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.
by Maddie ’18
Your 1L year, you’re going to feel like you live in the library (or study space of choice). It is going to seem like you are always staring at your Civ Pro book and never get to see the outside world. I’m here to tell you that although that may be true much of the time, there is time to go out and explore Boston – I promise.
Being that I am not from Boston, it took me a week or so to become adjusted to my new city. It took me a few more weeks to branch out beyond my path from home, to school, to the gym, and back home again. Once I branched out, though, I found some favorite places to go.
I am here to say that the first semester of law school will be an unnerving, thrilling and often stressful experience. At times this mirrors the many emotions and frustrations you get from traveling abroad. As a person who has done both, I can earnestly say that the two are uncannily similar. So pack up your bag (surely overflowing with casebooks!), map out your flight plan (the fastest route to coffee during your 15 minute break!) and be prepared for a total immersion 1L experience.
By Lee ’17
This morning, I had the wonderful opportunity with the Executive Director of Prisoner Legal Services for a half-hour one-on-one conversation. Leslie Walker is a wonderful attorney and a fearsome advocate. She leads an organization with such a compelling public interest mission. And, me? I’m in my second year of law school. Continue reading
By Smriti ’17
There you are, bug-eyed and beaming with enthusiasm. You feel totally prepared to take on the first year of law school with your new laptop, 50-lb textbook, rainbow highlighters (the boy next to you doesn’t even have a highlighter…) – you feel like the King Kong of Dockser 250 when suddenly you hear your name and you are snatched away from that beautiful memory and snapped back to present day when you are running on 2 hours of sleep and maybe some organic kale juice to keep your body from faltering. This is today…day 32 of 1L year when you are supposed to be callous towards the horrifying practice of cold calling but you crawl into your skin every time you hear your name split the classroom air. You struggle to find that first day “glow”- that steadfast aplomb that made you commit to law school. Your mind is racing to say something…ANYTHING to answer that menacing cold call.
RELAX- this is not Northeastern School of Law (NUSL). NUSL has an amazing collaborative atmosphere where faculty and students work with one another in tandem to overcome any cold calling that may take place in class. Many members of the NUSL faculty value cold calling to build students’ one-the-spot oratory skills necessary to become effective lawyers- but that doesn’t mean you are hung out to dry when you are called on in class to explain a case, concept or simply opine about a court’s decision. You are part of a community that embraces the definition of a collegial atmosphere, and you are guaranteed to find a helping hand (in this case voice) in class that will happily assist you if you find yourself on unsteady ground (after all- who isn’t in unchartered territory in law school?) Continue reading
By: Lisa ’17
Come gather ’round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You’ll be drenched to the bone If your time to you is worth savin’ Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changin’
– The Times They are A-Changin’ by Bob Dylan
Like many students at NUSL, I chose to attend this school for two reasons: first the experiential learning approach to legal education, and second because of the school’s focus on public interest law. If this rings true for you, I recommend taking the NuLawLab’s Laboratory Seminar in Applied Design & Legal Empowerment. The NuLawLab is focused on developing better ways to deliver legal services to underserved communities. The Lab primarily uses human-centered design methods to achieve that goal, but also is working to integrate creative arts and technology into the law. It is a truly unique endeavor. The seminar is a three-week intensive that takes students through the design process beginning with a design question and culminating in a tested prototype solution. My class addressed the question, “How Might We Make Residential Water More Affordable in Boston?”
By Greg ’16
Welcome to NUSL! Two years ago, I was in your shoes, gazing into that same metal box in the locker room, slightly overwhelmed but excited to start this new adventure. So take it from me: not only will you survive this, but you will thrive. You are going to love it here.