Student post: A Date with the Daynard Fellow

By Lee V. ‘17

This morning, I had the wonderful opportunity with the Executive Director of Prisoner Legal Services for a half-hour one-on-one conversation. Leslie Walker is a wonderful attorney and a fearsome advocate. She leads an organization with such a compelling public interest mission. And, me? I’m in my second year of law school. Continue reading

Student Post: Hello from the Other Side – A message from your past life before law school

By Smriti ’17

There you are, bug-eyed and beaming with enthusiasm. You feel totally prepared to take on the first year of law school with your new laptop, 50-lb textbook, rainbow highlighters (the boy next to you doesn’t even have a highlighter…) – you feel like the King Kong of Dockser 250 when suddenly you hear your name and you are snatched away from that beautiful memory and snapped back to present day when you are running on 2 hours of sleep and maybe some organic kale juice to keep your body from faltering. This is today…day 32 of 1L year when you are supposed to be callous towards the horrifying practice of cold calling but you crawl into your skin every time you hear your name split the classroom air. You struggle to find that first day “glow”- that steadfast aplomb that made you commit to law school. Your mind is racing to say something…ANYTHING to answer that menacing cold call.

RELAX- this is not Northeastern School of Law (NUSL). NUSL has an amazing collaborative atmosphere where faculty and students work with one another in tandem to overcome any cold calling that may take place in class. Many members of the NUSL faculty value cold calling to build students’ one-the-spot oratory skills necessary to become effective lawyers- but that doesn’t mean you are hung out to dry when you are called on in class to explain a case, concept or simply opine about a court’s decision. You are part of a community that embraces the definition of a collegial atmosphere, and you are guaranteed to find a helping hand (in this case voice) in class that will happily assist you if you find yourself on unsteady ground (after all- who isn’t in unchartered territory in law school?)  Continue reading

Student Post: Become a 21st Century Lawyer

By: Lisa Stevens-Goodnight ’17

Come gather ’round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You’ll be drenched to the bone If your time to you is worth savin’ Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changin’

– The Times They are A-Changin’ by Bob Dylan

Like many students at NUSL, I chose to attend this school for two reasons: first the experiential learning approach to legal education, and second because of the school’s focus on public interest law.  If this rings true for you, I recommend taking the NuLawLab’s Laboratory Seminar in Applied Design & Legal Empowerment.  The NuLawLab is focused on developing better ways to deliver legal services to underserved communities.  The Lab primarily uses human-centered design methods to achieve that goal, but also is working to integrate creative arts and technology into the law.  It is a truly unique endeavor.  The seminar is a three-week intensive that takes students through the design process beginning with a design question and culminating in a tested prototype solution.  My class addressed the question, “How Might We Make Residential Water More Affordable in Boston?”

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Student Post: An Open Letter to the New Occupant of 1L Locker 158

By Greg ’16

Welcome to NUSL! Two years ago, I was in your shoes, gazing into that same metal box in the locker room, slightly overwhelmed but excited to start this new adventure. So take it from me: not only will you survive this, but you will thrive. You are going to love it here.

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Student Post: Kindness as a Legal Strategy

by Brooke, Class of 2016

It is only the third week of my co-op with the ACLU of Arizona, but I have already adjusted to the busy pace and am constantly learning what I see as invaluable lessons. For example, I have tried to make it a habit to arrive half an hour earlier than required, so I have time to make myself some coffee and eat breakfast while getting ready for the day. While I could just eat breakfast at home, this half hour is the only time I can finish things up before the chaos of the day starts and I get new, more urgent assignments. My time at my desk is frequently broken up by depositions and trips to the courthouse, so it is important that I figure out how to maximize my uninterrupted time. In the two and a half weeks I’ve been here, I’ve already gotten to sit in on several depositions and observe court proceedings. I’ve taken to keeping a blazer on the back of my chair at work and in the backseat of my car, because you truly never know when you might need to put on your business face.

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Student Post: Co-op: A Chance to Escape the Snow

by Brooke, Class of 2016

Lots of people think that they need to go to law school in the geographic area in which they plan to practice. But while I know that I want to practice immigration law in the Southwest, I did not want to go to school there. After going to undergrad in Arizona, I was ready for a change of pace, and I was committed to going to a law school with a social justice mission. Everyone chooses Northeastern for a slightly different reasons, but some of the most common reasons are 1) it is a school that promotes social justice at the front of its work, and 2) co-op!

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