One of my most challenging endeavors as an undergrad was completing my thesis. I put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into that effort. Okay, maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration, but it sure involved a lot of work. Now, as a 2L facing the J.D. Substantial Writing requirement, I feel like I’m entering Round 2.
All J.D. students at NYU Law must complete an extensive paper on a legal topic of their choosing. Students can opt to write it through directed research with a professor, or they can–as I am–write it as part of a seminar. Adding some excitement- and perhaps a little more pressure- to the process, students also can choose to use their paper as the basis for a “note” submitted to one of NYU Law’s student journals.
Right now I’m in the process of refining my topic and drafting the paper’s outline. My paper is going to explore connections between human dignity (the subject of the seminar I’m enrolled in) and prisoner rehabilitation. I’m also approaching this topic from an international/ comparative law perspective, a long-time interest of mine. I’m trying to find an original spin, and I’m spending lots of time reading cases and scholarly articles, and even braving the intimidating and somewhat creepy-looking library book stacks in search of research gold.
Stay tuned for how the rest of this process unfolds. My hope is that in the end, at the very least, it’s a paper that somebody somewhere- besides my ever supportive parents- will want to read.
Amanda is a 2L from Connecticut. After graduating from University of Connecticut in 2009 with a BA in Political Science and Human Rights, she enrolled in NYU Law to learn more about two long-time passions: human rights and international law. Though she's a New Englander at heart, she loves traveling. Last summer, she interned at a non-profit in Ghana.