Freshman and Terrier F1RST Jerry Chen receives fellowship for project aiming to address lack of legal education in students
Growing up in New York City in a predominantly immigrant community below the poverty line, Jerry Chen, a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences, said he noticed gaps in the education system in his area. So he decided to do something about it.
Chen is currently a housing intern working on special projects at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination in Boston, a local civil law enforcement agency. Chen said he thinks advocacy work is a “huge part in our society right now,” and legal education in particular gives individuals the tools to advocate for themselves.
To further his cause, Chen started a project called the “Legal Studies Institute,” which increases the aim of using this legal knowledge in students.