Honoring the Legacy of Dr. King

GUEST BLOG Courtney Boykin,
2L at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

               After attending the events, I realized that I’m in law school for a much more meaningful purpose than I initially believed.

As you may know, I attend the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

Attending law school in Memphis offers many perks, one of which is the city of Memphis, itself. The city is filled with rich history, especially surrounding the Civil Rights movement of the 60s.

Last week, the city commemorated the assassination of the greatest civil rights leader of all time, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Affectionately referred to as #MLK50, there were many events featuring notable civil rights leaders, politicians, ministers, and family members of Dr. King.  Guests included everyone from Bernie Sanders and Bernice King to Andrew Young and Common. I was fortunate enough to attend multiple events featuring former Attorney General Eric Holder and Rev. Jesse Jackson. Holder, at a luncheon, spoke about current social issues including voting, legislation, education, and police brutality. Rev. Jesse Jackson, at a commemorating service, spoke about his experiences with Dr. King and current voting laws.

I don’t believe in coincidences.

I believe that everything happens for a reason. After attending the events, I realized that I’m in law school for a much more meaningful purpose than I initially believed. Ultimately, I walked away with a fresh inspiration to take my law school experience and use it for positive purposes. As an African American woman, I feel led, more than ever, to ensure that my privileged educational experience is used in a manner that honors the legacy and the work of the spoken and unspoken civil rights leaders who came before me.


The Summer Internship Search

GUEST BLOG Lauren Rose, Graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy

Most interviewers just want to see you did something legal this summer

We’ll just be brutally honest right out the gate: I don’t have one… YET.

It is certainly frustrating trying to make summer plans (housing, studying abroad, vacations, etc.) without knowing at all what your experience will be. It’s late February, so I may be reacting a bit too early here. But wouldn’t it be nice to have that part wrapped up so I can just focus on my academic?

I’ve applied to more than 50 internships – firms, judges, companies – thus far. What I’ve gathered from advisors and 2L’s is everyone is on their own timing. Some firms are likely already finished. I’ve heard others continue their search into mid-March. Many of my friends said they didn’t land jobs until April. There are even applications for summer positions that aren’t open yet. So no need to freak out just yet.

Sure, I’ve gotten a few “No’s” and that’s to be expected.

I just need to keep trucking along and be ready when the opportunity presents itself.  Truthfully, I need to just keep looking and applying everywhere I can find. Most interviewers just want to see you did something legal this summer. So that’s the goal (and to study abroad – more on that next week).

I think I’ll be able to manage a few more weeks of the limbo. I think.