Programs to Help Students Navigate Co-op & Post-Grad Opportunities

By Tricia Gould, Assistant Director, Center for Co-op & Professional Advancement

One of the most outstanding things about NUSL is the incredibly wide spectrum of experiential learning opportunities available to students when applying for their four co-ops. Having said that, one of the most important tasks for students is to strategically choose among the options – all with an eye towards building a network that will lead to post graduate employment.   Where and how do you begin? Read on to find out.

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Co-op 101: How to Succeed

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.

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Student Post: Cake by the City

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.

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Student Post: Become a 21st Century Lawyer

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?”

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Student Post: Kindness as a Legal Strategy

by Brooke, Class of 2016

It is only the third week of my co-op with the ACLU of Arizona, but I have already adjusted to the busy pace and am constantly learning what I see as invaluable lessons. For example, I have tried to make it a habit to arrive half an hour earlier than required, so I have time to make myself some coffee and eat breakfast while getting ready for the day. While I could just eat breakfast at home, this half hour is the only time I can finish things up before the chaos of the day starts and I get new, more urgent assignments. My time at my desk is frequently broken up by depositions and trips to the courthouse, so it is important that I figure out how to maximize my uninterrupted time. In the two and a half weeks I’ve been here, I’ve already gotten to sit in on several depositions and observe court proceedings. I’ve taken to keeping a blazer on the back of my chair at work and in the backseat of my car, because you truly never know when you might need to put on your business face.

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Student Post: Co-op: A Chance to Escape the Snow

by Brooke, Class of 2016

Lots of people think that they need to go to law school in the geographic area in which they plan to practice. But while I know that I want to practice immigration law in the Southwest, I did not want to go to school there. After going to undergrad in Arizona, I was ready for a change of pace, and I was committed to going to a law school with a social justice mission. Everyone chooses Northeastern for a slightly different reasons, but some of the most common reasons are 1) it is a school that promotes social justice at the front of its work, and 2) co-op!

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