Four years ago, Michael Walsh made headlines as the youngest person to graduate from Suffolk University in Boston, receiving his bachelor of science degree cum laude at age 17.

Walsh, now 21, received his juris doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School as the youngest person in the class or 2010.

“Learning trial practice from a judge, con law from a constitutional scholar, and civil procedure from the man who wrote the book are just a few of the experiences Suffolk has to offer to prepare its students for the real world,” said Walsh. “Learning from the likes of Justice John Greaney, Judge Gerald Alch, Judge Gordon Doerfer, and Judge Nancy Gertner has not only been amazing, but I've covered an array of subjects, from trial practice to constitutional law."

From Parliament to State House

Walsh said that Suffolk Law not only prepare its students for the real world, but also can open doors along the way.

“I have studied in historic Cambridge, England, for the summer, walked the halls of Parliament, and studied next to students from China, Saudi Arabia, and South Boston,” he said. “When at Suffolk, not only can you prepare to join the local real estate bar, you can prepare to become a citizen of the world.”

Walsh, with the help of Suffolk Law Professor Betsy McKenzie, trawled the depths of the Massachusetts archives to learn about the colonial history of Massachusetts and its court system. He also participated in several trial competitions and participated in the internship program.


During an internship at the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, Walsh wrote briefs, conducted research, argued a motion to suppress evidence, and assisted with interlocutory appeals.

Another internship was with state Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei, who is now running for lieutenant governor.