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Entertainment, Sports, and More

ByDean S. Douglas Dean S. Douglas, a 3L at The Thomas M. Cooley Law School, is the 2012–13 Law Student Division liaison to the Forum Committee on Entertainment and Sports Industries. It’s another day of law school and one of the first things you might do is turn on the television to

The Pipleline Council Seeks to Increase Opportunities for Diverse Students

ByCarla Delpit Carla Delpit, a 3L at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, is the 2012–13 Law Student Division liaison to the Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline. Established in 2000 and housed within the ABA Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity, the ABA Council for Racial and Ethnic

Barry University's VITA Program Honored by Law Student Division

ByEileen M. Laux Eileen M. Laux, a 3L at Florida Coastal University School of Law, is student editor of Student Lawyer. Barry University has done it again, for the seventh time. Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program was honored by the Law Student Division

In Brief - Practice areas, job hunting, tips for 2Ls.

Trying to choose a practice area? Read the paper Maybe you’ve heard it’s a good idea to focus your legal studies so you can create a niche for yourself. But what if you’re not sure yet what type of law you’d like to practice? A post called “Law students—read the paper to

What Does It Mean to Be Entrepreneurial?

ByLeslie 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 Rana DiOrio graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in 1991, she joined the corporate securities team at a large San Francisco firm. A former pre-med major, she

I Wish I'd Known

  "Embrace change . . . and realize that you might be wrong. The world changes, and the rate of change seems to be increasing every day. In the 15 years since I graduated  law school, we’ve had a financial boom and massive collapse, one catastrophic terrorist attack and two wars, two

Boston College Student Wins on Jeopardy

ByEileen M. Laux Eileen M. Laux, a 3L at Florida Coastal School of Law, is student editor of Student Lawyer. Menchaca passed the test and then faced a live audition a few months later. The live audition consists of another, similarly timed test and a brief “play-through” of a mock version of

Lawyer Assistance Programs: Help Is on the Way

ByMary Dunnewold Mary Dunnewold is a legal writing instructor at Hamline University School of Law. But lawyering also has its dark side. Lawyers report higher rates of dependency issues, depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses than nonlawyers. The consequences of these sorts of problems are significant for the legal profession: harm to

Becoming a Cost-effective Researcher

ByShawn G. Nevers Shawn G. Nevers teaches legal research and is head of reference services at the Howard W. Hunter Law Library at Brigham Young University. Unfortunately, however, it’s easy to get through law school with little understanding of the real-world costs of legal research. As a law student, Westlaw and Lexis

Resourceful Grads Find Great Work

Erin Binns Erin Binns is director for career planning at Marquette University Law School. If you’re looking for stories that graduates aren’t getting legal jobs, hit the blogs. But I recommend instead considering what you can learn from the gainfully employed. Their stories don’t seem to populate the Internet to the same


Not a Cheater? Are You Sure?

Few things are certain. Death, taxes, and the fact that, after you read Robert FitzPatrick’s harrowing story, you will want to ensure you don’t experience the same trauma. FitzPatrick was accused of cheating while studying at The Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Auburn Hills, Michigan. “It was for a research and

Law School Clinics Provide Real-World Training

By Ed Finkel Ed Finkel is a freelance writer/editor in Evanston, Illinois. Clinic Serves the Community Walking across the stage to receive her diploma might be only the second-most memorable experience of Larisa Bowman’s graduation day from Stanford University Law School in 2009. Earlier that day, she had received a call from Juliet Brodie,

Find Some Time for Yourself, Your Family, and Your Community

ByAdena Leibman Adena Leibman, a 3L at Lewis & Clark Law School, is chair of the ABA Law Student Division. It’s hard to believe that it’s already the winter holiday season. Another semester is coming to a close, another round of finals is getting started, and another go at thrifty-yet-thoughtful-creative-gift-giving-on-a-law-student-budget is on