Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Though she chose Northeastern, Jillian Sadler ’13 had no intention of staying in Boston.
“I had been in the Peace Corps in Africa, so I was excited to travel,” says Jillian, a native of Los Angeles who trekked the globe on co-op. “Northeastern gave me the opportunity to both study and work abroad.”
Jillian imagined a career in international law, but a prestigious two-year Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship brought her to the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. She’s certain co-op helped her land the fellowship, which is focused on helping homeless and at-risk veterans obtain government benefits. “They had 200 applications for two positions,” Jillian explains. “They told me what made me stand out was my commitment to public interest work as demonstrated by my co-ops.”
And she hasn’t completely ruled out going back overseas. “I feel like I can go anywhere and do anything,” she says.
As a legal intern, Jillian conducted research and wrote policy reports for a nonprofit organization focused on violence against women issues.
Jillian interviewed clients, contacted both state and federal agencies to advocate on behalf of clients and attended administrative hearings.
Jillian completed coursework in International Law, Human Rights, Global Litigation and Trade at the Washington College of Law in Istanbul, Turkey, and Cornell School of Law in Paris.
Jillian served as an upper-level lawyering fellow for a first-year “law office” team.
Jillian conducted interviews and field investigations related to the failings of maternal health care; the information that was used in legal petitions to the Supreme Court of India.
For her final co-op, Jillian worked in the Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section, where she conducted research, wrote legal documents and edited legal monographs.