Student Post: Practice Exam

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.

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Staff Post: NUSL, Past and Present

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.

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Faculty Post: WORKING AS A TEACHING OR RESEARCH ASSISTANT

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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Faculty Post: THINGS TO DO TO GET READY FOR LAW SCHOOL

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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Faculty Post: WHERE CAN NEW STUDENTS GET HELP IN THIS VENTURE CALLED LAW SCHOOL?

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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