How do you become a public defender? You set your mind to it, you go to law school, and you work really hard, just like recent New England Law | Boston graduate Jordan Strand ’19. Keep reading for an insider look at her path towards becoming a public defender.

I went to law school for one reason: to become a public defender.

My love for public interest law was cultivated early on. Growing up I was taught a very different narrative than my peers of what it meant to be a “bad person.” My mother always taught me that a person’s character cannot be judged by a single event or a series of unfortunate decisions when there is so much more to who they are. I carried my mother’s lessons with me into law school, and I have a profound sense of gratitude towards her for this.