Tagged: 3L

‘Here I am (at court), to speak what I do know’

Today, I argued my first case beyond the immediate suburbs, as well as my first case in criminal court. Though the learning curve was steep, I was well-prepared, thanks to the diligent supervision of my Victim Rights Law Center supervisor and my education at BU Law. This was my first case before a district court. Previously, I have argued […]

Toward Success, Through Concentration & Practice

Today I’m going to concentrate on “concentrations.” The concept is really neat — you take a certain number of classes (a quarter of your total degree requirements, or fewer) in the area of your concentration, and at graduation, you receive a certificate indicating completion. BU Law offers concentrations in five areas (Health Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Law, Litigation […]

Personality Problems

When I first started considering law school, I had this bizarre idea that only some people could be lawyers, because only some people had the right personality traits. I was naturally thinking about television (I’ve mentioned before my childhood obsession with Matlock) and John Grisham novels and 12 Angry Men. Knowing virtually nothing about the […]

Keeping Clients Safe with Restraining Orders

One of the most common client issues I have encountered, while operating under SJC Rule 3:03 certification (which allows students to work with legal aid clients under supervision, among other things), is harassment or abuse from family members, intimate partners or acquaintances. Restraining orders are available to keep people safe. In Massachusetts, the only state where I have […]

Sexual Assault Panel: Education with a Side of Indignation

Critics of colleges’ handling of sexual assault have been gaining attention lately (think Peyton Manning and Tennessee, the many allegations at Harvard College, or the breaking story about an Indiana University Title IX coordinator resigning because he was accused of sexual assault). Sexual assault on campus has been a real issue for a lot longer, […]