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Mark Gould

Mark Gould

Degree: Juris Doctor

Hometown: North Attleboro, MA

"I've always wanted to attend Law School, and I'm now pursuing my dream of one day becoming a judge. "
 
Tell us a little about yourself.

Before coming to UMass Law, I'd been a construction worker, a lifeguard, a tax accountant, a missionary in China, and a soldier in the U.S. Army.

I'm originally from Massachusetts and plan on taking the MA Bar Exam.

Why did you choose UMass Law?

I chose to attend UMass Law because of its focus on Public Interest Law and UMass's reputation for producing talented and dedicated workers locally as well as globally.

I attended Bridgwater State University as an undergrad and thrived under the high quality and diverse Massachusetts state school curriculum. I was excited to hear that UMass now has a Law School. I've always wanted to attend Law School, and I'm now pursuing my dream of one day becoming a judge.

What do you appreciate most about your experience at UMass Law?

I enjoy the small student body as well as taking in the picturesque Southcoast vistas. The faculty are approachable and eager to assist in mastering the material, editing articles, or providing encouragement and career advice.

What are some activities you're involved in?

I'm very involved in attending campus events and participating in student clubs. Delta Theta Phi (Delta), the school's international law fraternity, has put on many social as well as philanthropic events. I was able to make many new friends and networking connections through Delta.

As a member of the Jessup Moot Court Team, I was privileged to represent UMass Law in a mock International Court of Justice trial in Washington, D.C., where we put on an amazing performance while competing with other law schools from around the country.

I've also been involved in the Law Review as well as student government. Both have been invaluable experiences for me.

There are many opportunities to get involved, or you can start your own group. But remember that studies always come first.

Tell us about your internships.

I participated in the Field Placement Program here and had the opportunity to intern for the Honorable Frances A. McIntyre of the MA Superior Court.

It was such an incredible experience! Judge McIntyre would have me observe court hearings, motions, and trials and afterward we would discuss the cases. I was also assigned research and writing projects to work on. She was even willing to listen to my opinions and give me feedback. It was thrilling to see the law work in real life situations.

It was my favorite experience, and I enjoyed it so much that I'm now interning with the Honorable Elspeth B. Cypher of the MA Appeals Court as part of the UMass Law Public Interest Summer Stipend Program.

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