With the first residency session completed, I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on my experiences so far at the ELLM program and Boston University School of Law. Like all new positions there is a period of adaptation, and while I worked at Boston University for nearly 3 years before joining the ELLM program, there has been a lot to learn over the past 5 weeks. There have been new systems to learn, new responsibilities, and a plethora of names and faces to become familiar with . Luckily these new faces at BU Law have all been very helpful and welcoming.
The first day of the spring residency session came faster than I would have liked, but I think things went well. For the most part students, guest speakers, and professors showed up on time, and the construction noise from the Sumner M. Redstone Building & Law Tower Renovation Project has been less than expected. It has been interesting meeting such a diverse group of students with a variety of professional experiences. I believe it would be hard to find another program with Attorneys from 7 different countries, an Appellate Judge, international business people, and an Assistant Professor in the same classes. From the feedback I received during the session the classes are interesting and the conversation is engaging. The faculty I talked to were easy to talk to, engaged with their students, and genuinly interested in getting feedback to make the experience better. The farewell dinner at The Elephant Walk was a nice way to end the intensive two weeks of classes and it gave the students, faculty, and staff the ability to connect outside the classroom. I look forward to meeting more of our students, and seeing the ones I have met again during future sessions.
It has only been a week since the spring residency finished, but we have been busy planning for the next sessions and reviewing new applicants for the summer admission cycle. Over the next few weeks I am looking forward to learning more about the programs and preparing for the residencies. It looks like it is going to be a busy summer this year with the June residency session in Budapest, the two residency sessions and the special program session in Boston during the months of July and August, as well as the other aspects of running a graduate law program. It will be busy, but enjoyable. One thing I am really looking forward to is meeting the rest of the ELLM students over the next few months. If you are one of them, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or would just like to say hello.