by Andrew ’16
I find myself spending more time thinking about what happens next. This is a departure from my usual frame of mind since starting law school in August. Beginning on the first day of classes, my intent and focus has been solely on studying, reading, and desperately trying to absorb the information put in front of me. Even during breaks from school, I have become accustomed to my thoughts wandering back to NUSL. There was even a point right around exams that I would have a nightly dream about specific concept or phrase learned in class. I am not sure what changed over the last few weeks, if anything really. I just know that I have recognized a shift.
by Andrew ’16
1L round two is well under way. It seems like the class as a whole is settling back into their respective schedules nicely. So far, there has been some continuity from last semester, allowing for familiarity. However, things have shifted just enough to keep us on our toes.
by Cory ’16
Northeastern University School of Law is founded on experiential education and social justice. Those two components intersect in a unique element of the NUSL curriculum: the Legal Skills in Social Context first-year course (LSSC). The LSSC is a required component for graduation and largely influences student experience at Northeastern.
by Professor Daniel S. Medwed
The famous phrase “with great power comes great responsibility” is associated not only with Spiderman, but also with American prosecutors, who possess the discretion to charge people with crimes and are therefore arguably the most powerful players in the criminal justice system. One significant check on that power is the Brady doctrine, which stems from a 1963 Supreme Court case holding that, prior to trial, prosecutors must disclose all information to the defense that is “favorable” to the defendant and “material” to guilt or punishment.
by Emily Spieler, Hadley Professor of Law
Edward Snowden caused an international debate about whistleblowers when he turned secret national security information over to the media. The conversation that has ensued about our privacy has been deeply important – both to our sense of our own democratic principles and to our understanding of the needs for secrecy in national intelligence.
But while Snowden may not be the typical whistleblower, he nevertheless represents a class of people who decide that they must step forward and raise concerns about activities they believe to be illegal or unsafe. Sometimes, these concerns involve suspected evasion of laws. Often they raise issues that affect the well-being of others.
by Professor Gabriel Arkles
It may sound cliché, but one of the things that I love about teaching is how much I learn from and with my students. It especially delights me when the work the students do outside the classroom, the work I do outside the classroom, and the work we do together inside the classroom build on and strengthen one another. Teaching and doing legislative testimony this semester created one of those opportunities.
At Northeastern University School of Law, we work hard to support students as they prepare for contemporary law practice. We know that litigation is an important tool, but far from the only one that lawyers use to protect their clients’ interests and advocate for social change. Thus, after researching and writing a challenging memo about a tort issue from a litigation angle, my students this semester examined related issues from a policy standpoint: they prepared and presented oral and written legislative testimony in a simulated state legislative hearing about a possible end to tort remedies.
By Andrew ’16
Classes are over! At risk of sounding trite, it seems like only yesterday that we were starting classes. I can still feel the anxiety I had during the first few classes. Then again, the anxiety I feel may be from the fact that exams begin today. Either way, the semester flew by and I can say I am officially through my first semester of law school…almost.
Law school exams are what many fear most. The thought of having only one grade per class, one chance to show what you have learned, is enough to make anyone nervous. You can see the pressure on everyone’s faces and hear it in the tension in their voices. I wish I could say that there was a way around this fate but unfortunately, there is not. This is law school, after all. However, I feel like I have consistently been able to point out where NUSL shines at doing things a little differently. Exam time is no exception.