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There are 11 comments on Law School Is Hard, but Not Usually This Hard

  1. Mr. Mortillaro’s strength of character and perseverance are inspiring. Congratulations to him on all of his accomplishments thus far, and best wishes for success in the future.

  2. Wow! As a 43 year business owner, I’ve been a bit scared to go back to college this semester to ultimately fulfill my dream to attend law school. I’ve asked myself, why now? What will I have to sacrifice? How will I complete all the homework while maintaining my company and personal life at the same time? Can I afford to take on this new debt?
    This story is incredibly inspiring to me and gave me answers to my fears. Gaeteno has more reasons, to most, to put his studies and dreams on the back burner. Not only did he achieve his education dreams that he did by 3x with a masters.
    Thank you for sharing Gaeteno’s journey. This man is clearly destined for big things and has the mental fortitude and humility to attain that. I look forward to reading about him in political circles in the future.

    P.S. I might’ve shed a tear reading this.

    1. This comment was…so kind. Especially coming from someone who is so talented they built a massive contribution to the economy by building a business. That is food on the tables of families, possibly healthcare healing those with conditions. Improving society at large .

      The debt is scary, and so to is the considerations of the time required to finish the program. I faced similar fears. But fear is a good thing. It means you are smart enough to understand the complexities of how much law school can affect your life. The fact that you understand that speaks volumes to how much you could thrive in the program. If it’s your dream, I’d fully encourage it.

      If I can be of any assistance (advice, information, things that can help you in that journey or others) please don’t hesitate to reach out my friend: Gtmort@bu.edu

      Thanks again for your kind words, I’m flattered.

  3. I remember meeting Mr. Mortillaro during his first year when I worked at LAW. Always friendly, polite, and in good spirits. Such an inspiration to us all! May only good things come his way!

  4. Gaetano was a student in my Life Cycle of a Business Venture class this spring. We never met in person (thanks Covid) but he has an incredible work ethic and drive to succeed. Great story and excited for the future!

  5. All of us at Salem State are so proud of you Gaetano and not surprised at all by your continued success! Good luck with the bar exam and new job. Keep in touch.
    John Keenan, President

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