Q&A with Chloe Brighton
Why did you choose BU Law?
I applied to BU Law because of its commitment to Public Interest Law. In particular, I was drawn to the public interest project and public interest law journal, the diversity of student groups, and the commitment of a renowned faculty to its students. In a somewhat unrelated way, yet deeply relevant to my personal life, I was interested in being physically closer to my family in the Boston area after living abroad for three years. Lastly, I am a rower, and the possibility of returning to the Charles for my training was, as would be true for most rowers, ideal.
Who was the first person you told that you were accepted and why?
I told my mother, my fiancé and my dad in that precise and immediate order. My mom has always been my greatest supporter; I was excited to tell my fiancé because it meant that we would be able to solidify our hope of relocating to Boston from London; and I was anxious to tell my dad because my initial desire to study law was inspired by him.
Have you—or do you hope to—become involved with any student groups or organizations similar to Tulgeywood or Reprieve UK during your time here?
Definitely. I plan on joining the Public Interest Project, the International Law Society, and the Animal Legal Defense Fund. I hope to participate in the Wrongful Convictions Clinic in my second year and eventually start a BU Death Penalty Chapter.
In your essay you said, “I have come to believe that the future development of this body of law has the greatest potential to improve the quality of all aspects of human life.” How will your education at BU Law help you make an impact on that future development?
The basic tenet of human rights is that all human beings are entitled to equality and freedom and to be treated with dignity and respect. This entitlement is reflected in a growing body of law, the foundation of which was adopted by the United Nations in its Declaration of Human Rights and from which legal safeguards have been extended to ever-expanding classifications of individuals in dire need of protection afforded by these safeguards. I am committed to the process of earning legal training that would result in my gaining clarity of thought and a proficiency in the art of advocacy, with the hope of being a voice devoted to the protection and promotion of those without one.
Why is it important to you to “live outside the fence?”
To “live outside the fence” is to have the freedom to become one’s self, to experience the limits of one’s abilities or one’s limitless talents without encumbering boundaries or shielding barriers. To me, the excitement of learning is at its peak when successes and failures are fully met and when we are not organized in conforming units with assigned rights and privileges but are together in our shared humanity.
Thus far, have any people, classes or organizations made a particular impression on you as a future advocate for international human rights?
My first week at BU Law, I met Professor Stanley Fisher, who spoke with me about the upper class Wrongful Convictions and Criminal Justice Clinics. He also told me about the Spring Break pro bono opportunities that focus on criminal justice issues and the opportunities for involvement with various legal human rights issues. Professor Fisher’s own background, including his involvement with the New England Innocence Project, was immediately inspiring to me, and I understood right away that the opportunities available to me at BU Law would prepare me to become a future advocate of international human rights.
What advice would you give to a future BU Law applicant?
I would say to keep an open mind throughout the application process; research; advocate for your candidacy by being truthful; know your strengths; try to shed false pride; and choose a law school that, to the extent that you are able to determine, would choose you. The BU Law Admissions Committee is interested in getting to know an applicant as a whole person, so represent yourself and your interests fully.