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.

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 […]

1L Summer Highlights

As per the usual when autumn comes around and the school year gets underway, variants of the question “How was your summer?” become the conversation starter of choice. Elevator Pitch Version: Great, I was back in Pennsylvania at the Office of the Attorney General, I really liked it. Long Elevator Pitch Version (en route to […]

Networking

Networking. Networking. The working of nets. Say it so many times the word loses shape in your mouth. It’s hard to conceive of how important networking actually is. From gathering information to one day garnering potential job leads, who you know is crucial. You have built-in colleagues in your peers and classmates, and maybe a […]

BU Law Alumni

The BU Law alumni community is just that: a very strong and ongoing part of the BU Law community, from speaking on panels to attending and mingling with students at networking events to offering one-on-one advising for students. There’s a rock-solid alumni base throughout New England and very respectable enclaves in D.C., New York, LA, […]

Dyeing To Fit In

Every time I told myself ‘No more after this, this has got to stop before law school.‘ The bad habit I struggled to quit? Dying my hair fanciful colors. (The title was a horrible pun and I apologize.) I had been dying my hair various hues of purple for years. I liked the subtle little […]

Living in Boston as a 1L

When people ask me what I like most about Boston I usually joke that I’ve only really seen the stretch of Commonwealth Avenue between my apartment and the law tower but that those few blocks seem nice. This is of course not true. I don’t have the time to explore Boston as thoroughly or often […]

Fall 1L Classes In Review

Although you’ll find the same basic curriculum everywhere, every law school does things a little differently. BU only has one year-long class, the legal writing seminar, which you get a separate grade for each semester worth 1.5 credit hours. The other fall classes (Torts, Contracts, and Civil Procedure) are each worth 4.0 credit hours. As I’m […]

Justice Stephen Breyer Speaks at BU Law

“I want the intellectual challenge” was my go-to explanation for why I was planning to attend law school when the question was posed by people I didn’t care to explain the complexities of my career decisions to. But was that glib response true? My concerns were quelled by an unlikely source: Nino Scalia. When a […]

How exams work

After days and weeks of feverish studying, the first round of law school exams was finally upon us. Most people with even a cursory knowledge of the law school experience know this was a time to be feared, but what all did the dreaded Exam Week actually entail?   What do these law school exams […]

Working While in Law School

“Your number one job for the next three years is law school.” I can’t attribute that quote because virtually everyone who advised me on my transition to law school said some variation of the same sentiment.  Most notably the American Bar Association, which prohibits working more than twenty hours a week during law school. But […]