I am happy to host a guest blog today from Vincent Lau, ’97, on why BC Law’s community continues to make it the right choice.
I still remember the very first week when I was a 1L years ago when Dean Avi Soifer both informed and assured us that the Boston College Law School was an extended community. While I haven’t thought too much more about the actual speech until now, his characterization of BC Law was definitely accurate. Looking back at the different stages of my relationship with the school, I couldn’t agree more.
When I was accepted to BC Law I was very excited but also torn. At the time, I was living in California and was offered admission into one of the reputable state schools in California, with an in-state resident tuition price tag. And, having grown up on the East Coast, I wanted to stay longer in California. What convinced me was that all of the BC Law alumni with whom I spoke were very pleased with their education and the experience they received. In fact, they freely shared with me how much they enjoyed their time there. How could I say no?
While attending BC Law has been over 20 years ago, what sticks out in my mind about my experience is the access that I had to my professors. While BC Law attracts some of the brightest legal minds, these are also professors who are dedicated to the learning process and ensuring that they set aside time for their students. I was floored by the attention that I received. This you don’t find in many other places and again emphasizes the sense of community there.
Up and down the East Coast, BC Law’s reputation precedes itself and is a known entity. In fact, not only is the alumni network strong, a BC Law education opens doors. I was speaking to an attorney involved in the hiring process with a national firm with offices in Boston and Washington, DC. I had asked her whether a candidate who had graduated from one school over another made much difference to her. She specifically said that her firm had hired many BC Law graduates before and thus the individual would stand a better chance because he/she would be a known quantity.
I’ve hired a few associates over the years myself and I would have to agree. Hiring is a complex and risky process; wherever there is an opportunity to minimize any uncertainties it is welcomed. When I hire someone, I am looking to invest long-term in the professional development of an individual. I know what I am getting when I hire a BC Law graduate. The truth is that they deliver.
BC Law is a community beyond the walls of the buildings. The alumni network is strong and, as a student, a job seeker, or hiring partner, I’ve benefited from this community. While I was first torn about my choice – more about geography than anything else – I do not regret my decision. BC Law was, and continues to be, the right decision for me.
Vincent W. Lau is the managing partner of Clark Lau LLC in Cambridge, Massachusetts and he counsels employers, employees, entrepreneurs, and individuals on a range of temporary and permanent immigration options. He enjoys taking complex immigration legal concepts and breaking them down into tangible and comprehensible ideas for employers and employees. It is with this same spirit that he speaks regularly at immigration conferences across the country and serves fellow immigration attorneys as the Vice Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s national liaison committee with the U.S. Department of Labor. Vince has been named among “The Best Lawyers in America” since 2010.
Vince received his B.A., cum laude, in Political Science from Yale University, M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the Boston College School of Education, and J.D. from the Boston College School of Law. Vince is a member of the BC Law Alumni Board and sits on their Alumni Engagement committee.