Student Post: Insider Tip #1: Find a mentor (or 3)

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?

Student Post: Surviving the Polar Vortex

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Spring is coming.

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?”

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Faculty Post: Raising Awareness about Human Trafficking, at Home and Abroad

by Katherine Schulte, Supervising Attorney, Domestic Violence Institute at Northeastern University School of Law

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.

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Student Post: Intensive Week? More like Productive Week!

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.

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Student Post: Monday Holidays

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.

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Student Post: Bring on Exams! We’re Ready

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.

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NUSL in the News Round-Up

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 Brook Baker is quoted in a Tempo.co article about the anticipated affects of the Transpacific Partnership Agreement on Indonesia — Take it or Leave it 

news@Northeastern asks Professor Rachel Rosenbloom three questions about immigration enforcement — 3Qs: Who is American?

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 MagazineYou 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 Advocate1933 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

Student Post: Stepping Away from the Books

by Andrew ’16

It is easy to get wrapped up in law school.  All of my classes are with the same group of people.  And though the doctrinal class schedule rotates in a pattern that keeps it interesting, most of the classes are in one room.  Outside of class, which means in the library, I once again see many of the same faces.  In other words, your world feels smaller in law school.  It may sound like I am complaining, but I promise that I am not.  There are benefits to being around the same people every day.  The familiar environment fosters a sense of collegiality and a feeling that you are taking on the challenge of law school as a group rather than individually.  Law school is challenging and you need all the help you can get to absorb the information you are being taught.  That being said, you also need to get out and do other things when the opportunity arises.

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Student Post: Fall in the City

Campus in Fall 2011by Andrew ’16

Autumn in New England is something special.  September ushers in the arrival of college students from around the globe descending upon Boston and surrounding cities.  The academic inhabitants bring with them an energy you can feel.  The T (the subway) is a little more crowded and the coffee shops are bustling with patrons.  October arrives with cool nights and crisp mornings.  As the leaves begin to turn, Boston looks more like a painting than a real city.  One might think that people would spend more time indoors as the temperature drops and the days become shorter.  However, I’d say that the opposite is true.  Fall is a great time for festivals and special events, and the Boston area has a lion’s share of both.

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Student Post: “Law School: Friends, Not Foes”

Hi everyone! My name is Cory Lamz. I graduated from the University of Denver in Denver, CO, with a B.A. in Journalism, Digital Media Studies and Marketing. I worked full-time as a journalist in some capacity or another throughout undergrad, finishing my degree in November 2012. I worked in telecommunications for six months before diving into law school. I’m a dual-degree student here at Northeastern, which means that I am in a four-year JD/MS program; the masters of science degree is in Music Industry Leadership Studies.

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