Student Post: Welcome Andrew ’16 to the blogosphere!

Our 1L bloggers are all set and ready to blog for NUSL! They’ll be sharing their experiences as new law students – what made them choose NUSL, first impressions of Boston, their LSSC projects, and more!

And So It Begins…

First things first: Who am I? My name is Andrew Collins, and I graduated in May 2013 from Tufts University in Medford, MA with a B.A. in History.  I am originally from a small town in Arkansas with a population of around 360 people.  However, I discovered my love for the urban lifestyle after my first trip to a larger city.  The pace, the people, and the opportunities spoke to me.  As a result, I have lived in several different cities as an adult, including St. Louis, Chicago, and now Boston.  In spite of my Southern/Midwest roots, after 5 years in Boston I now proudly consider myself both a New Englander and a Bostonian.

Why law school?  My educational journey is slightly non-traditional.  I worked in the salon/spa industry for several years before deciding to go to college.  At 30 years old, I made the decision to pursue my education and I have been going full steam ahead ever since.  So, instead of working between undergraduate and law school, I worked before I started any of it!  Law school was not initially on the radar for me.  That changed after I took a class in government early in my undergraduate career.  That single class opened a gate to the legal world.  Until then I had never had any interaction with law or legal thought, but the more I learned, the more I wanted to know and the more I wanted to be a part of it all.  Once I made the connection between my interests in business development and the law, the rest was history.

Why NUSL?  I will likely devote an entire blog post to answer this question later.  As a quick teaser, NUSL is where the theoretical and the practical parts of a legal education are given equal regard.  Learning the law in an environment that is academically rigorous and intellectually stimulating is a priority for me, but that is not the only part of becoming a good lawyer.  In my career before law school, it was a part of my job to interview and hire new employees.  Knowledge was an important factor to consider before giving an offer of employment, but so was experience.  At NUSL, not only do you get the doctrinal development from amazing professors, but also a cumulative YEAR of legal work experience under your belt (and on your resume) by the time you graduate.  Enough said.

It is now 6 weeks into the semester of my 1L year!  Writing this sentence makes me realize just how quickly the time has flown.  So far I have learned more than I can possibly impart into one blog post or even ten.  That won’t stop me from trying though, so stay tuned!

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