by Jennifer Howard
As officers of the court, fluent in the language, creators of, or at least participants in, its local practices, lawyers sometimes forget that many would-be litigants enter the courthouse with much trepidation and misinformation. While law school on the whole seeks to prepare students for their role as knowledgeable problem solvers, clinics provide students with a unique opportunity to learn about how to use that knowledge to help real people, with real problems. Explaining the legal system is one of an attorney’s most important tasks.
The Domestic Violence Institute at Northeastern University School of Law currently offers students two opportunities to learn to advocate for survivors of domestic violence: one through the Legal Assistance to Victims Project, a new community lawyering project aimed at connecting survivors to legal services at those places they first turn to for help; the other, through the Domestic Violence Clinic, founded in 1991. While both programs strive to educate students about the unique challenges faced by survivors navigating the legal system; it is the Clinic that delivers the chance to advocate in court on their behalf. The experience of direct, in-court advocacy provides soon to be lawyers many important lessons.
By Zach ’17
I made the tough choice to leave the world of teaching to head to law school, knowing that if I did so, I would miss my second grade students every day. That is why I was so pleased to discover the Higg-Lew Leaders program at NUSL.
by Zach ’17
One of the many great experiences I have had at NUSL this fall was the opportunity to take a practice exam. No, I am not that into my studies that I actually enjoy exam-taking, but I appreciate the opportunity that Northeastern provided me to take part in a “test run” without the typical exam pressures.
by Maura Kelly ’87, Assistant Dean and Director of the Center for Co-op & Professional Advancement
Thirty years ago I began my legal education at Northeastern University School of Law. The first day of orientation remains vivid. As part of the Dean’s welcome, he told us who were among our classmates. Our ages ranged from twenty-one to forty-something-year-olds and every age in between. During college we were residential assistants, teaching assistants, athletes, debaters, and student government representatives with majors ranging from political science, English, dance, theater, economics, foreign languages, business, and the sciences. We were first generation college graduates; accountants; labor organizers; teachers; nurses; EMTs; parents; lifeguards; restaurant workers; retail sales clerks; Peace Corp volunteers; business owners; police officers; politicians; artists; actors; and musicians. We were from all over the country and spoke many languages. We aspired to use our law degrees in a myriad of ways. What exhilaration to be among such talent and cross-section of the world! My three years at Northeastern lived up to the excitement of orientation and prepared me for a highly rewarding legal career.
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.
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!
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.