Posts by: Sarah Simkin

Hi, I’m Sarah, class of 2015. Welcome to my blog!

A little background about me: I graduated Spring 2012 from the University of Pittsburgh with degrees in Creative Nonfiction Writing and Political Science (and minors in Film Studies and Legal Studies: yes I did all of that in four years, no I did not sleep very much). I also wrote for the school newspaper The Pitt News and worked as an office assistant in Pitt’s Office of General Counsel.

In the shreds of spare time law school leaves me (Yes, you do sometimes have spare time in law school.. well, ‘spare’ isn’t the right term, strategically managed non-library time, perhaps) I like yoga and running 5ks, cooking, museums and concerts. I’m a lot more likely to be doing laundry and guiltily watching some egregiously bad television (Have you seen Scandal? It’s awful and I can’t look away), but those are the things I wish I was doing.

Within the law tower I’m a 2L Section Representative to the Student Government Association and a student attorney in the civil litigation Employment Rights Clinic.

You Can Rarely Go Wrong With Saying Too Little

If you aren’t sure if you should say something, the advice I received from the Chief of the Violent Crimes Division of the Pittsburgh United States Attorney’s Office was simple: don’t. This isn’t bad advice in life in general, but in the legal profession in particular, you can never go wrong with saying too little. […]

3L Update

Unbelievably this is my last year at BUSL. It seems like just yesterday I was bewildered and lost in the halls of the law building… oh wait, that totally was yesterday, I have in no way shape or form grasped the layout of our shiny new building yet. This fall I’m taking: Corporations: because I […]

A True Story of Nets and Working

Last summer I worked with two spectacular attorneys who became friends and mentors, lets call them A and B. A worked with C, D, and E at the District Attorney’s Office. C turned out to be the head of the internship program at the United States Attorney’s Office (where I’m working this summer), where D […]

Working While In Law School: Part II Legal Edition

‘Oh right, I’m good at this. In fact, I love this.’ That is not a thought most people get to have all that often in law school, and it isn’t one that’s occurred to me with much frequency while on call under the Socratic method or drafting a moot court memo. I’d like to think I […]

PIP PIP!

Let’s talk about PIP for a minute. It’s just such a cheery sounding organization. Some law schools have a Public Interest Group (PIG), or  Pitt Law’s Pitt Legal Income Sharing Foundation (PLISF, which is just a tad clunky sounding and tricky to pronounce). But the Public Interest Project (PIP!) is more than an adorable acronym. […]

Upper Class Writing Requirement

‘Let me take a break from writing to do some more writing,’ I thought to myself as I settled in for my gabillionth consecutive afternoon-into-late-evening cert paper work session and opened up my blog home page instead of my saved WestLawNext research folder. As the website reads, “BU School of Law is committed to ensuring that […]

Halfway Through the Woods

‘You can only run halfway into the woods before you’re running out of them’ has been my somewhat cryptic response to all the well-meaning inquiries about how it feels to be half way through law school. My classmate’s Facebook statuses all exuberantly proclaim that we are now “50% lawyers!” which strikes me as slightly over-optimistic considering […]

Employment Rights Clinic

After doing forty hours a week of legal work over the summer, going back to a schedule of one hundred percent academic theoretical coursework wasn’t entirely appealing to me. Don’t get me wrong, bar subject classes are certainly useful and seminars offer the opportunity for in-depth explorations of topics across the spectrum of the law, […]

Halloween Tour of the Tower

BUSL has a charming and sugary tradition of “trick or treating,” in the tower, combining all the delight of free candy without the hassle of a costume… or even leaving the law building. In fact, the event’s design encourages visiting offices and departments students might not have otherwise been aware of the whereabouts of, or, […]

Fitness Classes… for Free?

I’m fond of the term “Free… with the cost of tuition” to describe the many sometimes-somewhat-hidden perks of being a BUSL law student, from the food provided by SGA and the many student activities groups to the computer chargers on loan in the Pappas library to the subject of today’s blog post: my Friday afternoon […]