Kenneth Kaufman ’15

I chose Northeastern because I wanted client-based experience before I entered the profession.

Kenneth Kaufman ’15

A high school trip to China “hooked” Kenneth Kaufman on the country’s language and culture. Then, as a Colby College student, he mastered Mandarin. At the same time, his interest in government and East Asian studies inspired a college internship with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee under then-Chair John Kerry, and a post-grad return to China, where he worked for International Bridges to Justice. For Kenneth, it all ties into increasing awareness and understanding among diverse cultures — whether they’re continents or miles apart.

“As a co-op student with the Superior Court and in my post-graduate clerkship with the Supreme Judicial Court, I had unparalleled opportunities to observe and participate in our justice system,” says Kenneth, who is now an associate with Ropes & Gray. “I chose Northeastern because I wanted client-based experience before I entered the profession. Now, through client relations or pro bono work, my goal is to help those who are not generally helped by the system.”

Co-op

Massachusetts Superior Court, Boston, Massachusetts

Kenneth researched and drafted opinions and legal memoranda associated with both criminal and civil matters.

Electives
  • Corporations
  • Evidence
  • Labor Law I
Co-op

US Department of Justice, Environmental Enforcement Division Washington, DC

An interest in government led Kenneth to a co-op in which he researched, analyzed and wrote briefs and memoranda in preparation for complex civil litigation. He also drafted civil complaints under the Clean Air Act.

Activities
  • Jewish Law Students Association
  • NUSL Softball Team
  • Student Bar Association (chair)
Co-op

Ropes & Gray, Boston, Massachusetts

Kenneth accepted a summer associate position with a leading global law firm, where he collaborated with attorneys in the corporate and litigation departments. This co-op led to a post-graduate job offer.

 

Teaching Assistant
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Torts
Co-op

Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, Honolulu, Hawaii

Kenneth spent his final co-op with the largest litigation practice in Hawaii — and, yes, he managed to fit in some beach time as well.

After Graduation

Clerk, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts

Now

Associate, Ropes & Gray, Boston, Massachusetts

Result

A corporate attorney committed to public service.