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 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 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 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.
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.
The Northeastern University Law Journal is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a Symposium on Prisoners’ Rights in the Modern Era in January 2014. In sponsoring this symposium, the Journal Staff hopes to continue its tradition of highlighting a relevant, yet nuanced social justice issue that is the focus of the work of many of Northeastern University’s alumni, faculty, and law students. This symposium will feature speakers and a series of panels on a range of subtopics, all viewed under the modern lens. Anticipated topics include post-conviction access to legal representation, rights of LGBT prisoners and other special prison populations, implications of the prison privatization movement, and prisoner access to services during incarceration and upon release. Planning is well underway and more information will follow in the weeks to come. Please stay tuned!
by Andrew ’16
It seems crazy, but half the semester has passed already. At this point I am more familiar with my classes and less intimidated by my professors. I feel less frazzled now that I have survived a couple cold calls and turned in a few assignments. Everyone seems less stressed. I think we are all getting to the point where law school seems to make at least some sense, if only comparative to where we were 8 weeks ago.
This post was re-reblogged from the PHRGE Fellow Talk Blog. You can view the original post here.
See the video below for an update from the Law Center’s Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy Fellow, Kirsten Blume, from her first two days in Geneva. Kirsten was able to make the trip to Geneva and attend scheduled meetings with UN Special Rapporteurs and various non-governmental organizations despite the postponement of the U.S. hearing before the Human Rights Committee in Geneva due to the U.S. Government shutdown. Stay tuned for more video updates about her advocacy efforts on behalf of the Law Center in Geneva this week!
The original version of this post can be found on the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty’s website blog.