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As a civil engineer in Boston, Mark managed co-op students from the College of Engineering and understood the value of the real-world assignments he gave them.

“I thought that if the co-op model worked in engineering, it would work in law,” says Mark, who was determined to advance his career by exploring the legal side of real estate development. “After doing some research, I quickly realized there were no other law schools out there with this type of model.”

Mark used his co-ops to explore various facets of real estate development, and he experienced how the centuries-old legal theories taught in classes such as Property and Contracts played out in contemporary court. Says Mark, “Northeastern enabled me to expand my horizons.” 

Co-op 1

Massachusetts Trial Court, Land Court Department, Boston

Working alongside a judge, Mark helped draft judicial decisions about property law cases and assisted with pretrial conferences and courtroom proceedings.

Activities

  • Inter-APALSA (chair)
  • Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
  • Law School Admissions Diversity Advisory Committee 

Co-op 2

Massachusetts Department of Revenue, Boston

Mark researched and drafted memoranda on a range of tax issues, from sales and use tax to sham transactions regarding intellectual property. 

Participant

Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition

Co-op 3

DLA Piper, Boston

Mark drafted memoranda on various real estate issues such as land use and development and EPA regulations.

Electives

  • Land Use
  • Modern Real Estate Development
  • State and Local Government
  • Law of Financial Institutions
  • Trademarks
  • Entertainment Law

Co-op 4

Donovan Hatem, Boston

Mark assisted attorneys in the professional practices and real estate group by researching construction design issues and land use rights.

After Graduation

Legal Counsel, Downtown Boston Business Improvement District Corporation, Boston

Now

Associate, DLA Piper, Boston

Result

A real estate attorney who sees development and finance from all angles.