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.
By Naeema Hernandez, Center for Co-op & Professional Advancement
Thinking about working in New York City at some point during your legal education? NUSL’s co-op program has you covered! CCOPA recently outreached to a number of public interest and international employers to strengthen existing relationships and to build new opportunities for student exploration and post-graduate career placement. Every employer that CCOPA has connected with in NYC has reinforced the importance of establishing legal connections and experiences in the city during the law student’s education if the student ultimately wants to work in NYC after graduation.
By Smriti ’17
Summer in the concrete jungle is not as mundane as it sounds. In fact, there are a myriad of events going on weekly to fill up your social calendar and make you forget (even if temporarily) the 50+ action items your supervising attorney gave you for the week.
I can’t speak for other cities, but I have been on co-ops and internships in Boston for the past 2 years while at NUSL. I wouldn’t trade Boston for any other city. Whether it’s summer or winter, Boston always has her arms open with activities that satisfy all sorts of cravings from those of culinary connoisseurs to exercise enthusiasts.
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: 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.