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Category: Law School 101



Studying as a 1L

Paying it forward: A guide to your 1L year (from a rising 2L)

August 07, 2017

Congratulations!  Law school is a big deal, there is a lot of doom and gloom in the media about attending law school based on the market and the employment outcomes.  I cannot speak for all my peers, but I am incredibly happy with my decision to take on the challenge

OCI

OCI advice: How to stand out from the crowd

August 01, 2017

Imagine you are sitting in your ninth on-campus interview of the week, talking to yet another potential employer about the unique attributes of this particular firm. The attorney sitting across from you earnestly describes her firm’s associate training program: “We give summer associates real client work, not make-work. And once

OCI

The 3 basic elements of making a good impression during OCI

July 21, 2017

From a 5-minute conversation at a networking reception to phrasing job entries on your resume to on-campus and callback interviews, your ability to make a good impression can help you land your dream internship or summer associate position and set the tone for your career. In every interaction you’ll have during the hiring process,

Facetime

Face time with your supervisor: A formula for success in oral briefings

July 19, 2017

It’s 6:30 p.m. and you are at your office desk, responding intently to emails.  You feel someone’s stare and look up. Your supervising attorney, briefcase in hand, has paused at your door.  “How’s the Martinez matter coming along?”  Before you can answer, you hear the dreaded invitation: “Walk with me.”

Danger

How to study your way to law school survival

July 07, 2017

Getting into law school is thrilling. You’ve been preparing for this moment a long time. After the giddiness wears off, you may start to feel a bit apprehensive. That’s because law school is an extremely competitive environment. It’s truly a jungle where the law of the land includes survival of

Right Wrong

5 reasons why law school is wrong for you (and 5 reasons why it's right)

June 28, 2017

Is law school right for you? The answer to this question is often unclear.  If you’re thinking about law school, you probably fall into one of two categories: You either dream of being a lawyer or you’re at a career decision point and looking for your next move. Before you buy

PSLF

The Gamble of Public Service Loan Forgiveness

June 22, 2017

Young lawyers are needed to fill public service roles but often law school debt funnels them into higher paying positions. The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program was aimed to help this issue by forgiving student debt after ten years of qualifying employment at the local, state, or federal level. In

Chris Jennison and Josephine Bahn (right) talk with Circuit Governor Morgan Nelson at the 2016 ABA Law Student Division Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Lessons from year one: Networking really is that important

June 15, 2017

You may be reading the title and thinking – really?  Law school administrators and career services already tell us about the importance of networking, and some 1L teachers push us or even require us to interview a practitioner or to attend an event here and there. Still, law school doesn’t teach

Networking

Networking starts on day one

June 12, 2017

Most law students quickly realize that law school is so much more than attending classes and studying. While your schoolwork is a critical component (and obviously the primary purpose of your being there), law school truly is the beginning of your legal career and, more importantly, your network. Each day

BARBRI Practice

BARBRI tip: You'll play like you practice

May 30, 2017

In sports, those athletes who can recognize where and how they are falling short in execution, and then focus relentlessly to build upon the necessary skills, most often rise to an elite level of performance. Like the old saying says, “practice makes perfect.” Yet what happens when you practice the

Sharks

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

Choices

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

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

Juggling act

Finding the balance in your law school curriculum

April 06, 2017

I graduated from law school this past May, took the bar in July, and was fortunate to land a job as a federal judicial law clerk that started in September.  What this really means: I’m no expert on law school curriculum. I do, however, have some sage advice to give

How do you eat an elephant

How to get the book award: Tips and strategies for law students

April 04, 2017

During my 1L year of law school, I remember walking into the library a week before final exams.  I saw a friend from my section.  He looked stressed and tired.  Normally, he was cool and confident and always had something to say during class.  What happened? He looked at me and

The Legal Research Survival Manual

Outwit, Outwork, Outlast: Legal research survival tips

April 03, 2017

Legal research gets a lousy deal in legal education.  When you arrive as a first year student you are enrolled into mandatory classes that take a deep dive into the Common Law.  You will wrestle with the Rule Against Perpetuities and try to wrap your head around the Statute of

Rene Morency

Calling all 1Ls: Some helpful rules for success

March 22, 2017

We are all familiar with the benefits of hindsight.  Unfortunately, as a 1L, we do not yet know what we do not yet know.  At least, if we do know, it is not with as much clarity as we have with hindsight. Well, here are six success rules that will hopefully

E-discovery

E-discovering your career path

March 16, 2017

Legal technology is constantly changing, improving, growing, and increasing in importance. Now is an ideal time to reflect upon past advances and start setting goals for the future. Recently, there have been major advancements in the importance of e-discovery. Law and paralegal students alike need to find opportunities to increase their knowledge

OCI

How to ace your on-campus interviews (OCI)

February 13, 2017

The on-campus interview. Your future career hangs in the balance! Are you ready? Whatever you do, don’t fail, or your thought of a law career is over! OK, OK, not really. Just relax. The OCI is a big deal – this post is not to downplay it – but it is not

2L Island

Marshaling the marooned: Welcome to 2L Island

January 30, 2017

For most of us, the first year of law school could be distilled down to a single word: survival. We had to survive our first day, our first recitation, our first midterm, our first exams, and our first grades. Being a 1L is akin to being taken out to sea

Pre-Law

Is a pre-law program right for you?

January 25, 2017

Is pre-law right for you? Yes, no, and it depends. I recommend any students considering law school participate in a pre-law program after careful evaluation.  In addition to going through a pre-law program myself, I talked with two young lawyers that both attended an undergraduate program that offered a pre-law

Politics Careers

Is politics your passion?

January 01, 2017

A Congressional staffer shares his story and offers suggestions on how to build a satisfying career in public service.

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