During the summer of 2015, Ariel Lavi was a Research Assistant for the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He found this opportunity through Rabbi Loketch, who is one of the Rabbis at BU Hillel.
CCD: Tell us about your experience. What were your responsibilities
Ariel: I was the single legal research assistant and aid to Professor of Law Alon Harel at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I was responsible for doing research on various online databases for different articles he would write and then edit those articles for any grammatical errors before they were sent to the news source that requested the article.
CCD: What was the best thing about the experience? What was the worst?
Ariel: It was absolutely incredible; I have known for a while that I wanted to study law, but I never knew if I would really enjoy it. The work was tedious, annoying, and long, but I loved absolutely every minute of it and learned so much.
CCD: What advice would you give to another student about making the most of a summer experience?
Ariel: Have fun! I did this internship abroad and it wouldn’t have been any fun if I only worked. I also traveled and enjoyed Israel. Summer vacation is a vacation, and although there is a lot of free time to work and build up your resume, you need some sanity too.
CCD: What are the benefits of the type of summer experience you did?
Ariel: I got to live abroad for a semester. Since I transferred schools in BU, I wouldn’t have been able to study abroad during the normal academic year, so I had to find my own way of doing it.
CCD: What’s next for you?
Ariel: Law school. This internship showed me that law really is for me. I have a knack for it and a love of it. I found my calling.