Student Post: Higg-Lew Leaders

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.

High-Lew Leaders provides NUSL students an opportunity to volunteer one afternoon a week tutoring 7th and 8th graders from the Higginson-Lewis K8 school in Roxbury, MA on their homework, life skills, leadership, high school choices, and even professional aspirations.  As soon as I heard about the program, I wanted to sign up, but wanted to make sure that I would be able to create a healthy balance between my commitment to the program and my studies. This student-led program is filled with 2Ls and 3Ls who helped me weigh out my options – and I am so happy with my decision to volunteer on Thursday afternoons.  I have been able to get my fill of law school learning for a majority of the week, but I have also been able to fulfill my desire to work with awesome, hard-working kids.

I feel like my time in the law classroom has also further shaped my perspective on teaching and my passion for character education in school. I have become more focused on teaching students the power of a well-reasoned argument to support one’s decisions (believe me, once you read a weakly reasoning judge’s opinion on a case, the difference between a strong argument and a weak one will become quite apparent!), and being able to rely on my law school readings and discussions, my explanation of this point has really hit home with the students. Northeastern has a nice way of letting people pursue their auxiliary passions while in law school, and I am so thankful that I am able to satisfy mine.

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