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When your job includes disrupting terrorism—and writing about it for the President of the United States' Daily Brief—you need to show up for work prepared for anything. As a member of a national security team in the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Michael Greenwald ('10) does just that.
By the time he arrived at BU Law, Greenwald had already set his sights on a career with the U.S. Treasury. He knew his way around the nation's capital from his undergraduate days at George Washington University. He'd even spent two summers interning at the Department of Homeland Security National Security Law Division before earning a master's in international relations at Boston University.
Greenwald realized, however, that he needed legal training to align his skill set with his objectives. I wanted a firm grounding in the core fundamentals of the law, significant internship opportunities, exceptional faculty mentors, and the space to shape my professional identity, he says. BU Law delivered on all counts.
Greenwald tapped into the school's experiential learning network to land successive internships at the U.S. Attorney's Office National Security Division in Los Angeles, the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee, then the U.S. Treasury. In the spring of his third year, he returned to Washington, D.C. through BU Law's Semester-in-Practice Program in the general counsel's office at Treasury. These experiences, he says, were far and away the best preparation for entering the workplace.
BU Law's faculty was and still is a vital aspect of Greenwald's education–in particular, the extraordinary level of expertise across all disciplines. My teachers were both role models and colleagues. They still are. I regularly call them to discuss issues that come up in their fields. When you have to be prepared for any eventuality, a network of that caliber is priceless.