Faculty Post: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

by Jennifer Howard, Supervising Attorney of the Domestic Violence Institute

A man chases his partner through the house with a kitchen knife. Their three children cry in a bedroom down the hall. The victim needs help, but what is the cost of reaching out? This is the central question each and every victim and survivor of domestic violence has to ask herself or himself, each and every day. Life is full of trade-offs, we all know this. Yet for some reason, our society has managed to oversimplify the dilemma that faces victims of domestic violence: if she wanted to end the violence, she would leave. Many brilliant minds have proffered thousands of reasons disproving this assertion; pointing to everything from fear of retribution to being manipulated back into a relationship by flowers set in a vase of apologies. The factors involved in deciding to stay or attempting to go are complex and very personal, but there is one universal truth under it all: it is a decision only the person affected should or can make. The validity of one’s decisions, even in the face of horrific abuse, is not for outsiders to judge or evaluate. The cost for reaching out: loss of one’s right to make private decisions, privately.

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By Professor Daniel A. Austin

Law school can seem like a pie-eating contest where the reward is more pie. If your diet of coursework, research, and writing leaves you hungry for more, consider working as a teaching or research assistant for a professor during your 2L and 3L years. The pay is not great, usually only $15 per hour max, but it’s a good resume-builder, and you get a close-up view of the teaching or research side of law. Plus, you will probably become better acquainted with the professor than if your only interaction were as a student in her/his class. This can be a good resource at bar admission or letter of recommendation time.

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Welcome Class of 2017!

Last week we were very excited to welcome the Class of 2017 to campus, and we’re glad they’re here! They already have one week of law school under their belts: they’ve survived Orientation, learned the topic of their LSSC Social Justice project, and met their professors for Civil Procedure, Property, and Torts. It’s going to be a great semester!

As summer fades (slowly – it’s 88 degrees today!) into fall, we in the Admissions Office are shifting gears and heading into recruitment season. Our recruiters will be traveling to just about every corner of the country to chat with students who are interested in learning more about Northeastern. (Are you interested in learning more?) To find out if we’ll be coming to a town near you, be sure to check out our Recruitment Map.

If you live in Boston or are planning on visiting soon, you’ll definitely want to sign up for a campus tour or class visit. We’ll also be hosting a Prospective Student Information Session on Thursday, October 9th from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Faculty Post: Real Lawyering from Day One — How Does the Legal Skills in Social Context (LSSC) Social Justice Jump Start Professional Development?

by Susan Maze-Rothstein, Senior Academic Specialist

To compete in today’s rapidly evolving legal profession, law students need to know how, more than ever before, to get practice-ready and fast. The profession can no longer accommodate graduates who need the first five years of practice to really learn how to be a lawyer. Our enrolling students have picked perhaps the most interesting time to go to law school because the law school business model of lecture courses is and must undergo change. They are getting in on the ground floor of the future of lawyering.

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by Melinda Drew, Lawyering Skills Professor and Director of the Academic Success Program

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…

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by Melinda Drew, Lawyering Skills Professor and Director of the Academic Success Program

Often new law students want to know what kind of help is available to them as they begin law school. After all, students are learning a new language, new concepts, and a new way of thinking. Added to that, students will have five classes in the first semester: Civil Procedure, Property, Torts, Legal Research & Writing and Social Justice (Legal Research & Writing and Social Justice are two parts of a course called Legal Skills in Social Context (LSSC)). That is a lot of work but, as one of the student bloggers on this site has said, it is doable.

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Faculty Post: Choosing a Law School

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.

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