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
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
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
During winter break, many law students reflect on their decision to enroll in law school. Full cost may be as high as $85,000 annually for an experience they hoped would teach them new ideas and perspectives. While the legal curriculum exposes them to new concepts, the students will receive it
Recently, I had the opportunity to lead an ethics forum at the American Medical Association meeting. It was the first time I’ve been publicly introduced as an “attorney.” I was caught off guard since I haven’t sat for the bar yet, but it was a reminder that my time in
News from law schools across the country, including a grant for a domestic violence position, a website targeting the access to justice gap, a new entrepreneurial program, a cybersecurity opportunity, and two new initiatives to combat sex trafficking.
Maybe, in the last month, you've asked the special law student in your life what they would like for the holidays. Since it's finals, their response may have ranged from an unintelligible grunt to "PEACE AND QUIET!!!" The stress of the (finals) season should not put anyone on the naughty list.
We all know about the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, a towering structure that overlooks Capitol Hill, containing a gilded Reading Room and a massive archive that holds some of the world’s most precious books and media. But most people aren’t aware that the Library of Congress also
From the first day of law school, you need to keep perspective and unwavering focus – on just how paramount first-year grades are to your long-term career prospects. BARBRI's webinar, "Wait, What? Why are 1L Grades Most Important?!" will tell you why the results of your finals will loom large very
After you have completed the LSAT and received your first law school acceptance letter, you will likely celebrate passing the first major milestones on your path to becoming an attorney. You might wonder what to expect during law school. Watching movies like "The Paper Chase" or the "Legally Blonde" series
Grades are the pizza crust of law school. Some people will spend extra resources making the crust special – stuffed, thin, garlic. Some people will allocate too few resources and end up with too little crust altogether. But regardless of the quality of the crust, it is of little use standing
How should you refer to people that you interact with professionally? Start with a formal salutation - especially for professors and administrators.
Every week, I get information about CLE programs on technology in the legal profession. I also see plenty of bar journal articles and blog posts about lawyers using technology. But what I don't see are law schools making sure students head into the workforce with appropriate technology skills. This shouldn't be on-the-job
This summer, I had the amazing opportunity to intern for the State of Connecticut’s Attorney General’s Office. One of the perks that comes with this opportunity, other than the endless learning opportunities and seminars, is the prison tour. Throughout the course of the internship, we as interns have had the ability
I graduated from University at Buffalo in 2003. It seems like both forever ago and also like a blink of an eye. I’ve learned a lot over the past 13 years and I have battle scars to prove it. However, many of those scars were unnecessary and could’ve been avoided
I decided to go to law school when I was 34 years old. At the time, I was working in the Insurance Industry and loved what I did. I was working as an adjuster doing personal injury claims under our Florida PIP statute and also worked in our pre-litigation company
The first year of law school is a difficult place to find yourself. It’s fast paced. It’s competitive. It’s tiring. It’s frustrating. And if you’re not careful, it’s easy to burn out and forget the reason you even wanted to be a lawyer in the first place. But through all of
Professor Andrew McClurg, author of the popular law school prep book, "1L of a Ride: A Well-Traveled Professor’s Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School," seeks to inspire new students to “Be Excited!” about their new adventure and get them on the right track from
Every student begins law school at the same starting line. Within weeks, days even, some students pull ahead while others fall behind. By the end of the year, at law schools all across America, the class is divided into GPA and class rank strata that include a top, middle, and bottom. What factors determine which group students end up in?
The most recent reports on the future of the legal industry show law firms are in a dire need of fresh talent, and new skills. However, the big question is: Are law schools preparing students for the future of law, and the changes already taking place?
Over the last few months, University of Kentucky law students have lived and breathed StreetLaw — a brand-new student organization at the UK College of Law dedicated to teaching high school students and members of the Lexington community about law and the legal system.
New South Texas College of Law graduate Cha’Mira Keener will have a special well of strength from which to draw as she embarks on her public interest legal career, with hopes to serve as an advocate for juveniles. In addition to working with her clients as a legal counselor, she will
When my law school and the United States Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Georgia initiated the Street Law Program, I don’t think anyone could’ve imagined the success it would bring.
When Edith Windsor was denied federal marriage benefits after the death of her same-sex spouse, the United States Supreme Court struck down the portion of DOMA excluding same-sex couples from federal marriage benefits.
They say love is a battlefield – or at least that’s what Pat Benatar tells me. But going through law school, and the apex, the “Bar” can feel, at times, like her song. Or on a more welcoming vibe, “Welcome to the Jungle.” There is constant pressure to achieve, the hypervigilance,