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.
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!
Over the past month or so a number of our students, alumni/ae, and faculty have been featured in a variety of publications. Read on to see what the NUSL community has been up to lately!
NUSL professor Margaret Burnham met Nelson Mandela, who passed away yesterday, when he appointed her to an international human rights commission. Today she shares some of her thoughts and memories of him in the news @ Northeastern 3Qs column.
The Northeastern University Law Journal is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a Symposium on Prisoners’ Rights in the Modern Era in January 2014. In sponsoring this symposium, the Journal Staff hopes to continue its tradition of highlighting a relevant, yet nuanced social justice issue that is the focus of the work of many of Northeastern University’s alumni, faculty, and law students. This symposium will feature speakers and a series of panels on a range of subtopics, all viewed under the modern lens. Anticipated topics include post-conviction access to legal representation, rights of LGBT prisoners and other special prison populations, implications of the prison privatization movement, and prisoner access to services during incarceration and upon release. Planning is well underway and more information will follow in the weeks to come. Please stay tuned!
The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) is an integral part of Northeastern University School of Law. To learn more about their efforts to promote economic, social and cultural rights, you can…
- Sign up for their newsletter
- Attend the 2013 PHRGE Institute — Human Rights and Violence Against Women: Applying the Due Diligence Framework (November 7, 2013)
- Check out their blog, Fellow Talk, which features posts by PHRGE fellows about their co-op experiences
The Law Journal recently launched Extra Legal, an online venue for articles written by NUSL students on a variety of compelling topics, which will be published periodically throughout the quarter.
You can also access PDF files of the print edition, including the most recent volume, Experience the Future: Experiential Education in Law (Vol. 6, No. 1 – Summer 2013).