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Student Voices: ‘It Depends’ is Your Best Friend as a First Year Law Student

By Marissa Louro JD ‘16 Candidate, Suffolk University Law School “It depends,” said my Civil Procedure professor last fall, “there are arguments to both sides.” I will never forget how confused all of the first-year law students looked when hearing this one month into law school. (We were talking about domicile, which is essentially a [...]

April 8th, 2016|General, Student Voices|

Student Voices: What the Socratic Method is Really Like

By Patrick Shine Anyone who has seen the movie “The Paper Chase” is familiar with the scene from the first day of law school where Mr. Hart gets called on to recite the facts of the case Hawkins v. McGee (one of my favorite contract law cases).  The professor berated Mr. Hart for not having [...]

April 1st, 2016|General, Student Voices|

Student Voices: Persuading My Client to Trust Me in a Law School Clinic

By Caroline A. Clair My first client in the Health Law Clinic asked for my help in appealing her denial of Social Security disability benefits. She suffered from an array of physical and mental impairments, as well as financial, social and familial stressors. When I met with the client, she didn’t state the facts of [...]

April 1st, 2016|General, Student Voices|

4 Tips on Applying for Financial Aid to Law School

Director of Admission Jennifer Bonniwell By Jennifer Bonniwell It's never too early for law school applicants to turn their focus to the financial aid process. While obtaining financial aid may seem like yet another daunting task (after tackling the personal statement, of course) to gaining entry into law school, these tips will help to [...]

March 28th, 2016|Applying to Law School, General|

Finding Resources For Law Students With Disabilities

By Matthew Gavin Assistant Dean of Admission, Suffolk University Law School I decided to write this blog because of the many law applicants I meet who have trouble finding resources for law students and lawyers with disabilities. The law profession values diversity. Each law student and attorney adds value to the profession by bringing their [...]

March 14th, 2016|Applying to Law School, General|

Tips From a 3L to a 1L: Why I did Pro Bono (and You Should Too)

By Nicholas M. Hasenfus One of the most influential professors I had in law school was Judge Greaney, who wears all black the last day of class and has us listen to Johnny Cash’s “The Man In Black.”  He directs our attention to this part of the song: I wear the black for the poor [...]

March 11th, 2016|General, Student Voices|

Making the Most of Admitted Student Day: Q&A

By Alexis Cristo For those of you planning to attend law school this fall, this is decision time. Hopefully, you have your admittance letters and are receiving invitations to admitted student day events at the law schools where you were accepted. What can you expect of these events? And, how can you make the most [...]

February 29th, 2016|Applying to Law School, General|

Legal Writing Matters: Cracking Citations, One Post-it Note at a Time

By Irina V. Gott When new law students try to decipher citation, they are understandably overwhelmed and intimidated. But by customizing their ALWD Guide they can crack any citation. Some students may not know where to begin when scanning through the myriad of citation rules in the Guide. Some even admit to burying it under a [...]

November 18th, 2015|Legal Writing Matters|

Legal Writing Matters: Why Law Students Should Welcome Feedback

By Kathleen Elliott Vinson Professor of Legal Writing and Director of Legal Writing, Research, and Written Advocacy Getting back that first legal writing memo assignment with your professor’s critique and grade – what could be more stressful for a 1L. But, students should view it as an opportunity. In practice, senior lawyers and supervisors are [...]

October 13th, 2015|Legal Writing Matters|

Legal Writing Matters: 4 Tips for Encouraging Creativity in Law Students

By Samantha A. Moppett An IBM poll of more than 1,500 CEOs revealed that creativity—not intelligence—was the most crucial factor for future success. This shift from intelligence to creativity as the most valuable trait has been attributed to the unprecedented challenges and frantic pace of change today. This is especially true for lawyers and law [...]

September 23rd, 2015|Legal Writing Matters|