By Miranda ’19
If I told you 1L isn’t hard, I would be lying. Throughout 1L you are almost always battling stress, insecurities, competition, frustration and challenges. You may feel overwhelmed, inadequate, overworked and just plain confused. It can be easy to get wrapped up in negativity during 1L. A place with high demands, a new learning system, and extremely intelligent colleagues isn’t something one can process lightly. But trust me when I say that once you learn to listen to yourself over others, a surprising majority of your stress can disappear. You’ll want to learn this lesson before beginning the opportunistic adventure we call 1L.
by Patricia ’19
When my friend recently asked me to tag along for a networking event at a Boston law firm, I immediately said yes. Shortly after, however, I started to doubt everything under the sun and began psyching myself out of going—I didn’t have the right clothes, I needed to do homework, I should just go next time, etc. But even while half of my brain was shouting “No!” the other part was encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone and do something that might be essential to my future career. I decided to go. Read on to find out what I learned:
By Erica ’19
2 weeks until first semester finals, and more than halfway through 1L year. If you asked me on August 29th of this year if I truly knew what I was getting myself into, I would have confidently said, “Law school has been the goal for years, so let’s go!” It’s still my dream to be here, but the realities of 1L year have settled in.
Everyone says taking your time to transition and taking care of yourself are the keys to surviving 1L year. If you’re like me, you’ve read countless blogs, Pinterest boards, tumblrs (if that still is cool?) on what law school is really like. Here’s a list of what worked for me this semester, but the biggest secret is finding what works for you when it comes to work-life balance. Read on to find out how I’ve survived so far.
By Alvin ’18
One, if not the only, job at law school is to get the best grades possible. I could stop the blog there, but the reality is there are a ton of other moving parts to this endeavor. The extras seem hard to fathom when thinking about the task of learning to read, research, and write in a way that may be unfamiliar; but one of the most important of these moving parts is building relationships inside and outside of law school. Some people call it networking, I call it part of your new state of being.
By Alvin ’18
Northeastern University School of Law (NUSL), is a unique place for many reasons. At the top of the list are its dedication to public interest and the Cooperative Legal Education Program (co-op for short). I went to Northeastern as an undergraduate and my prior experience with co-op made applying to NUSL a no-brainer. Couple that with my knowledge of the broader campus and the general area, and I was ready to go! Continue reading
By Batool ’17 & Melissa ’18
To the Class of 2019: Welcome to NUSL!
It wasn’t long ago that we were in the same position you find yourself today: getting ready to walk the same unfamiliar hallways to get to the same unfamiliar classrooms to learn the same unfamiliar topics. However, in almost no time, you’ll be where we are: running for an SBA position, experiencing the legal world through Co-op, and planning for the future. In the meantime, we wanted to offer you some tips and tricks to making the most of your first year.
By Mariah ’17
Cooperative Legal Education (or Co-op, for short) is easily one of the most rewarding, challenging, and important parts of your education at NUSL. It’s where you take everything that you have learned in class, put it to use, and expand on it in ways you never realized you didn’t know. No other law school affords you the opportunity to get the real-life work experience that you get here, so be sure to take advantage of it while you can. Read on for some tips on finding co-ops and succeeding at them from the mind of an old and decrepit 3L.