Walter Anthony Jean-Jacques is from Newark, New Jersey and an alumnus of Columbia University and University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice with a Bachelor of Arts degree in African-American Studies with Honors and Political Science and Master of Science in Social Policy. While at Columbia, Walter interned with the National Urban League, Brennan Center for Justice, African American Policy Forum, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and United States House of Representatives. After graduating from Columbia University, Walter was a 6th grade English and Social Studies Teacher for Baltimore City Public Schools, Criminal Defense and Civil Litigation Paralegal for Gerald B. Lefcourt P.C., and K-12 and Early Education Policy Intern for The Century Foundation. While completing his Master of Science in Social Policy degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, Walter was a Graduate Public Policy Fellow for Philadelphia City Council. Currently, Walter is a Law Student at Notre Dame Law School, and will be working as a Legal Intern at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. in New York City during the summer of 2018.
While at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, I was able to obtain data analysis, policy advocacy, legislation writing, and social policy economic skills through my course load as a Master of Science in Social Policy student. The workload has helped me with the rigor of law school so far, especially with having the opportunity to take a course at Penn Law School through one of my electives last year as a MSSP student. Also, it allowed me to have a skill set, which separated me from other candidates to obtain my upcoming position as a legal intern for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.