Year: 2L (Class of 2017)
Undergraduate institution: Allegheny College, Class of 2013, graduated cum laude
Experiences between college and law school: I worked at a law firm in Buffalo, New York (my hometown), and interned at the office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
- President, Women’s Law Center
- Staff Writer, International and Comparative Law Review
- Judicial Extern, Boston College Judge and the Community Court Program
Favorite class: Criminal Procedure with Professor Bloom. Supreme Court opinions and simulated drug busts – what more could one want in a law school class?
- Summer Associate at Nutter McClennen & Fish (2L Summer)
- Legal Intern in the Public Integrity Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (1L Summer)
What do you hope to do after graduation? I hope to purse a career in litigation, real estate, or a hybrid of both. The beauty of such a versatile degree is the continuing opportunity to explore potential avenues and practice areas, both while in law school and following graduation.
Why law school? I concentrated on international political and economic development during undergrad. A law degree was the next logical step in this regard, and I am fortunate that I have been able to pursue international relations and development at BC Law through ICLR and various elective courses. Practically speaking, I enjoyed working in both the private and public legal sectors immensely (in a law firm, as well as in a government office), and knew that law school would afford me opportunities in both realms.
Why BC Law? I was first drawn to BC Law because of its reputation of being very collegial and non-competitive. I read great things about the professors, and was also attracted to the many clinic and externship opportunities here, because I knew that I wanted to supplement my academic learning with practical experience while in law school. Ultimately, however, I visited BC Law in March of 2014 before beginning my 1L year and instantly loved BC. I saw myself enjoying and maximizing the next three years here. This was what really sealed the deal for me; I sent in my deposit the day I got back to Buffalo.
What most surprised you about BC Law when you got here? Everyone here genuinely wants to see each other succeed, which was something I found surprising initially. Outlines are passed down from year-to-year, professors have open-door policies, and your classmates will not hesitate to help you out during a cold call. However, what surprised me most recently was coming to the realization that I will actually be sad when law school is over.
Natalie Cappellazzo is a 2L at BC Law and a BC Law Ambassador. Feel free to contact her with questions about her experience, BC Law, or law school in general. Comment here or send her an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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