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Student Voices: A Law Student’s Day as a Juvenile Defender

By Christina M. Rich Once a week, third-year law student Christina Rich is on duty at the Boston Juvenile Court and represents children who have just been arrested and charged with a delinquency offense. This is a description of a typical morning at court: 9 a.m. I arrive at Boston Juvenile Court with my folders [...]

September 16th, 2019|General, Law School Career Services, Student Voices|

Student Voices: Learning to Write Like a Lawyer

By Merry Sheehan During the first year of law school, every student is required to take legal writing. For most first-year law students, legal writing is completely new and very challenging. For me, learning how to write like a lawyer has been one of my biggest challenges in law school thus far. At the beginning [...]

August 17th, 2019|General, Legal Writing Matters, Student Voices|

Student Voices: Representing a Family Evicted For Having a Baby

By Gerald Glover III I was a month into my 3L year when I found myself in the midst of a housing discrimination claim at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. My clients sought legal help because they were evicted after the family’s oldest daughter had a child. In Massachusetts, landlords are required to remove all [...]

August 5th, 2019|General, Student Voices|

Why I Love Teaching the Health Law Clinic

By Sarah Boonin In my mind, I have the world’s greatest job. Every day I participate in the intellectual and professional development of motivated, talented, and passionate law students who earn credit for representing real clients in Suffolk Law’s Health Law Clinic. Beyond that great honor, I have the privilege of serving an extremely vulnerable [...]

August 2nd, 2019|faculty voices, General|

Student Voices: How 3L Law Students Persuaded a Federal Appeals Court to Overturn the Country’s Highest Immigration Panel

By Yolanda Mendoza-Flores During my third year of law school, I was a part of a team of clinic students that successfully persuaded three federal judges in the First Circuit Court of Appeals to side with us and release a 41-year-old Jamaican citizen who was about to be deported. This decision overturned the highest immigration [...]

July 29th, 2019|General, Student Voices|

10 Questions to Ask If You Want to Be a Patent Law Attorney

By Professor Andrew Beckerman-Rodau If you have a hard science degree (engineering, chemistry, etc.) and want to become a patent attorney, you should give serious thought to the particular law school you attend. Patent prosecution involves obtaining a patent from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for an invention. Only registered patent attorneys can engage [...]

July 23rd, 2019|faculty voices, General, Law School Career Services|

Applying to Law School: 4 Tips for Compiling Law School Letters of Recommendation

By Brian Reid Are you thinking about applying to law school for next fall? If so, you need to start thinking about all the pieces of the application puzzle, including letters of recommendation. One of the most frequently asked questions I get from prospective students is “Who should I ask for a letter of recommendation?” [...]

July 21st, 2019|Applying to Law School, General|

Student Voices: My Law School Internship in South Africa

By Priscilla Guerrero A carton of eggs. That was my thank you gift and payment from my first client in South Africa: the daughter of a chicken breeder. Her 4-year-old son Tim was being denied citizenship in South Africa despite being born there. I spent the summer after my second year in law school as [...]

July 1st, 2019|General, Student Voices|

Student Voices: Learning to Love First-Year Legal Writing

When I received my first legal writing assignment, I was confidently ambitious. It was the end of summer before my 1L year, and I thought to myself, “If there’s one challenge I won’t face in law school, it’s legal writing.” After writing undergraduate and master’s theses, challenges with writing were the last thing on my [...]

June 24th, 2019|General, Legal Writing Matters, Student Voices|