Posts by: debarton

The Boston University Package: How is the Law School Integrated into BU?

If you’re in the process of looking at law schools, you’ll notice that there are some which are fully integrated into larger universities (like BU,) and some others that stand alone (for example, Vermont Law School). This post is about everything I know about how BU Law is integrated into the larger university, and how […]

Surprising Skills From Law School

Once upon a time, several days before I graduate from college, I learned that I had won two awards from the Smith College Department of English for a poetry manuscript I had written as a part of an independent study project I did with poet Annie Boutelle. Professor Boutelle had encouraged me to apply for […]

Spring Break Pro Bono Trip in Portland, Maine

  I’m spending my spring break this year volunteering at Pine Tree Legal Services in Portland, Maine. I was hoping to look for summer housing, learn about the legal needs and concerns of the community I’ll be entering as I spend next summer here, and working towards fulfilling my pro bono hours pledge. My hopes […]

The More You Know…

I spent my junior year of college in India through a program run by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The majority of the credits the students in this program receive are from a large research project of each student’s own design, which culminates in a (very long) research paper. My own paper was 92 pages long, […]

The Health Law Association’s Annual Firm Visit: Holland & Knight

Last Thursday evening marked the culmination of my largest responsibility as the Networking Director for BU’s Health Law Association (HLA) – our annual firm visit. This year I arranged for us to visit Holland & Knight, which is known in part for its large and diverse health law practice. I felt a lot of pressure […]

“Baby it’s cold outside!”

If you’re coming to Boston from somewhere else, (especially somewhere warm,) you might be curious about what the weather is like here in Boston. This fall and winter have been pretty odd – it was so warm through most of December, but then we had some very cold spells and on-and-off snow. We’re looking at […]

A day in the Life of an Early-Rising 2L

I did a “day in the life” post last year, and I think it’s time I do it again 2L year! If you were to look back over my posts from this time last year, I was gearing up for the crazy schedule the Follies cast faces between tomorrow (the first day of classes) and […]

Why You Should Talk About Politics at the Dinner Table

Talking about politics in a social setting is often considered either completely taboo, or at the very least an advanced maneuver. Etiquette specialists such as Emily Post have even published guidelines to successfully navigating conversations about politics to help the wary conversationalist. The risk in discussing politics with family and friends is, I think, twofold. […]

Choosing Classes: A Networking Opportunity

From what I have seen so far, there appear to be two basic approaches people take to 2nd and 3rd year legal education. The first is to take a number of general ‘core’ classes first, such as Evidence; Criminal Procedure; Wills, Trusts & Estates; Corporations; Administrative Law; and Tax. After taking all or most of […]

The Rules of the Game; How Law School Changes How You Think

How long has it been since you’ve played Hasbro’s “the Game of Life”? I’ll bet you would play it differently now that you’re an adult. Once you’re in law school, you might play it differently still. Here is what I mean: in the Game of Life, you have to make a number of “life decisions”. […]