Between finals and the end of break, life seemed like a blur. Before I knew it, I was on my way back to Boston for Lawyering Lab. Lawyering lab is a unique, week-long opportunity to put skills into practice. Students are divided into teams that will work together all week representing one side or another. At the end, two teams will be paired up to take part in a final negotiation. Lawyering Lab consists of a simulated deal between two companies looking to either merge or contract. Teams counsel their client, edit contracts according to their client’s needs, and negotiate a final contract with a team representing the other client. By the end of the week, the deal is concluded. A couple days later, second semester starts.
The beginning of second semester was even busier than the beginning of the first. Instead of having three classes plus writing, my section now has four classes plus writing. Though I didn’t imagine that this would make much of a difference, it certainly does. Time is flying faster than ever and there can’t possibly be enough hours in the day. However, I believe that it is crucial to take time away from schoolwork, job applications, activities, and everything else to have some fun and stay grounded. That being said, I thought I would include a few things I’ve been up to since returning to Boston.
The Boston Athenaeum
Located downtown, just a couple blocks away from the Common, the Athenaeum is a fantastic, historical, private library. Better yet, they have special exhibits that are open to the public for a small fee. Their recent exhibit included old (very old), rare maps. Additionally, the first floor is open to the public and is definitely a Boston landmark worth checking out. Even though I found myself once again surrounded by books, the Athenaeum and its exhibit offered a nice break from everything law-related.
The Museum of Fine Arts
A banner advertising a Vermeer and Rembrandt exhibit sparked my interest in the museum. One of the Louvre’s two Vermeer paintings was traveling when I visited Paris. Traveling, in part it seems, to Boston. I decided to go track it down and found so much more. The Museum of Fine Arts (free to BU students!) is a great place to spend a day and has something to offer everyone. Moreover, it’s a nice distraction from casebooks for a few hours.
Wandering Around Boston
The Boston Public Garden, Newbury Street, and Beacon Hill are my favorite places in the city to wander. The Public Garden is like an oasis in the middle of a busy city. Newbury Street is constantly bustling and has great spots for coffee, treats, nice dinners, and shopping (of course). Beacon Hill is classic. The historic cobblestone streets are surprisingly peaceful the further into the neighborhood you walk. These spots, and many others, are great places to go walking with friends. It’s always fun to choose a spot and see what you end up finding! Tackling tourist traps is another favorite, especially when guests are in town. However, I will leave the details of these spots up to the guidebooks.
First year is flying by, and it is sometimes easy to get swept up in all of the work that second semester demands. Sometimes, it is necessary to stay in for a weekend to get everything accomplished. However, when possible, getting away from it all is important. Boston has a lot to offer and can even feel like a mini-vacation. Law school can be stressful, but there is still plenty of time to go out and explore a bit in the midst of it all.