Q&A with Eddie
Why did you choose BU Law?
My choice of BU Law was primarily based on the school’s excellent academic reputation, particularly in the field of intellectual property law. Plus, the school’s location in the center of the Northeast biotechnology corridor is conducive to great networking opportunities with both biotech IP practitioners and the biotech industry.
Who was the first person you told that you were accepted and why?
A colleague in my office. We were having a meeting when I got the call from BU. It was a great moment.
How has your background as a scientist manifested itself in your legal education thus far?
As a scientist, I was trained to narrowly focus on the available data and to reach hypothesis-driven conclusions. I think this mind-set will always permeate, to some extent, how I construe cases. However, I am slowly adapting to the necessity of also considering both the policy implications and prior court decisions when studying how the courts decide cases.
How have BU Law professors and/or fellow students responded to your experiences?
Some have been rather surprised by my academic background because at first glance it seems unusual. However, after I explain my career interests, they react very positively. At BU Law every student has unique qualities and academic backgrounds that enrich our learning experience. The classroom is a place where you get to understand divergent perspectives on the same legal issues.
What’s the biggest challenge of attending law school after serving as a technical specialist at an intellectual property law firm? What are the biggest advantages?
As you might imagine, my work was science-intensive. I was in my comfort zone. Now, as a law student, I have to train myself to broaden the perspectives from which I analyze issues, which can be challenging at times.
The biggest advantage of attending law school after having worked at the law firm is that I have a better sense of what my ultimate career goals are and can customize my law school experience to best fulfill those goals.
What has been your favorite 1L course thus far?
Contracts. I really enjoy the colorful cases that were selected for the course and the method the professor uses to bring them to life. It really helps me understand the development of the rules we use today.
What advice would you give to a future applicant?
Be confident and take the time to present a personal narrative that spotlights the unique characteristics that will distinguish you from other applicants.