Ruchi Shah

Shah_RuchiRuchi is a third-year student at Harvard Law School. She has always been interested in how lawyers can pursue social change – whether it is through direct legal services, policy advocacy, impact litigation, or community lawyering. Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Ruchi graduated from Barnard College in 2010 with a degree in economics and human rights, and with several public interest law internships, at organizations like the Legal Aid Society and the Brennan Center for Justice, under her belt. After college, Ruchi was a paralegal at a nonprofit that worked to reform foster care in the U.S. While at HLS, Ruchi has interned with the Center for Reproductive Rights and the global law firm DLA Piper, and has been involved with the Harvard Environmental Law Review, the Harvard Negotiators, the program on Law and Social Change, and the Harvard Mediation Program.

This semester Ruchi will be working on community economic development in Jamaica Plain through the Community Enterprise Project at HLS’s Transactional Law Clinic. In her spare time, Ruchi aspires to be the best yogi, vegan chef, and coffee snob she can be.