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Student Lawyer 2016

Student Lawyer magazine's top stories of 2016

Yesterday, we covered the top posts that started here on Before the Bar. Today we're going to look at the Law Student Division's publication, Student Lawyer magazine. Our online archives of the mag took the long journey across a few USB drives to reside here, and they date back to 2010. Many

Student Lawyer: Civility in the Profession Issue

Student Lawyer: Civility in the Profession Issue

The November/December 2016 issue of Student Lawyer carries this one message: You can be civil and succeed as a lawyer. We teach you how to contend without being contentious, how to navigate office politics without alienating your co-workers, and update you on the DREAM Initiative and the Law Student Podcast. Want


Want a successful legal career? Be nice

By ERIK BADIA It’s no secret that in the eyes of the public, lawyers don’t have the best reputation. In law school, they don’t teach you how to be kind and respectful. They teach you how to dissect your opponent and win. And this makes sense, given the nature of an attorney’s


Activism and your legal career

By LYNAE TUCKER There isn’t a region in these United States that has avoided the reach of political activism in the form of protests and demonstrations. Law students across the country wrestle with the pros and cons of participating as activists because those actions may carry life-changing con-sequences. Passing the character and

Office Politics

Politics as usual at the office?

By LYNAE TUCKER Expressing yourself politically—both online and in the workplace—can be nerve racking as a law student. Sure, lawyers are often politically and socially active. But how should you address your passionate views when a job is at stake? With care and planning, experts say. Professional politics Being a lawyer is all about


What to know about your first summer internship

By BILL CHAMBERLAIN The 1L summer internship is the capstone to the first year of law school. You can finally get out of the classroom and put what you’ve learned to use in actual legal practice. No matter what students do over the first summer, I find that when they return to campus,


Editor's Note: On disagreeing without being disagreeable

By ERIK BADIA Hello, and thanks for paging through the second issue of Student Lawyer for the 2016-17 academic year. Please allow me to introduce myself: I’m the new deputy student editor of the magazine, working alongside Lynae Tucker, our student editor. I hope you enjoyed reading our September/October Modern Lawyer issue as


It’s okay to get nervous

  By MARK COONEY A panel of 137 American scholars ranked Dr. Martin Luther King’s landmark “I Have a Dream” speech the best political speech of the 20th century, citing, among other things, its “rhetorical artistry.” But according to a bystander in Dr. King’s inner circle, King was “uncharacteristically nervous” that day – and

Law Student Podcast

Law Student Podcasts: Here’s what you’re missing

Even busy law students need entertainment sometimes. Don’t miss out on some really interesting discussions—be sure to check out the ABA Law Student Division podcast. Not only does it have new hosts, but the podcast also has new guests on unique topics. The most recent podcast featured an interview with Gen.

Korin Shachaf

How the lessons of giving back translate to the law

By LYNAE TUCKER Korin Shachaf, a 3L at Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Wash., found her niche in college thanks to her passion for horses. In September 2009, Shachaf joined the Central Washington University Equestrian Team and soon became a volunteer rescuing horses. “I moved away for the first time in life,

Gloria Allred

Gloria Allred: Follow your instincts from the start

I Wish I'd Known By GLORIA ALLRED Throughout my legal career I’ve taken what I’d call educated risks and followed my instincts. If I hadn’t done that, my life would have been very different. Early in my career, Judge Arthur Alarcon, for whom I clerked in law school, told me, “Gloria, you shouldn’t work

Mental Health

Mental health: Don’t be afraid to take care of yourself

By JOHN LOUROS We all deal with the stress of law school in different ways. Some students wear it as a badge of honor or consider it a rite of passage, some joke about it with their friends, and others quietly accept it. A surprising few, however, look at their mental

John Louros

LSD recognizes Louros as 'Star of the Division'

John Louros, a 3L at New York Law School, has been recognized by the ABA Law Student Division with the Star of the Division Award. The award recognizes an individual whose service, leadership, commitment, and hard work on behalf of law students across the country has far surpassed expectations and substantially

Law School Nation

Law School Nation: November/December 2016

CALIFORNIA Students at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law are now able to explore unique and interesting areas of law—such as sports and entertainment or mergers and acquisitions—with a slate of new, one-credit courses taught by adjunct professors who have real-world experience. Courses like “Representing Professional Athletes,” “Negotiating Hollywood Contracts,”

Experiential Learning

Why we need experiential training to ensure civility

Quick: What do you think of when people mention law school? Usually, two things come to mind: A lot of reading, and a lot of writing. Just as important, however, is the ability to communicate with all the stakeholders in a legal matter, everyone from clients to opposing counsel to judges. Also

Student Lawyer Magazine September October 2016

Student Lawyer magazine: September/October 2016

In the September/October 2016 of Student Lawyer, we look at the look of the Modern Lawyer – do you have to change your personal style to get hired? We'll also tell you how easy it is to not get hired, introduce you to five rock start student networkers, and bring

Times are changing, but whether you can showcase your personality with your dress, tattoos, piercings, and other ways to express yourself is still a judgment call.

Modern lawyer style: Must you conform to get a job?

By LYNAE TUCKER The hiring process can be unforgiving for law students with a nontraditional appearance. Have a tattoo? What about a piercing? Dramatic hair and vibrant clothing are also ways students express themselves. It’s tough for students who don’t look just like their peers to know how to navigate the

What not to do

Job hunting: What not to do

By ERIK BADIA The halls of law firms and legal offices across the country are littered with the gaffes and missteps of job candidates who looked so promising on paper but failed to deliver when it came to crunch time. Ask any hiring partner, legal recruiter, or human resources professional in


How 5 students rocked their networking skills

Networking. It’s a single word that can strike fear into the hearts of law students. From the moment you step onto campus as a first-year student, networking is championed by career services, experts, and scores of experienced lawyers. “Go out and mingle with some attorneys,” they say. “It’ll be fun,


The Power of Premium Membership

Last year, the ABA Law Student Division made a significant change as membership became free for all law students for the first time. This year, we’re offering something even better— a chance to upgrade to Premium for only $25 a year to enjoy exclusive benefits and discounts. “We’re excited to connect

Lynae Tucker plans for Assembly during the 2016 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Let’s get this academic year started

By LYNAE TUCKER Greetings and welcome back to the school year from Student Lawyer magazine. Let me introduce myself: I’m the magazine’s new student editor, and I’m here to continue the legacy of providing relevant and accurate advice to help you survive law school with a little less work. Let the magazine

Legal Writing

Don’t believe the rumors about legal writing

By WINDSOR ADAMS If you’re a first year student, chances are you’ve already heard rumors about Legal Writing. Every year, news spreads among entering students that the first-year legal writing course is something to be survived, a necessary but dreaded part of your required curriculum. Like many items that serve as

Annual Meeting

3 things you missed if you weren’t at annual

The lobby of the Marriott Marquis in the tenderloin district of San Francisco was a rotating door of suits and high heels in early August—and everyone was there for common goal—to come together for the ABA Annual Meeting. Meetings were held, business cards were exchanged and future hires just may have

Michael Dumas (right) introduces panelists for the TIPS (Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section) breakfast at the 2016 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

5 ways to maximize your ABA membership

By MICHAEL DUMAS 1. EXPLORE THE ABA’S SUBSTANTIVE SIDE. The ABA is home to more than 60 different practice, interest, and specialty groups. From litigation and business law to franchising and health law, there’s a home for you and your interests. While the Law Student Division marks the beginning point in

Lauryn Collier

Lauryn Collier 'plans' her way to success

By LYNAE TUCKER Lauryn Collier is a planner. In 2014, the third-year student at The Florida State University College of Law in Tallahassee launched her own company, New Palm Creations. The firm aims to be the first-of-its-kind fully functioning event planning and program management agency that offers all its services for