Law school orientation is coming up soon. Many students want to know what they should do to get ready. My advice is to take care of the things that would otherwise be a distraction for you during the first few weeks. In no particular order, here are some possibilities to consider…
by Roger Abrams, Richardson Professor of Law
This fall I start my 41st year in legal education, teaching Torts, exactly as I did in 1974. Over that period of time, I have taught at five law schools and served as dean at three of those schools, including Northeastern. I thought it might be useful to share with you my experiences at those various schools.
Over the past month or so a number of our students, alumni/ae, and faculty have been featured in a variety of publications. Read on to see what the NUSL community has been up to lately!
by Andrew ’16
I started law school having a great support system. I am lucky enough to have an incredible spouse at home, as well as supportive friends and family. They have been a source of constant encouragement, especially in my decision to go to law school. That being said, the kind of support I have found since being at NUSL has changed my whole school experience.
I think it started before I even stepped foot on campus. Once I knew I would be attending NUSL, I reached out to an NUSL Admissions Ambassador. I asked him numerous questions and he helped calm some of the initial apprehension I had about going into 1L year. Once on campus, I signed up for an upper level mentor through the Student Bar Association (SBA). As a 3L, she has served as an endless source of information throughout the first semester. She gave me the scoop on professors, classes, exams, and just about everything else under the sun. She even looked over a couple of assignments that were particularly troublesome and gave me recommendations. Honestly, in-school support has been a life-saver, if even just to answer some of the unknowns.
Outside of NUSL, there are even more resources for support. For instance, I signed up for a mentor program with a local bar association. They matched me with an attorney who has practiced law in Boston for over a decade. Over lunch last week, he was able to give me some career and interest focused direction as well as insight into what it is like to practice law in the area. There are dozens of bar associations in Boston and beyond with similar programs for students, so it is possible to have several opportunities to meet people in the field. Of course, I am also excited to establish connections with co-op employers and other practitioners in the future. Working professionals are able to give a unique view completely removed from school and help keep in perspective the reason why I came to law school in the first place.
I guess the bottom line is that it never hurts to have friends and confidants. The difference that comes with having a legal mentor is that each of them understands what it means to be a law student. They remember what it was like to have been in my shoes. Without their insight, this experience would have been much different. And really, why go it alone when you don’t have to?
by Cory L. ’16
I may be from Colorado, but I am not good at enduring the cold. When people ask me which I preferred, snow-skiing or snowboarding, I always responded with “neither.” The follow-up, time and time again, was a question of why. I always responded with “Why would I ever be cold on purpose?”
This week, the Law School hosted a series of events to recognize Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The events were co-sponsored by the Law School’s own Program on Human Rights in the Global Economy and Domestic Violence Institute, along with several partners within Northeastern University: the College of Social Sciences and Humanities’ Human Services Program; the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice; Bouvé College of Health Sciences’ Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice; University Health and Counseling Services’ ViSION program; and student groups Not For Sale and UNICEF. The fact that these diverse partners share an interest in raising awareness around this issue speaks to the important and cross-cutting nature of human trafficking.
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 Andrew ’16
In my career before school, I spent years working in industries where Mondays were either slow or a day off from work. When everyone else was beginning their week, I was ending mine. It had its positives and negatives. On the positive side, errands were usually a breeze because no one else was out doing them. On the other hand, on Saturday when it seemed like everyone else slept in, I went to work. Everything changed when I started my college career. Mondays suddenly took on a new identity, one which understandably became much harsher than the slow, relaxed standard to which I had become accustomed. As a result, I always look forward to Monday holidays as a way to rekindle that old feeling and to recharge my battery.
by Cory ’16
Hi folks! Cory here, reporting from 11 weeks into the first semester of law school at Northeastern University School of Law (NUSL). In my last post, I wrote a bit about the community at NUSL. As someone who moved from 2000 miles away, having a Boston community on which to rely was imperative to my success in law school. And in these past few weeks of high stress levels, this group of people has kept me sane.
Over the past month a number of our students and faculty have been featured in a variety of publications. Read on to see what the NUSL community has been up to lately!
Emily Rochon ’13 is Boston Community Capital’s first public-interest law fellow — Boston Community Capital launches a $100K public-interest law fellowship
Professor Daniel Medwed in the New York Times – Parole Is Granted in a 1995 Killing Investigated by a Brooklyn Detective
Dean Jeremy Paul shares his opinion on legal education in preLaw Magazine — You Could Look it Up: What Does Legal Education Really Teach?
The Civil Rights & Restorative Justice Project, founded by Professor Margaret Burnham, continues to do important research on Civil Rights-era (and earlier) cases, like the one recently reported on in the Baton Rouge Advocate — 1933 La. lynching receiving new scrutiny
Professor Dan Austin shares his ideas about solving the student loan debt crisis in the Huffington Post — Not So Fast, Senator! How to Really Solve The Student-Loan Debt Crisis