Jess holds a history degree and a masters in the history of gender politics from the University of Oxford. She qualified as a solicitor in England in 2017. She is also qualified as a solicitor in Ireland.
Before taking up her position with the Immigrant Council, Jess worked as a solicitor in private practice in Dublin, focussing on Public and Regulatory Law. Prior to this, Jess worked in London variously representing victims of medical negligence and victims of domestic violence.