Challenges of the 1L Year

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.

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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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Student Post: What I Do When I’m Not in the Library

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.

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Student Post: Hello from the Other Side – A message from your past life before law school

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

Student Post: An Open Letter to the New Occupant of 1L Locker 158

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.

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Faculty Post: Real Lawyering from Day One — How Does Northeastern’s Legal Skills in Social Context (LSSC) Program Jump Start Your Professional Development?

by Susan Maze-Rothstein, Teaching Professor

A warm welcome to our incoming Class of 2018! Read on to learn a little more about what’s in store for your 1L year…

To compete in today’s rapidly evolving legal profession, law students need to know, more than ever before, how to get practice-ready and fast. The profession can no longer accommodate graduates who need their first five years of practice to really learn how to be a lawyer. In coming to NUSL, you have picked perhaps the most interesting time to go to law school because the law school business model of lecture courses is changing as it must. You are entering the ground floor of the future of lawyering. Welcome!

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Faculty Post: the Legal Advocacy for Victims Project

by Jennifer Howard, Supervising Attorney of the Domestic Violence Institute

It’s a cold, late November night, when a NUSL 1L student first meets Paul, in the basement community room of a local transitional housing program. After a long day of classes and a rush hour ride to the event, the 1L carefully opens the interview with gentle questions in an effort to establish rapport with Paul. Through the course of the 90 minute consultation, the 1L gains Paul’s trust and listens intently as Paul describes childhood sexual abuse and the domino effect it has had on his life, as he sits now, profoundly depressed, unemployed and essentially homeless. A lack of support and an unwillingness by Paul’s family to validate his experiences have no doubt led him to take advantage of the chance to sit down with a NUSL law student to explore legal options. Welcome to the Legal Advocacy for Victims (LAV) project of the Domestic Violence Institute (DVI) at NUSL.

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