Year: 3L (Class of 2016)
Undergraduate institution: University of Michigan, Class of 2009, graduated cum laude with a B.A. in History of Art
Experiences between college and law school: I worked for two years as a legal assistant in the antitrust department in the DC Office of Skadden Arps, and for another two years as Skadden’s Pro Bono Coordinator.
Activities at BC Law (besides being an Ambassador): PILF (Public Interest Law Foundation) for life! I was also an Immigration Spring Break Service Trip attendee and organizer, and a member of LSA’s Appointments & Promotions Committee, the BC Innocence Project Clinic, and the Judicial Appellate Externship Clinic.
Favorite class: This is hard. I’d say it’s a toss-up between American Legal History with Professor Bilder, because it was fascinating to learn about our country’s origin and history from a legal perspective, and Criminal Procedure with Professor Bloom, both for the subject matter and because Bloom is a national treasure. I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention Property with Professor Lyons.
Summer employment: 2L summer, I was a law clerk at Donovan Hatem. 1L summer, I worked at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau representing indigent clients facing eviction.
What do you hope to do after graduation? I am hoping to clerk for a judge or work for the public defenders office.
Why law school? I’ve always wanted to spend my career helping others, and I thought a legal career would be the best avenue for me to do that. Also, it’s really amazing to be able to learn so much in three years.
Why BC Law? Two words: the community.
What most surprised you about BC Law when you got here? The ease at which friendships formed, the true willingness of professors to get to know their students on a very personal level, and just how many nerdy, likeminded people there are.
Samantha Lyons is a 3L 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 Samantha.Lyons.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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