Catching up with the Class of 2014

BU Law's newest alumni are making their mark on the legal world and beyond.

The Class of 2014 donned their commencement regalia just over 10 months ago, but already they are beginning to make their mark on the legal world and beyond. A total of 89% of the class is employed, more than 87% in JD-required or JD-advantage full- or part-time positions, working in government organizations, large and small firms, nonprofits, businesses, state and federal courts, private practice, and elsewhere. They are practicing health care, tax, intellectual property, employment, and more areas of law. Four graduates are serving our country as judge advocate generals—two in the Army and two in the Air Force. Nine are pursuing an additional advanced degree.

The diverse locations of the Class of 2014's employers prove how well the BU Law degree travels: they're scattered along the East and West Coasts, throughout the Midwest and the Southeast, and everywhere in between, from Birmingham, AL, to Bismarck, ND. Eight are working abroad in Asia, Europe, and Canada; one is in Puerto Rico; and 14 are employed in Washington, DC.

We caught up with a handful of our newest alumni to learn about their new careers and how BU Law helped prepare them for real legal work. Boston University School of Law congratulates the Class of 2014 on all of their successes thus far, and we look forward to keeping in touch as your careers unfold!

See Class of 2014 employment statistics

 

LAW FIRM ASSOCIATES

With the Class of 2014, BU Law continued its strong tradition of placing graduates at the nation's top law firms. Recently, the National Law Journal ranked BU Law #19 for large firm hiring, noting that 71 of the Class of 2014’s 246 members (28.86% of the class) obtained associate positions with the nation’s 250 largest law firms at the time of the survey. Ten months following graduation, 80 Class of 2014 graduates (32.5% of the class) are employed in firms with 250 or more attorneys. Additionally, the recently launched Small and Mid-sized Firm Apprenticeship Program has helped match a number of new alumni seeking opportunities in boutique and mid-sized settings with smaller firms. Learn more about some of our 2014 graduates practicing in law firms below.

 

yasmin ghassab

Yasmin Ghassab
Associate - Intellectual Property
Holland & Knight
Boston, MA

daniel jeng

Daniel "DJ" Jeng
Associate - Corporate and Business Law
Hinckley Allen
Boston, MA

ted serra

Ted Serra
Associate - Antitrust & Privacy
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Washington, DC

joel dodge

Joel Dodge
Litigation Associate
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan
New York CIty, NY

PUBLIC SERVICE FELLOWS

BU Law annually awards a select number of Public Service Fellowships to graduates who have demonstrated a strong commitment to pursuing public interest careers and their chosen organization. In fact, BU President Robert Brown recently announced a $1 million matching challenge, in which the University will match all gifts and pledges made in support of these fellowships, up to $200,000 annually for five years. Twelve fellows were named in the Class of 2014, including one N. Neal Pike Disability Rights Fellow. We caught up with a few to find out how their fellowships have helped support their public interest ambitions.

 

irene burga

Irene Burga
Legal Fellow
Natural Resources Defense Council
Santa Monica, CA

elena noureddine

Elena Noureddine
Detention Staff Attorney
Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project
Boston, MA

orla thompson and lisa gilbert

Orla Thompson and Lisa Gilbert
Law Fellows - Office of the General Counsel
NYC Transit Authority
New York, NY

lys runnerstrom

Lys Runnerstrom
Deputy District Attorney
Office of the District Attorney
20th Judicial District
Boulder, CO

jessica ziehler

Jessica Ziehler
Assistant Public Defender
Office of the Public Defender
15th Judicial Circuit
West Palm Beach, FL

dianna mihcelle martinez

Michelle Martinez
Legal Fellow - Immigrants' Rights Clinic
Boston University School of Law
Boston, MA

For each entering class, BU Law awards a handful of full-tution scholarships to incoming students who express a serious interest in pursuing a future career in public service. We are proud to report that all of the Class of 2014 Public Interest Scholars are employed in a variety of public interest positions across the country. See where they are now.

Additionally, graduating BU Law students who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to underserved populations receive prestigious national fellowships that fund their employment at various public interest organizations. Members of the Class of 2014 receiving such fellowships include the three below graduates. Visit the Class of 2014 statistics page to view a full list of the class's public interest employers.

 

lucy sun

Lucy Sun
Massachusetts Attorney General's Fellow
Office of the Attorney General
Boston, MA

elizabeth mcintyre

Elizabeth McIntyre
Equal Justice Works Fellow (sponsored by Staples and WilmerHale)
Greater Boston Legal Services
Boston, MA

elizabeth hasse

Elizabeth Hasse
Equal Justice Works Fellow (sponsored by BP and Morgan Lewis and Bockius LLP)
Tahirih Justice Center
Houston, TX

JUDICIAL CLERKS

Every year a number of successful BU Law graduates enter into local, state and federal clerkships, gaining exposure to a variety of legal issues; working closely with judges and other court personnel; and obtaining the training necessary for practicing law regardless of specialty. The Class of 2014 has obtained 13 clerkships—5 federal and 8 at the state level—in placements from the US Department of Labor to the New Jersey Superior Court (Appellate Division). Read about a few of the new clerks below.

 

kristen dooley

Kristen Dooley
Judicial Law Clerk
Massachusetts Appeals Court
Boston, MA

alexandra arvanitis

Alexandra Arvanitis
Judicial Law Clerk
Massachusetts Superior Court
Boston, MA

cesar lopez morales

Cesar Lopez Morales
Judicial Law Clerk
US District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico

GOVERNMENT ATTORNEYS

The federal government offers many different rewarding professional opportunities for lawyers at any stage in their careers. Several Class of 2014 graduates have joined various governmental organizations at both the federal and state levels, from the IRS to the Texas Legislative Council. See what a few of these new governement attorneys are doing below.

 

sohum karia

Sohum Karia
Attorney-Advisor - Office of Disability Ajudication and Review
Social Security Administration
Baltimore, MD

brittany copper

Brittany Copper
Law Clerk
Federal Labor Relations Authority
Chicago, IL

jenna mcgrath

Jenna McGrath
Attorney-Advisor
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC

ned nakles

Ned Nakles
Legal Honors
US Department of Housing and Urban Development
New York, NY

PRIVATE PRACTICE, IN-HOUSE, AND ELSEWHERE

LinkedIn, LG Electronics, Boston Children's Hospital, Blackstone, EMC, CitiGroup, the NYC Dept of Education: these are just a few of the employers for which the BU Law Class of 2014 grads are working. To see a full list of Class of 2014 employers, visit the 2014 employment statistics. To read about two alumni working in very different fields on opposite coasts, see below.

 

bernadette reyes

Bernadette Reyes
Manager - Contract Administration
Business and Legal Affairs
Twentieth Century Fox Television
Los Angeles, CA

collins cannon

Collins Cannon
Associate - Global Structuring
Pricewaterhouse Coopers
Boston, MA

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Last edited July 1, 2015

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