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By Heather Jarvis Heather Jarvis is an attorney, a student loan educator, and the founder of Married couples with student loans should also consider how marriage, family size, and tax filing status affect student loan payments. Here’s how you can begin talking about how student loan debt fits into your life and

Step Up and Get Involved

Vol. 42 No. 8 By Joseph Zeidner   Law Student Division Delegate Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University As the largest US law student association, the ABA Law Student Division is the national voice for law students to the legal community—it is your voice. It is also the place where you can develop

Four Things Every Student Loan Borrower Must Do

By Heather Jarvis. If you borrowed student loans to finance your legal education, you’ll need to make some decisions about your student loans soon after graduating. Follow these four steps to keep your payments affordable, protect your credit rating, and avoid paying too much. Give your loan servicers your new contact information.

Secret Lawyer: Becoming Her Own Venture Capitalist

Vol. 42 No. 8 By Leslie A. Gordon   LESLIE A. GORDON is a secret lawyer who has been working as a freelance legal affairs journalist for more than 10 years. When Kelly Boyd enrolled at the University of Chicago Law School, she had an open mind about professional possibilities. She loved law school and

In Brief: Thinking of hanging out a shingle? Practical tips on solo practice

If you’re thinking of opening your own practice after graduation, solo lawyer Branigan Robertson has some encouraging words for you—and some practical tips. Robertson started his firm right out of law school, in a difficult economy and with a contingency fee structure, and now has a thriving practice in plaintiff’s employment

I Wish I'd Know: How important the bar association is to career success.

Vol. 42 No. 8 By ABA President James Silkenat Although this will now sound like a cliché, I wish I had known in law school how vital the organized bar would be to my future. Serving as president of the American Bar Association, I get to see how the ABA helps young

Hidden in Plain Sight

Vol. 42 No. 8 By Nicole Israel   NICOLE ISRAEL is the student editor of Student Lawyer magazine. As a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Moldova, Judy Hale Reed found a calling that focused her life-long quest to improve the lives of women and children around the world. “I joined the Peace Corps

Internet Legal Service Providers: Practicing Law Without a License?

Vol. 42 No. 8 By Mary Dunnewold   Mary Dunnewold is a legal writing instructor at Hamline University School of Law. In your professional responsibility class, you will probably or did learn about unauthorized practice of law statutes. And you will probably get some guidance about what legal tasks you can and cannot perform

Taming Legal Information Overload

Vol. 42 No. 8 By Shawn G. Nevers   Shawn G. Nevers teaches legal research and is head of reference services and research instruction at the Howard W. Hunter Law Library at Brigham Young University. It happens every year. A student sits in my office and asks for a life jacket—figuratively, of course. They’re

Interview Attire - Spend Smart to Look the Part

By Erin Binns. Grab your wallet . . . it’s time to invest in your career. Qualifications and academic accomplishments alone don’t generate offers. You need to look the part, too. Legal employers value appearance and will judge you for it. If you opt not to wear a business suit to

Defeating the Dreaded Interview Questions

Vol. 42 No. 8 By Erin E. Rhinehart   Erin E. Rhinehart is a commercial litigation attorney with Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L. in Dayton, Ohio. Picture this: Tom, an eager 2L, scores an interview at a reputable mid-sized law firm for a summer associate position. This is it. This is the opportunity for

Law Student Complaining About Grades

When to Gripe About Grades

You know the feeling. You take an exam and walk away feeling fairly confident. Then when you get your grade, your first thought is confusion, perhaps even denial: “This can’t be right!” That series of events likely happens hundreds of times each year at law schools across the country. With the