Tai-Lyn Parboosingh ’22

On co-op, mentors help you navigate the legal landscape and build relationships that will last throughout your career.

Tai-Lyn Parboosingh ’22

Tai-Lyn Parboosingh was eager to go to law school, but not thrilled with the idea of three years in the classroom. “After two years of working, including a year in AmeriCorps, it was important for me to go to a school that prioritized practical training,” says Tai, who also worked at legal start-up that focused on corporate legal matters . “I knew I wanted to attend law school, especially a school that would prepare me for a job at a corporate law firm and would also allow me to learn the law from a social justice perspective so I could give back to my community and deepen my understanding of issues regarding inequity and discrimination.”

At Northeastern, Tai-Lyn found her perfect fit. “The co-op program and the team approach to lawyering really prepare you for success. During the pandemic, I was able to see legal innovation and the incorporation of technology firsthand. Judges had to navigate Zoom court and at Planet Fitness we had to navigate a global pandemic that resulted in the closure of our gyms, which was hurting our business. I also loved how my co-ops allowed me to experience two different states, including Massachusetts and California.”

Today, Tai-Lyn is practicing corporate law with Kirkland & Ellis, an Am Law 100 firm. “When I was offered an associate position at Kirkland & Ellis, my supervisors commended me for my emphasis on collaboration and ability to work well with others. That’s a priority for me and for Northeastern Law, said Tai-Lyn, who also hopes to pave the way for other first-generation college students and lawyers.

 

Co-op

Committee for Public Counsel Services, Roxbury, Massachusetts

On her first co-op, Tai-Lyn assisted attorneys with strategizing, negotiating and drafting motions and legal memorandums in preparation for trial. She also managed discovery and participated in various research and writing projects. 

Activities
  • Black Law Students Association   
  • Committee Against Institutional Racism  
  • Criminal Justice Reform Task Force  
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee  
  • Faculty Appointments Committee  
  • First Generation Law Student Association 
  • Lawyering Fellow (LSSC Program)
  • Multicultural Law Student Association  
  • Student Bar Association   
  • Women’s Law Caucus  
Clinics

Civil Rights and Restorative Justice

Tai-Lyn investigated lynchings and other cold cases from Jim Crow Era. She worked with the families of victims on restorative justice mechanisms to bring restitution and resolution for families and communities.  

Prisoners’ Rights

Tai-Lyn was on the front lines when prisoner calls came into the clinic. Through assisting incarcerated individuals, she developed skills in formulating relationships with clients and making the case for them.  

Co-op

Planet Fitness, Hampton, New Hampshire

At Planet Fitness, Tai-Lyn learned about litigation management and handled projects involving legal research, analysis and drafting in various aspects of franchise, corporate, tax, contract, real estate, employment law and securities law.  

Electives
  • Corporations  
  • Estate Planning  
  • Legal Research and Writing  
  • Negotiation  
  • Refugee and Asylum Law  
Research Assistant

Tai-Lyn assisted a faculty member with research for an article for the American Bar Associations Human Rights magazine’s issue on Educating Youth at Risk. The article focuses on children’s rights to challenge the school-to-prison pipeline.   

Co-op

Kirkland & Ellis, San Francisco, California

At this Am Law 100 firm, Tai-Lyn handled corporate work and litigation matters as well as pro bono projects. This co-op led to a post-graduate associate position for Tai-Lyn.  

Now

Associate, Corporate Practice, Kirkland & Ellis, San Francisco, California 

Result

A legal all-star who puts her team first.