Judith Pollock-Ciampi grew-up listening to her uncle, who was chief justice of Boston Juvenile Court, narrate captivating stories of the courtroom. So, by the time she was 13 she decided her own future was in law.
She nurtured that fascination with the legal system first in herself and later in students in her NECC paralegal classes.
“I enjoy spreading my love of the law with others and inspiring them to pursue a career in the law,” she says. “NECC is a great place to see if the law is the right career path for you.”
Northern Essex’s Paralegal Studies Program is one of only six American Bar Association (ABA) approved programs in Massachusetts. Students can enter the workforce or prepare to transfer to a four-year college. According to Professor Pollock-Ciampi, graduates work in all areas of the law including criminal, family, real estate, corporate, insurance, administrative law, personal injury, bankruptcy, and immigration
After graduating from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Professor Pollock-Ciampi attended the New England School of Law where she was on Law Review which helped her hone her legal research and writing skills. This led to her first teaching position as a legal writing instructor to first-year law students.
For 10 years she worked as a corporate attorney first at Raytheon Corporation and later for a handful of small software companies. She became a part-time staff associate for the NECC Paralegal Program in 1998. She assumed the role of program coordinator the following year and began teaching full time.
Professor Pollock-Ciampi says she loves that the law is ever changing and always interesting. Two facts she enjoys sharing with her students.
“I engage my students by always trying new and innovative teaching techniques and by bringing my real life legal experience into the classroom,” she says.