Q&A with Tulsi
Why did you choose BU Law?
One of the main reasons I chose BU Law is because of the outstanding faculty. When I was applying, I often heard about the great professors who you can’t find anywhere else. I’m happy to report that this is all true—brilliant, approachable, and good-humored are just a few of the adjectives I would use to describe them. It’s inspiring to be around such an exceptional faculty, especially because their doors are always open.
Who was the first person you told that you were accepted and why?
My mother was the first person I told. It was a dream of hers to graduate college, but her financial circumstances directed her toward a different life path. As a result, she relentlessly encouraged me to pursue my education and made me believe that anything is possible. My success is a direct result of the hardworking example she has led, and it only felt right to tell her first.
What are the unique advantages of coming to law school with a sociology background?
One of the most important advantages of having a sociology background is the ability to see the big picture. Studying social relations and the institutions that influence them calls for an interdisciplinary approach, which has shaped the way I see the world and led to what I call a ‘puzzle-piece mindset.’ I’m interested in learning how the various pieces shift and whether any are missing.
How has law school (thus far) influenced your love of language? Has your approach to the language of the law changed at all?
The law (and the words used to create them) allows for a large margin of flexibility. This flexibility extends to the differences and similarities amongst cases and the cultural norms that may dictate how that case is decided. For example, a particular statute can be applied to a decades-old case as well as a case being currently tried, and language is the common thread that makes this possible.
You mentioned that you’d like to become an advocate for the marginalized and underprivileged—what kind of law interests you in particular?
In almost all areas of law, there is an opportunity to help people. Human rights, family law, and even contracts enable one to serve their community and/or the underprivileged. I’m not sure which type of law I’m leaning towards, although my aim to help others remains solid.
Thus far, have any people, classes or organizations made a particular impression on you?
I am loving my time at BU Law, so to single out a certain aspect is difficult because they are all enriching. Prior to law school, I never thought Contracts would be particularly appealing, so I am surprised by how much I enjoy it! It’s not as cut and dry as I imagined, and I’m always excited to see how the next case fits into a larger operational framework.
What advice would you give to a future BU Law applicant?
Reward yourself along the way! You have worked hard thus far and will continue to do so throughout law school and beyond. Celebrate the mini-victories with your loved ones and friends. Nurturing yourself keeps you going and keeps you positive.