NUSL professor Margaret Burnham met Nelson Mandela, who passed away yesterday, when he appointed her to an international human rights commission. Today she shares some of her thoughts and memories of him in the news @ Northeastern 3Qs column.
by Cory Lamz ’16
It’s finals time for 1Ls at NUSL – so what does that mean? Little time, lots to do and handfuls of stressed students. One thing that helps alleviate some of that stress is knowing what co-op you have lined up for summer 2014.
Let’s start with the basic question: what is a co-op? A co-op is a hands-on learning experience during which you, the student, get to live, breathe, and work as a lawyer. NUSL is unique in that the co-op program, the school’s experiential learning component, is built into the curriculum such that, upon graduating, you have completed one year of lawyering work. Pretty cool.
by Andrew ’16
The long awaited Thanksgiving break is only a week away! NUSL is literally buzzing with anticipation of the holiday. I know I am looking forward to my annual anniversary trip to Portland, Maine with my partner. I have heard others talk about plane and bus trips to scramble home for the long weekend, while others are making plans locally. Many conversations about the break revolve around the excitement of good food and even more focus on the opportunity to re-experience what law students miss the most…sleep. Some classmates have gone beyond the break and started to ponder next semester by speculating about which professors we will have for our doctrinal classes. However, at the forefront of almost all of our minds at this point in the semester are two things…outlining and finals.
by Professor David Phillips
Criminal prosecutions brought by the Justice Department and civil actions instituted by the Securities and Exchange Commission against parties accused of “insider trading” have been prominent in the news lately. SAC Capital Advisers LP, a hedge fund, in a settlement of a criminal prosecution by the United District Attorney for the Southern District of Manhattan, has agreed to pay a penalty of $1.8 billion. That criminal penalty is in addition to an earlier settlement with the SEC involving a civil penalty of $616 million. These actions follow an earlier criminal prosecution involving another prominent hedge fund, Galleon, and its founder, Raj Rajaratnam, also for insider trading.
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
by Andrew ’16
NUSL has a unique take on education, and it shows by the focus it gives to experiential learning. In addition to doctrinal classwork, students get experience working in the law long before they graduate. It is one of the features of NUSL that initially caught my attention, and it ultimately became the reason I chose to come to this school. The Cooperative Legal Education Program is one way they accomplish the task of exposing students to legal world. The other way is through their Legal Skills in Social Context (LSSC) curriculum. In LSSC’s Social Justice Program, students work with a small group of other students, a faculty supervisor, and a supervising attorney to do substantive legal work with a legal organization or task. This is not a lecture class or a seminar. Instead it is a dynamic, year-long project working for a real client doing real legal work.
Contrary to a popular canard, the law is NOT all easily found – and for free! – on the Internet. Paradoxically, the explosion of plentiful on-line legal information is making it more important, not less, for law students and lawyers to become skilled legal researchers and continually update their research skills.
The law permeates everything and changes constantly. Legal research remains a bedrock experiential skill for anyone working in the law. The 2013 National Conference of Bar Examiners’ NCBE Job Analysis: A Study of the Newly Licensed Lawyer confirmed earlier studies showing that legal research is a crucial experiential skill in practice. 98% of newly licensed lawyers reported performing electronic research, and 91% performed print research. Surveys done last summer at two law schools showed that 66 – 76% of law students reported spending at least half of their time conducting research while on work externships.
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.