My penchant for reading and writing-oriented courses – coupled with my tendency to question rules and encourage arguments – has led many people in my life to predict that I would become a lawyer. On paper, the law seemed like a path I could be well suited to, but I wasn`t sure if it was the one I wanted to take. Course Details: Welcome to the Boston College program. We invite you to explore the full breadth and depth of our academic offerings. This searchable calendar includes course descriptions, . One of the most interesting parts of my time at law school so far has been the opportunity to meet students from different backgrounds. Some are straight out of their bachelor`s degree, while others spent a lot of time in the workplace before joining BC Law. From the classroom discussions, I realize that everyone brings these experiences to law school, and it`s fascinating to see how people`s different perspectives influence how they intend to practice law. Earlier this month, Professor Ingrid Hillinger`s bankruptcy course unexpectedly became a legal education session. At the beginning of the year, almost all students in Professor Mary Ann Chirba`s law practice class were not familiar with legal research, analysis and writing at all.
BC Law`s flagship first-year program introduces students to the work of a lawyer by solving legal problems in a simulated law firm. To set the stage, Professor Chirba showed the students the music video in which Lin-Manuel Miranda sings Hamilton`s opening song in public for the first time. She highlighted Miranda`s masterful representation of linguistic accuracy, convincing arguments and word economy. As someone who is not originally from the United States, I think a lot about how my experience of growing up in a different legal system affects what I think about the law and justice system of the United States. On the one hand, my ability to participate in my constitutional law course this semester was definitely hampered by the fact that I didn`t know some of the basic knowledge that students in the United States acquire through osmosis or civic education in high school. Many upper-class men told me that the first semester of Year 1L would probably be the hardest in terms of the steep learning curve – and they were right. I mentioned this in a previous article; What makes 1L so difficult for many students is not only the new type of learning material, but also the uncertainty of a new city, a new environment, with new people you`ve never met before. September was for many people, including me, the worst phase of adaptation. I`ve had nights when I doubted whether law school was really for me or not.
Could I really imagine reading convoluted legal jargon for the rest of my life? Was that really what I wanted to do? A student revealed that her father, a bankruptcy lawyer at a large national firm, joined the virtual classroom to refresh his doctrinal foundations, and he said he loved the experience. When I started law school, I had no idea what I was getting into. I had been working for a few years, and it was strange to think about being in a classroom and doing my homework again. Plus, I knew law school would be a completely different beast from college, with things like the curve, the outline list, and cold calls. Fortunately, BC Law fosters a very supportive environment, including assigning top-class mentors to the 1L, and tries to provide you with all the tools you need to succeed from the start. But most of what I discovered about law school was through trial and error. So I contacted some 1Ls with the following question to see what they learned from their first semester at BC Law. Newton`s hometown hero, John Krazinski, and Hamilton`s cast brought Professor Mary Ann Chirba`s law practice class II «the circle.» One of the things I was most looking forward to as 2L was the opportunity to choose my own courses. Unlike my undergraduate experience, where I felt like the list of required courses was endless and took up most of my schedule, BC Law offers students a lot of flexibility in deciding on their programs of study.
School is always a bit of a bubble: something that quickly becomes your whole world and your goal. This dynamic is especially true in law school, where the balance between the intense schedule of classes, homework, and reading is often compared to trying to «drink from a fire hose.» Even after not going to school for six years, it was still amazing how quickly I was brought back into the bubble of campus and university. One of my favorite 1L courses was the practice of law. Known as the «LP» to all B.C. law students, Law Practice focuses on teaching students practical skills that they will use every day in their subsequent careers as lawyers. Students spend a lot of time mastering legal writing and research, learning the Bluebook and the legal citation system, and using research tools such as Lexis and Westlaw. Writing their objective memo (a memo that provides an objective analysis of a legal issue for an internal audience) is a rite of passage for B.C. law students and was by far one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my first semester. The second semester sees a shift towards advocacy skills, with students learning the basics of oral reasoning and moving on to writing for an outside audience, such as court pleadings.
My strategy for choosing courses falls into three categories: courses that prepare me for the bar, courses that I think will be useful in practice, and courses that I find interesting. In the last semester, I focused more on cash flow prices (including evidence and companies), but my spring course load is filled with courses that I found interesting. At the beginning of social distancing, my daughter kept asking questions about school. She had a vague understanding of how weekends usually interrupted her daycare routine, but it eventually became clear that this weekend had expanded to an absurd extent. During the first weeks of confinement, she asked every morning: «Baby, go to school?» Then she shook the names of her teachers and classmates. Those first few days were difficult. It`s very social. School is exciting for them. I was not an adequate substitute for ten friends and two loving teachers. «It was then, it`s now,» Professor Chirba wrote in an email to her law practice class earlier this month, referring to the surprise appearance of Hamilton`s cast in John Krazinski`s miniseries, Some Good News. Professor Chriba said goodbye to the words of encouragement that were relevant not only to her class, but also to anyone looking for a beam of inspiration, and wrote about the clip: You will receive the PLTC schedule on the first day of class. With a few exceptions, classes are held daily from 9:00 a.m.
to 3:30 p.m. During the 10-week course, there are several days or half-days without scheduled classes where students are expected to read materials or prepare assignments or assessments. During those first few months, things were strange and unknown. You could feel the tension in the air. No one knew exactly how the virus would spread, how disruptive it would be, and how long it would rage. Here at BC Law, courses have been moved (rightly so in my opinion) to pass/fail, while students and faculty have become accustomed to the distance learning format. When this year`s 1L sit down for their first property law class, they will likely discuss Pierson v. Fournir. The case concerns a dispute over the owner of a wild fox killed during a hunt.
Lodowick Post and his pack of hunting dogs were searching for the fox after chasing it through a section of the House of Commons when Jesse Pierson suddenly stepped in to kill and claim it.