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What does it take to be a successful law student? Who better to explain than law students themselves.

If you want to get a real sense of what law school is like—and how to thrive once you get there—take a few minutes to read some of the stories below, as New England Law | Boston students and recent grads share their struggles and triumphs, their advice and ambitions, and so much more.


Part-Time Law Student, Full-Time Innovator: Ryan Groff ’20

Full-time husband, full-time dad, full-time paralegal and firm administrator, and part-time law student: as if the challenges of balancing all these roles wasn’t enough, Groff’s passion for innovation has him striving to advance the legal profession as a whole. Read more.


The Path to Becoming a Public Defender: Jordan Strand ’19

How do you become a public defender? You set your mind to it, you go to law school, and you work really hard, just like recent New England Law graduate. Read more.


Learning International Law at The Hague: Fady Samaan ’19

If you want to use the law to help people—and international law in particular—you can learn a lot from Fady Samaan. From his childhood in Egypt to his internship with the International Criminal Court’s Trust Fund for Victims, Fady has been on a unique career path toward giving a voice to the voiceless. Read more.


Finding an Immigration Law Role Model: Galya Martin ’19

Sometimes, a professor can change the course of your law school career, even your life. Such was the case for Galya Martin ’19, who found a treasured role model for her immigration law career in New England Law | Boston Professor Dina Haynes. Read more.

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Taking it to the Ice with Sports Law: Ryan Breen ’19

What’s it like studying sports law? Ryan Breen ’19 had always loved hockey, and when it became clear that he wanted to work behind the scenes instead of on the ice, law school was the perfect next step. Read more.


Putting Public Service Above Self: Philjay S. Solar ’19

Philjay Solar ’19 always wanted to work in public service. But after spending two years teaching with City Year, he knew he had to do more to help his students. He decided to study public interest law, so he'd gain the tools and experience he needed to achieve even more change. Read more.


Becoming a U.S. Army JAG Intern: Sabrina Rocco '19

Sabrina Rocco ’19 knew she would serve her country one day. During her summer internship with the Judge Advocates General’s (JAG) Corps, she got her chance. This is her story. Read more.


The Benefits of Being a “Nontraditional” Law Student: Chelsea Carlton '19

Like many “nontraditional” law students, Chelsea Carlton’s path to law school had many twists and turns, ups and downs. But those experiences and challenges were a blessing, not a curse, in preparing for law school. And that’s what she wants other nontraditional law students to learn from her story. Read more.


Attending Law School as a Police Officer: Byron Foote ’18

The son of a Boston police officer, Byron Foote ’18 grew up aspiring to either enter the police academy or attend law school. In the end, he chose both, going to law school part time while serving on the force. Read more.


Finding a Law School Family: Czara Venegas ’18

For Czara Venegas ’18, earning her JD seemed like the perfect way to empower herself—and others—through the law. But when her personal life threw some curveballs, she relied on the New England Law community to reach the end of her journey. Read more.