class of 2013; dartmouth
At BC Law, Brian Donaldson felt right at home. A hockey player as an undergrad at Dartmouth, Donaldson had set his sights on becoming an executive in the National Hockey league. “Legal issues permeate the business of hockey, and I wanted to attain the professional skill set needed to understand contracts, copyright, licensing agreements, labor law, and corporate law,” he says. “Not only [did BC have] one of the top law schools in the nation, it also had one of the best hockey programs.”
BC Law has measured up to its reputation of an incredibly strong, supportive community, Donaldson says. His fellow students want to help each other to excel, learn, and develop as lawyers, despite the competitive atmosphere. The faculty exceeded his expectations, constantly making themselves available and providing him with guidance and support.
“I expected to have less time with my professors because it is graduate school, and all the students are expected to be more mature,” he says. “But I'm very fortunate and appreciative for the access and availability that my professors have provided me. This ‘hands-off’ approach simply doesn’t happen at BC.”
Donaldson got involved in BC's BLSA (Black Law Student Association) chapter, SELS (Sports and Entertainment Law Society), and BLS (Business and Law Society). He is currently pursuing a dual degree JD/MBA, and is enrolled in BC’s Carroll School of Management. Donaldson’s long-term goal is to become the Commissioner of the National Hockey league.