Because of NUSL’s unique schedule, where upper-level students alternate between classes or an internship (we call them co-ops) every three months, it feels like we’re always in the midst of either deciding what classes to take, or researching and applying for our next co-op. It’s the dead of winter – a tremendous blizzard is pounding the city even as I type this – but I’ve just this past week figured out where I will spend the summer; CPCS’s Roxbury Defenders Unit. It’s a public defender office in Roxbury, a working-class neighborhood and “the heart of Black culture in Boston.” The attorneys at the RDU are known, among my classmates, as particularly dedicated to their clients, helpful to students, and quite down with the struggle. I’m really looking forward to this summer.
This summer will be my third co-op. I spent last summer at Prisoners’ Legal Services; couldn’t have asked for a better first co-op. I did a mix of research and client interaction, visited a bunch of prisons, and worked with some truly heroic attorneys. I’m currently at the Federal Public Defender Office, researching and writing to assist their efforts on behalf of those accused of everything from drug possession, gun possession, enticement of minors, child porn charges, etc. Heroic attorneys, once again. After my summer at RDU, I will have another co-op (winter 2015-16); not sure where I want to end up for that one.
I have no idea how important this is, but it’s kind of interesting, so I figured I’d better make sure that the hundreds of thousands of you who are following my law school career with bottomless fascination should know about it. (Things are going fine at my internship at the Federal Public Defender Office here in Boston, by the way.)
Some time ago, I got an email from my school saying that something called The Princeton Review (which, they are careful to point out, is not affiliated with Princeton University) was looking for law school application essays to publish in a book marketed towards folks who are applying to law school. It was a very easy process, so I sent them the essay that I used in my applications. Now, you can read my essay on page 188 of Law School Essays That Made a Difference, 6th Edition. It’s kind of a neat book, with 70 essays, a blurb about the students who wrote the essays (including GPAs, schools applied to, accepted to, and rejected from), and information about the law school application process and tips for writing your essay. If I were looking for a book to help with law school applications, this would be a good one.
I have no idea how many essays they received, or how selective they were in deciding which essays go in, or if my essay is the absolute worst of the bunch. My only complaint is that they added a typographical error to my essay, where they didn’t italicize the title of Jerry Mander’s book, In The Absence of the Sacred, which I mentioned (& italicized) in my essay. And no, I did not get paid for my essay. I did get a free copy of the book, though.
(I also have no idea why Princeton University doesn’t feel the need to point out that they are not affiliated with the Princeton Review.)