Archive for Student Perspectives

  1. HLS Lambda Co-Hosts Inaugural LGBTQ Conference at Harvard

    I’m handing over my blog this week to the leadership of Lambda! ~Jessica HLS Lambda, the Law School’s LGBTQ student organization, recently had the opportunity to partner with our colleagues at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School to host the inaugural LGBTQ Conference at Harvard.  We brought together a range of speakers, including [...]

    . February 18, 2014

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  2. Honoring our Veterans

    Check out this wonderful piece on some of the service members who are studying at HLS this year. http://www.law.harvard.edu/news/spotlight/public-service/veterans-share-military-experience.html   Thank you to all who serve. ~Jessica  

    . November 12, 2013

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  3. 1L Section Six and the Boston Debate League

    HLS students get involved in many things during their time here.  Much of their focus is on their preparation for their law career, but many of their activities are also community service based. Earlier this semester, Section 6 of the 1L class brought in high school students from the Boston Debate League to expose them [...]

    . March 28, 2013

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  4. Social Harvard: Down Memory Lane

    It’s easy to feel blue after Mother Nature violently rebuffed my attempts to wear shorts and flip-flops today, but I can’t help smiling while answering this week’s Mailbag question. What’s been your most memorable HLS experience? Osaama, Cal ‘12 That’s a deceptively simple question, Osaama, because I’ve already had so many great experiences this year. [...]

    . April 12, 2012

  5. Advice for making your decision

    It’s been quite some time since my last post, which means I must have been busy (not lazy)! As decision-making time looms for many of you out there in 0L internet land, I urge you to consider an objectively obvious factor that lends itself to extremely subjective interpretation: size. When I was making the right [...]

    . April 10, 2012

  6. Social Harvard: Of Happy Hours & Free Lunches

    Congratulations to Philipp K.! Philipp was the first reader to correctly guess the pronunciation of my last name (rhymes with needle), making him the winner of the inaugural Social Harvard Mailbag Challenge! Philipp also correctly identified the Bavarian origins of my name, aptly noting my family’s proud history as the best yodelers north of the [...]

    . March 19, 2012

  7. Social Harvard: An Introduction

    For those of you already admitted to Harvard, you no doubt have your pick of excellent law schools. You’ll likely base your decision on relatively observable characteristics like employment outcomes, course offerings, or facility aesthetics. These are certainly important considerations, but when I was making this decision last year, I also valued a school with [...]

    . February 14, 2012

  8. Where the True Magic Happens

    It is a Thursday. I’m trying to taking advantage of some free time and get ahead on my Evidence reading. Then I get an email popup with the following subject line: “Does anyone know how to create a non-profit corporation in New York State?” My first reaction was to laugh. Who does things like this? [...]

    . October 21, 2011

  9. Fall in Cambridge

    You know it is fall in Cambridge when: 1. The temperature can be 77 one day and 57 two days later. 2. You can sustain yourself on the free swag/food provided during on campus fairs/events/meetings. 3. The HLS tunnels begin to resemble a busy city street on rainy days. 4. U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice [...]

    . October 4, 2011

  10. 1L Job Search

    Hi, again! I thought that I’d post in a bit more detail how the 1L job search works here at HLS. In November, you can select an advisor in both OPIA, the office that covers public interest advising, and OCS, the office that covers private sector employment and clerkships. This advisor is your go-to person [...]

    . March 11, 2011

  11. Quick Note on Intramural Sports and Gym Life at HLS

    For those of you who came to the Admitted Applicant Program this past weekend, I hope you checked out Hemenway during your time on campus. Hemenway is an incredible, state-of-the-art facility right on the HLS campus that has separate floors for weights and cardio, locker rooms, multiple squash courts, a great basketball/volleyball court, and a [...]

    . March 9, 2011

  12. 100 days to go!

    No, I haven’t been keeping count myself. Last week, the 3L class marshals hosted the “100 days to go lunch” for all graduating students. The purpose of the lunch was to announce our class speaker and give us information on regalia, class rings, etc. But really what it did was tell us all that our [...]

    . February 21, 2011

  13. Problem Solving Workshop (A Student’s Perspective)

    I wanted to drop a quick line to tell all you eager 0L’s out there in internet land a bit about the infamous “J-Term” at HLS. All 1Ls are required to take a course entitled “Problem Solving Workshop” during a three-week period following winter break and prior to the start of second semester. Over the [...]

    . January 21, 2011

  14. Winter Term: Food and Drug Law

    I have to admit that when the enormous textbook arrived in the mail I was dreading the arrival of winter term. However, this has turned out to be one of the more interesting classes that I have taken at HLS. As my professor put it, “food and drug law affects everyone.” Usually I shy away [...]

    . January 20, 2011

  15. It’s Been Awhile

    Well, hi! I think all of us bloggers took a bit of a blogging break during finals. The 8-hr long take home finals were a new type of exam for me, and I’d like to thank the bagel, the cookie, and the chocolate for getting me through them. Add on friends and family to that. [...]

    . January 20, 2011

  16. Shaq Attack!

    (Guest blogger Trisha Ananiades is a 2L. She is an Assistant Technical Editor for the Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law.) I have been a sports fan as long as I can remember – an oddity in my family, given that no one else knows or cares about sports. One of the biggest reasons I [...]

    . January 19, 2011

  17. Chief Justice Roberts Surprise Visit

    I’ll make this post short, but Chief Justice John Roberts just surprised our Legislation and Regulation class with a 40-minute Q&A during class. Quote from our professor when the Chief Justice walked in: “Shazam! It’s the Chief Justice!” A perfect reminder of how special HLS is.

    . November 17, 2010

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  18. Shakespeare and the Law

    Reading groups are among the many unique features of Harvard’s 1L experience. A reading group is a collection of 10-12 students who meet with a professor every other week to discuss a topic unrelated to our law school classes. Each reading group has a specific theme, ranging from immigration policy to terrorism to the history [...]

    . November 17, 2010

  19. It’s mid-November already?!

    I wanted to let all of the applicants know that it is November 13 and 60 degrees here in Cambridge. Beautiful, sunny skies. And this is how it has been every single day this month. OK, that’s not true, but it is a beautiful day in what has been a bit of a chilly and [...]

    . November 14, 2010

  20. Learning outside the classroom

    Harvard Law School is renowned for many things, from its world-class faculty to unparalleled facilities and resources to a (sometimes nauseatingly) accomplished student body. Yet throughout the first term of my 1L year, I’ve come to realize that the hidden gem of HLS may just be the opportunity to hear from and meet a collection [...]

    . November 5, 2010

  21. So You Want to Go to Law School?
    Cartoons with robot voices talking about law school seems like an odd thing to be gaining a lot of attention among lawyers, but about fifteen people have all forwarded me the same YouTube video entitled “So You Want to Go to Law School.” It features a young woman who [...]

    . November 3, 2010

  22. La Alianza picked a peck of… apples?

    A couple weeks ago, I went apple picking for the very first time. The purpose of the trip was to bond with other members of La Alianza, the Latino student group on campus. I have to say the trip was more of a success than I expected. As part of our group package we were [...]

    . November 1, 2010

  23. Seeing Beyond the Frivolous

    I grew up on a steady diet of daytime television, along with which came a hearty helping of personal injury lawyer ads. One of my local law firms even made Esquire’s list of the five worst plaintiffs’ lawyers ads of all time (For that one and four other gems, check this out.). These low-budget commercials, [...]

    . October 27, 2010

  24. Research Away

    Most of my time spent in law-related activities outside the classroom at HLS revolves around my research assistant (RA) work for two professors. I am also on a journal and attend as many Women’s Law Association events as I can, but the journal commitment for 1Ls is not terribly time consuming, so I dedicate a [...]

    . October 25, 2010

  25. Long Distance

    Long distance is a frustrating topic for me. Growing up I always said that I would stay in Chicago for college and never leave. I come from a very large Mexican family and no one lived outside of the area when I was in high school. I hadn’t even been anywhere in the United States [...]

    . October 22, 2010

  26. A Day in the Life

    As I went through the law school decision-making process last year, I was certainly not shy about asking many questions about what differentiates school X from school Y, if there were differences in career prospects depending on what school you attended, quality of life, make-up of the student body, etc. However, I realized once I [...]

    . October 18, 2010

  27. Yes, firms do research summer associates…

    If you’ve read my entries in this blog before, you know that I spent my summer working for a mid-size firm in Chicago. The first assignment that we got as summer associates was a big document review. I wasn’t surprised by that fact at all. Two other summers and I walked into a small conference [...]

    . October 15, 2010

  28. The Return of Fall Break

    After I graduated from undergrad, I assumed I would never have a fall break again. The beautiful three-day weekend that used to give us the perfect chance to go apple-picking couldn’t possibly exist in law school, too. I had forgotten, however, about a little guy named Christopher Columbus (and I don’t mean Christopher Columbus Langdell, [...]

    . October 13, 2010

  29. Food, glorious food

    In Josh’s introduction to the blog, he hoped that some of us would share our thoughts on living on a budget. I’d like to focus on the base of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, in particular, food. (For reference, take a look at how Wiki depicts it. But do not ever cite to Wikipedia while in [...]

    . October 6, 2010

  30. One Heck of a Walk…

    Every morning, I leave my off-campus apartment between Harvard and Central Squares and embark on my 15-minute journey to the law school. As I speed-walk toward a class in contracts or torts, weaving in and out of photo-snapping tourists (generally to the tune of a Kanye song), I have a moment to reflect on the [...]

    . October 4, 2010

  31. The Truth about Dorm Living

    Walter Gropius: German architect, Founder of the Bauhaus movement, designer of Harvard Law School dormitory complex named in his honor, the butt of many a pun involving the first syllable of his last name…the list goes on and on. Three weeks into living in the Gropius dorms, I’m starting to understand why these dorms are [...]

    . September 30, 2010

  32. One month into 1L year…

    One month into 1L year in Section One. One incredibly Socratic professor with a penchant for suspenders. One section leader and professor who occasionally goes by Papa Bear. One professor who daily leaps and bounds about the classroom. One Legal Research and Writing Climenko Fellow with a knack for 80s humor. And one professor who [...]

    . September 29, 2010

  33. A Big New Home

    The law school can seem like a really big place, especially at first glance.  While many law schools are contained within a single building, HLS’s sprawling campus (relatively speaking) casts a simultaneously grand and perhaps intimidating shadow over a 1L like me.  And, already, I’ve experienced both the grandeur and the intimidation. During the first [...]

    . September 28, 2010

  34. Shaq as a Classmate?

    You just never know who you might bump into on the Harvard campus! Shaquille O’Neal recently spent an afternoon hanging out around Harvard and shared some good advice with the Boston Globe for students considering coming here: “If you have the academic ability to come here, I think you should. I can come visit, but [...]

    . August 31, 2010

  35. Working as a 0L at HLS – Phillip Hill

    Guest blogger Phillip Hill will be starting at HLS this fall as a member of the class of 2013. School has not even started yet and I am already awestruck by the opportunities I have been afforded here at Harvard. Despite being a lowly 0L, I have had the privilege of working one-on-one with the [...]

    . July 29, 2010

  36. Summertime: Lea Downey

    I’m writing this from a cruising altitude on my flight from Chicago to Austin, Texas. After three final exams, a paper that never seemed to end, and some serious hassles getting out of Boston—which I guess are inevitable with the amount of travel going to Harvard can involve, but that hardly makes it fun to [...]

    . May 26, 2010

  37. Student Profile: Alexis Lien

    I’d like to introduce you to my good friend, Alexis Lien. Alexis is a 3L who grew up in Oregon. When you meet Alexis, the first thing you notice is her smile and her warmth. I decided to interview her because I think she encapsulates the qualities of so many HLS students: friendly, energetic, bright, [...]

    . May 3, 2010

  38. Grapevine gossip confirmed!

    My post a couple days ago on Law School Prom conveyed the unconfirmed rumor that Russell Brand and Jonah Hill showed up at our party, and lo and behold, after my submission went up on the website I was sent photographic proof! Russell Brand at the Liberty Hotel with HLSers. This is amazing! Yes, amazing [...]

    . April 30, 2010

  39. Word Up!

    Last month at the public interest auction a group of people in my section won a night of karaoke with our civil procedure professor, our legal writing professor, and our legal writing professor’s husband (who happens to be an actor on the Wire). Well last week it was time to pay the piper. The group [...]

    . April 30, 2010

  40. Law School Prom

    For those of you nostalgic for the good old days of high school dances, don’t worry! They come around again in law school! In case it’s not enough of a throw-back for you that you’ll get a locker here, we also have law school prom. As with most things, we call it something different. It’s [...]

    . April 28, 2010

  41. Decision Time! How Mike Decided…

    Before telling you why I chose HLS, I’d like to share a brief story about a childhood mentor and role model, Harvey. Harvey graduated from Harvard Law School and went to work for a large, prestigious law firm. Craving new excitement, and armed with his HLS degree, he transitioned into business and joined CBS. He [...]

    . April 27, 2010

  42. Decision Time! How Elizabeth Decided…

    Deciding where to go to law school was not easy for me. After four years of being over a thousand miles away from my family I was ready to go home. I applied to all the great law schools in Chicago hoping that I would get to go home after graduation. Obviously, it didn’t work [...]

    . April 26, 2010

  43. Decision Time! How Lea Decided…

    I know this is the time of year when many people have tough decisions to make between first-rate law schools. I’ll admit up front that I’m not the best person to give advice on that topic, because I pretty much knew I wanted to be here all along. But for that same reason, I came [...]

    . April 23, 2010

  44. Clinical Week: Alonzo Emery

    Guest blogger Alonzo Emery is currently a 3L at HLS. Eighteen hours after the last final exam of my 1L year, I started my summer internship in New York. My mentor at the office where I was working reminded me that mastery of the law requires first serving as an apprentice—be it at a big [...]

    . April 20, 2010

  45. Clinical Week: Erin Walczewski

    I’ve gotta be honest—I don’t think I really knew what clinics were when I started at HLS. I mean, I had a vague idea, but the whole concept seemed really intense and maybe reserved for only the people who were super-into a topic area, not a wandering soul like me. I’ve now done not one [...]

    . April 16, 2010

  46. Clinical Week: The Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program

    Guest blogger Josh Nevas is the Ropes & Gray Negotiation and Mediation Fellow at HNMCP. When I tell people that I work at the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP), the most common response is, “Wow, that sounds interesting! [Brief pause] So…what exactly do you folks do there?” The short answer is that HNMCP [...]

    . April 15, 2010

  47. Clinical Week: Elaine Lin

    Guest blogger Elaine Lin is currently a 3L at HLS. Clinicals. And the random opportunities that come with that. My time at the law school generally. Where does one start? I came to law school with an eye for family law because I had been working with a woman and children’s homeless shelter in California. [...]

    . April 13, 2010

  48. “Guys and Dolls, Bids and Calls” – The HLS Public Interest Auction

    In order to raise money for the Summer Public Interest Funding (SPIF) program, the law school holds an annual public interest auction. Basically the structure behind the event is that members of the HLS community donate various items to be auctioned off, then people come and bid, and all the money goes to fund students [...]

    . April 9, 2010

  49. Public Interest Week: Mike Patrone

    This past summer, I had the fantastic opportunity to spend ten weeks working for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Florida. I had tremendous opportunities to gain hands-on experience and take on substantial responsibility even with only one year of law school experience. Further, fighting white collar crime in my hometown community, recently dubbed the nation’s [...]

    . April 9, 2010

  50. Public Interest Week: Neha Sheth

    Guest blogger Neha Sheth is currently a 3L at HLS. You can have HLS support and fund four public interest international trips on four continents in three years. Hmm, maybe I should have done more than four….But seriously, the international opportunities—and the opportunities to do international work domestically—are incredible; my own travel experiences are just [...]

    . April 9, 2010

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