Those Summer Nights

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer is almost over. The temperature is beginning to drop
and the days are getting shorter. As the first full week of my second year at
BU Law comes to a close, I find myself thinking back to a summer of firsts. It
was my first summer as a law student, my first summer doing legal research, and
my first summer in Boston.

I spent the summer working at the WilmerHale Legal Services
Center of Harvard Law School. The Center focuses on serving the legal needs of
underserved populations through a variety of clinics related to different areas
of the law. I worked in the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, mainly
doing research and analysis related to health law. I wrote legislative and
regulatory summaries on the Affordable Care Act, provided technical assistance
to community partners trying to improve health conditions in their communities,
and learned more than I ever thought I would about the field I am most
interested in.

One of the best things about my experience at the Center was
the wide range of projects I was able to work on during my time there. Each
summer fellow is assigned at least one supervisor, but is also given a great
degree of freedom when it comes to completing each project. It’s this structure
that creates a wonderful learning environment while also giving you a feel for
what it would be like to work at a law firm.

There are plenty of opportunities to engage in public
interest work as I did during my 1L summer. The Public Interest Project does a
great job of helping those interested in this kind of work to connect with
employers and obtain funding to support themselves over the summer. The Career
Development Office is also a good resource for those who want to see just how
many ways there are to serve the public interest.

My first summer in law school was a memorable one. Not only
because of the work that I did, but because of the people I was working with. Now
that school has started again, it’s back to doing a different kind of work. I’m
looking forward to studying and learning more about health law this year. I
know that everything I learn will lead to an even more fulfilling experience
next summer.

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