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Student Voices: My First Bail Hearing as a Third-Year Law Student

By Nicholas M. Hasenfus The first time I met my 16-year-old client, he was in lock-up and crying. I was assigned the case in the Juvenile Defenders Clinic, which I joined my third year at Suffolk Law School. On my first duty day at the Boston Juvenile Court, I was very unsure what to expect. [...]

July 15th, 2020|General, Law School Career Services, Student Voices|

Student Voices: Representing a Very Sick Client in the Health Law Clinic

By Caitlin Donovan One of my first clients in the Health Law Clinic sought representation appealing her denial of Social Security disability benefits. I was one of two student lawyers who prepared the appeal and represented her before the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. Our client suffered from multiple severe mental and physical impairments, [...]

May 13th, 2020|General, Law School Career Services, Student Voices|

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|

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|

My Skadden Fellowship Led to My Dream Job in Public Interest Law, and Eventually to Teaching

By Sarah Boonin My experience as a Skadden Fellow from 2005–2007 was life-changing. While clerking at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, I got the news that I had been chosen to receive a coveted two-year post-graduate public interest Skadden Fellowship. The Skadden Fellowship Foundation provided two years of financial support as I created – from [...]

April 27th, 2019|faculty voices, General, Law School Career Services|

Student Voices: My First Client in the Family Law Advocacy Clinic

By Daniela Manrique Escobar I represented my first client in the Family Law Advocacy Clinic in a contempt action against her ex-husband for failure to pay child support. I appeared in Probate and Family Court on behalf of Cheryl—not her real name—asking the judge to hold her ex-husband in civil contempt and direct him to [...]

February 25th, 2019|General, Law School Career Services, Student Voices|

How Joining the Immigration Clinic Can Help you Become an IP Lawyer

By Ragini Shah Clinical Professor of Law Students often wonder about the relationship of a particular clinic to a particular job. Students who want to become criminal defense attorneys want to enroll in our Defenders program.  Those who want to be family lawyers want to enroll in our Family Advocacy Clinic. In some sense, I [...]

February 6th, 2015|faculty voices, General, Law School Career Services|

5 Things to Know About an Intellectual Property Clinic

By Eve J. Brown Director, Suffolk Law IP and Entrepreneurship Clinic I’m often asked by people considering law school what law students can do in the Intellectual Property Entrepreneurship Clinic. “Who are our clients?” “What kind of cases can I handle before I pass the bar?” And probably most appropriately, “Will I learn what it [...]

January 20th, 2015|General, Law School Career Services|

6 Careers in IP Law (Other Than Patent Prosecutor)

By Jessica Silbey Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School There is a general misconception that you need to have a science background to have a career in intellectual property. You don’t. Anyone can be an IP lawyer because being an IP lawyer means being a business lawyer—drafting and negotiating contracts, licenses, putting deals together. [...]

December 8th, 2014|General, Law School Career Services|