Tips on Successful Networking

by Patricia ’19

When my friend recently asked me to tag along for a networking event at a Boston law firm, I immediately said yes. Shortly after, however, I started to doubt everything under the sun and began psyching myself out of going—I didn’t have the right clothes, I needed to do homework, I should just go next time, etc. But even while half of my brain was shouting “No!” the other part was encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone and do something that might be essential to my future career. I decided to go. Read on to find out what I learned:

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Alfred Brownell’s Long Road to Northeastern

By Kevin Murray, Executive Director – Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE)

Alfred Brownell’s wife and children probably never expected to be living in Boston this winter. Nonetheless, in early January Mr. Brownell began work at Northeastern University School of Law (NUSL) as a Visiting Scholar affiliated with the Law School’s, Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE).

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Alfred Brownell

A well-known human rights and environmental lawyer in his native Liberia, Brownell has always done work that raised eyebrows. He came of age in a country wracked by not one, but two bloody civil wars. He took a law degree in hopes of being able to do something to address the injustices he saw in his country.

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Exploring Careers in Health Law

Naomi Bass, Assistant Director, Center for Co-op and Professional Advancement

What is health law? What jobs come to mind when you consider the intersection of law with the delivery of patient care and public health concerns?  These are some of the questions that I discuss with NUSL students who are interested in pursuing a career in health law.  Many NUSL students are drawn towards opportunities to do public service.  In health law, that might entail prosecuting Medicaid fraud, lobbying for the accessibility of health care, representing low-income patients through a Medical-Legal Partnership program, or advocating for improvements in environmental conditions that are harmful to public health.

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Judicial Co-ops and Clerkships: Exploring Law Through the Eyes of a Judge

By Melissa Tapply, Judicial Co-op and Clerkship Advisor, Center for Co-op & Professional Advancement

Are you looking for a co-op where you can sharpen your research, writing and analytical skills while exploring different areas of the law and gaining exposure to the court system? Read on to find out how to find it…   Continue reading

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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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

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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