Read my story

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005, Jillian Tuck ’12 worked in Guatemala as a human rights observer. She was appalled by the atrocities described by survivors of the Guatemalan Civil War and fascinated by the legal aspects of the genocide case in which they were testifying. Jillian was convinced that law school wasn’t the right fit for her until she learned about Northeastern’s collaborative atmosphere and social justice focus.

Now on staff at Physicians for Human Rights, where she spent her third co-op, Jillian teaches healthcare professionals about asylum law and trains them in writing medical-legal affidavits and testifying in court on behalf of asylum seekers. “I’m now a colleague of the human and immigrant rights advocates I admired before I ever thought about going to law school, “says Jillian. “Northeastern enabled me to take a seat at the table.”

Co-op 1

Paso Del Norte Civil Rights Project, El Paso, Texas

Jillian worked to provide economic justice for immigrant workers and helped research a civil rights abuse case in which a gay couple was forced out of a food establishment.

Activities

  • National Lawyers Guild
  • Detention Watch Network
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Admissions Committee

Co-op 2

Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, El Paso, Texas

Inspired to continue assisting the community she connected with during her first co-op, Jillian returned to El Paso to help provide pro bono legal assistance to asylum seekers, battered women, crime victims and unaccompanied minors. 

Clinic

Domestic Violence

Jillian contributed to the work of the Domestic Violence Institute every year while at Northeastern, including serving as a patient advocate at Boston Medical Center and as a clinical teaching assistant.

Co-op 3

Physicians for Human Rights, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Jillian was awarded a PHRGE (Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy) fellowship to pursue her third co-op, where she met her current boss. 

Electives

  • Immigration Law
  • Refugee and Asylum Law
  • Rights of Noncitizens Seminar
  • Lawyering for Spanish Speaking Clients
  • Constitutional Law
  • Social Welfare Law
  • Civil Trial Practice

Co-op 4

Joyce and Associates, Boston, Massachusetts

At this private immigration firm, Jillian gained experience drafting motions, thinking creatively about complicated cases, and writing briefs to the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Special Project

Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project

Jillian helped classmate Elizabeth Tully ’12 found this organization’s Northeastern chapter, which provides legal representation to Iraqi refugees seeking to resettle in the US.

After graduation

Asylum Associate, Physicians for Human Rights, Cambridge

Now

Senior Program Leader, Rights at Risk, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Cambridge

Result

A helping hand for those seeking humanitarian protection.