Line Drawing

By Professor David Phillips

A key activity of those involved with “law,” whether it’s in the context of creating law or applying law to given facts, is either to draw lines or to decipher on which side of a line a certain activity falls. The speed limit on a particular street or highway presents an obvious example.  Let’s say that the speed limit on a superhighway is 65 mph; one drives legally at or below that “line,” whereas one drives illegally above that speed limit and possibly subjects him or herself to a fine.  But when I say that law is about line-drawing, I mean such on a more embracing and hopefully sophisticated level.  And, to be realistic, even this simple initial example of a speed limit is far more complex than would at first appear, as we shall discover when returning to it later.  Read on to try some other examples first and through these examples discover some of the ideas you’ll struggle with as you proceed through the first-year of law school.

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Erica’s Survival Tips

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.

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Choosing Your First Co-op and How To Get There

By Destini M. Agüero, Assistant Director, Center for Co-op & Professional Advancement

When it comes to finding the right first co-op, it is important to use all the resources at your disposal, and one place you should always start with is the Center for Co-op & Professional Advancement, commonly known as “CCOPA.” Read on to learn about the different ways we can help you find your first co-opContinue reading

Say Hello Early and Often

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.

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Legal Skills in Social Context: The First Semester

By Professor Hemanth Gundavaram

We treat our first-year students as professionals and give them legal experience from day one through the law school’s unique, yearlong Legal Skills in Social Context (LSSC) program. With two months on the books, our students are currently doing the first outside legal work of their young careers. Students are working with a variety of social justice or community-based organizational partners on problems affecting marginalized communities. Read on to see how the first semester has progressed.

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Creating Space for Your Interests

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