Summer Jobs Snapshot: Learning the Law at Nixon Peabody

Working in a large law firm like Nixon Peabody brings with it a range of responsibilities, some of which are wholly unexpected for a high school student. As David Lozano, a 17-year-old rising senior at Boston Latin Academy, ran down his list of tasks, he casually mentioned, “Oh, I went to the Whitey Bulger trial!” He smilingly described the theatrical, tense trial as “sometimes funny, sometimes kind of boring – and some parts were absolutely terrifying!”

This chance to engage with the legal system is what Emily Schnure, Human Resources Generalist at Nixon Peabody, finds so important about the Summer Jobs Program: “The Bulger trial was open to the public, but few 17-year-olds would think to go to see it. Being at a law firm gives these young adults that exposure – it’s such a great opportunity to introduce students to this field so early on, and especially at a time when they might be entering college and choosing their classes soon.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

David, who plans on continuing his education after graduating from high school, has gotten a taste of intensive research this summer, a skill that he thinks will undoubtedly help him in college: “I’ve really enjoyed the research – it’s satisfying. You’re not only doing what you’re assigned, but you get to learn as you go.” Similarly, he believes the professional environment will stay with him and inform his perspective going forward, saying, “This was my first actual office job, and it’s given me a better understanding of the culture and has helped me to prepare for a career. Everyone is friendly and helpful, and I feel like I can ask questions, even of superiors.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“In our evaluations, we’ve talked about the difference between external and internal clients, which almost every organization has,” Schnure added. “Having experienced both sides at a young age and being able to interact effectively with leadership is a great foundation in any job.”

As for David, who recently gave the student address at the Summer Jobs Program graduation ceremony, a career in law could be on the horizon, he says. With a summer internship working at one of the most prestigious firms in Boston to back him, David’s future looks bright no matter what path he chooses