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F. Lee Bailey

Talking with F. Lee Bailey about O. J. Simpson and reasonable doubt

May 23, 2017

The O. J. Simpson trial is still heavy on people’s minds, especially with the release of shows like “O. J. Simpson: Made in America” and Netflix’s “American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson.” In this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, host Chris Morgan talks to F. Lee

Faking It

Fake it till you make it – everyone else is doing it too!

May 23, 2017

I remember entering law school thinking that I had so much experience in the world. After having run a nonprofit organization with professional staff representing 240,000 students statewide, creating and leading a mock trial program, all while finishing my undergraduate degree in three years, what was left to learn about work


A link to the future of legal citations?

May 22, 2017

“Have you watched that video I tagged you in?!” Within a few short years, clever memes and fail videos have taken over social media. If we happen to come across something worth sharing with our friends, social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter allow users to tag their friends

Quimbee Adkins vs. Children's Hospital

Substantive due process case was overturned in due time

May 19, 2017

This is the latest in a series of case brief videos. Have you signed up for your Quimbee membership? The American Bar Association offers three months of online Quimbee study aids for law student members. And if you go Premium, you'll receive Quimbee's Outline on Legal Ethics as part of

John Mitchell

ABA leadership profile: John Mitchell, Law Practice Division

May 18, 2017

Name: John “The Purple Coach” Mitchell Hometown: Chicago Position in Law Practice Division:  Chair Current Employer: KM Advisors, LLC Practice Areas:  I do not practice law and haven’t since 1995.  I own a boutique company that helps lawyers learn the many skills necessary to be successful owners of their firms or to


Shark school: 4 pre-law questions to answer before college

May 17, 2017

Q: I’m a freshman in High School, and I want to prepare to become an attorney. I have already done a bit of research, but there are still a few questions that I have (below). A: Excellent! You are preparing early! Being a lawyer can be fascinating and rewarding. But it’s

Job Search Chat

Searching for a job? This is the #LegalCareerChat you're looking for.

May 16, 2017

Join ABA Legal Career Central (@abalcc) for its next #LegalCareerChat talking to Kathy Morris (@LawyerCounselor), founder of Under Advisement, Ltd., on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 2 p.m. ET. Kathy Morris is a lawyer and long-time career counselor for lawyers and law students through her company, Under


How to choose classes in law school, 2L edition

May 12, 2017

Once you’ve made it past your first year of law school, you’re afforded the opportunity to pick and choose your own courses. Most law schools offer an extensive variety of classes. This can be both a benefit and a burden to a law student who is trying to create a

Quimbee 44 Liquormart v. Rhode Island

Supreme Court taps into spirit of the law on alcohol price ads

May 12, 2017

This is the latest in a series of case brief videos. Have you signed up for your Quimbee membership? The American Bar Association offers three months of online Quimbee study aids for law student members. And if you go Premium, you'll receive Quimbee's Outline on Legal Ethics as part of

Using the Force Of Your Network

Learn how to put your network to work after law school

May 11, 2017

You've just graduated from law school. You've got your JD. You're studying for the bar exam. So, how about a job for when you pass it? Now's the time to use the biggest power in your universe to work – and rule the job market galaxy as you put your network in motion. Take

Legal Aid Defender

Badge of honor: The winner of our Legal Aid Defender contest is ...

May 11, 2017

In March, we challenged law schools across the country to join us in defending Legal Services Corporation, the single largest funder of legal aid for people who cannot afford a lawyer. While the fight to save LSC may not be over, our contest is. And our winners wear maroon. Yes, the

Hire Me

The short and useless life of a bad resume

May 08, 2017

Over the last 20 years, I have reviewed hundreds of resumes. Most of them hit the wastebasket very rapidly. There are a lot of reasons why. The author can’t write proper English, punctuate properly, or obey the rules of grammar. Even little things matter – attention to detail

Sisters Lizbeth and Tammy Chavez

Sisters-in-law: Dayton grads to share law degrees, employer

May 04, 2017

DAYTON, Ohio — Sisters Lizbeth and Tammy Chavez have shared a lot through the years: a bedroom, a family car, the same undergraduate school and a major in social work. Come May 6, they'll share something else — a University of Dayton law degree. The Chavez sisters will be among the

In-House Hired

In-house counsel job right after graduation? It is possible!

May 04, 2017

In this article, I examine both my own experience in landing an in-house legal job right out of law school, as well as the insights of a fellow in-house young lawyer and an experienced executive at a national healthcare services company. I believe it’s possible for first-year attorneys to find

Virgin Islands

Another latitude heard from on the Uniform Bar Exam

May 03, 2017

We knew something was in the water as we noted Maine's entry into the ranks of states accepting a score from the Uniform Bar Exam. We just didn't know how far south that something was. Enter the U.S. Virgin Islands – the exquisite trio of St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix

Women in Law

Where do women go to law school?

May 03, 2017

2016 seems to be widely accepted as the first year in history that women enrolled in juris doctor degrees outnumbered men at US law schools – 50.09% versus 49.46%. A small percentage, 0.45%, selected “other” for gender. We wondered where exactly they're going to school. Does the east look different from

Uniform Bar Exam

Performing some overdue Maine-tenance on our UBE watch map

May 02, 2017

Two weeks from today, the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar will be hosting a webinar on the UBE called "The Uniform Bar Exam: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Headed?" If you haven't registered yet, feel free to do so. We'll give

Law Day 2017

The 14th Amendment: Cornerstone of civil rights

May 01, 2017

The theme for Law Day 2017 – The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy – provides the opportunity to explore the many ways that the Fourteenth Amendment has reshaped American law and society. Through its citizenship, due process, and equal protection clauses, this transformative amendment advances the rights of all Americans. It also plays

Abrams v. United States

'Clear and present danger' presents itself in Abrams

April 28, 2017

This is the latest in a series of case brief videos. Have you signed up for your Quimbee membership? The American Bar Association offers three months of online Quimbee study aids for law student members. And if you go Premium, you'll receive Quimbee's Outline on Legal Ethics as part of

Domestic and Sexual Violence

Address domestic and sexual violence in this ABA writing competition

April 28, 2017

Submissions are now being accepted for the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence’s 14th Annual Law Student Writing Competition. Law students are invited to submit articles addressing domestic and sexual violence and the law from a national or international perspective. Submissions should further the legal needs of

Judicial Intern

Learn how to make the most of your judicial internship or externship

April 27, 2017

Congratulations, you've made it to the judiciary! Well, you've gained a spot in chambers working with a judge as an intern. So ... what will you actually be doing? Prep for your stint with "Making the Most of your Judicial Internship/Externship," a webinar from the Law Student Division and the ABA Judicial Division. Watch

Savannah Law School Law Day 2017

Savannah Law School ends the spring semester with Law Day 2017

April 27, 2017

Law Day 2017 centers on the theme, "The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy." This year, Savannah Law School hosted a movie night featuring the film "Loving," based on the case of Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967), after a discussion of the 14th Amendment by

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Building the best construction lawyers one writing competition at a time

April 26, 2017

The American Bar Association's Forum on Construction Law is looking for the best law student writers in the country in its Law Student Writing Competition. The Forum introduces itself to the next generation of construction lawyers and strives towards its mission of Building the Best Construction Lawyers. And, deserving law student writers


Eureka! Win $2,500 in California legal history writing competition

April 26, 2017

The California Supreme Court Historical Society is taking entries for its Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition. The society is seeking original, unpublished scholarly writing on any aspect of California legal history, ranging from the Supreme Court itself, and its justices and decisions, to local events of legal historical

Federal Claims Court Bar Association

Claim your prize in the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association competition

April 25, 2017

The United States Court of Federal Claims Bar Association's annual Law Student Writing Competition for the 2016-2017 academic year is underway.  The goal of this competition is to encourage law student scholarship on current topics involving claims against the federal government that lie within the jurisdiction of the Court of