Derechos del Migrante, Zacatecas, Mexico

Charlotte conducted outreach to plaintiffs for potential guest worker litigation and drafted comments on federal guest worker regulations.

Independent Study

Innovative legal strategies for labor organizers

Working with a classmate, Charlotte interviewed labor lawyers and workers’ rights advocates, assembling a best-practices guide for combining law and organizing. 

Co-op 2

ACLU-Immigrant Rights Project, San Francisco

Charlotte supported litigation defending the constitutional rights of non-citizens and drafted memoranda on suppression of evidence obtained unlawfully by state police.


  • National Lawyers Guild (Northeastern Chapter)
  • Justice for Janitors Coalition
  • Roxbury Against NU Expansion
  • Street Law Clinic Coordinator 

Teaching Assistant


Charlotte provided assistance in this first-year course.


  • Employment Law
  • Strategies for Social Change Lawyering
  • Latino Civil Rights
  • Labor Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Corporations
  • Civil Trial Practice

Co-op 3

Peggy Browning Fellow, La Raza Centro Legal, San Francisco

Charlotte organized day laborers through San Francisco Day Labor Project and used non-traditional strategies to collect unpaid wages.

Co-op 4

Rothner, Segall, Greenstone & Leheny, Pasadena, California

At this union-side labor firm, Charlotte drafted legal memoranda to advise labor union clients.

After Graduation

Skadden Fellow/Project Attorney, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, San Francisco

Charlotte was selected in a highly competitive process as a Skadden Fellow, one of the most prestigious public interest fellowships in the nation. 


An effective organizer, working to change the power dynamic.