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What Student Loan Borrowers Need to Know About Mortgages

February 01, 2014

Vol. 42 No. 6 ByHeather Jarvis   Heather Jarvis is an attorney and student loan educator and is the founder of askheatherjarvis.com. Getting a mortgage isn’t as simple as it once was. This article provides tips for student loan borrowers considering mortgages. Begin by making sure that everything on your credit report is accurate

Diversity—A Mind Set, Not a Talking Point

February 01, 2014

ByMichael Perez Michael Perez, George Washington University Law School, Division Delegate Our legal system is tasked with the responsibilities of promoting fundamental fairness and equitably administering justice. In order to effectively pursue and fulfill these obligations, the legal profession must necessarily, and adequately, reflect the diversity of the population it serves. This

Making an Impact in Your Local Community

February 01, 2014

Vol. 42 No. 6 ByJocelyn R. Mitnaul   Jocelyn R. Mitnaul, a 3L at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the 2013–2014 Law Student Division liaison to the Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence. The ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence seeks to increase access to justice for victims of

Secret Lawyer

February 01, 2014

Vol. 42 No. 6 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. In her first career, Anna Gil was an academic research scientist specializing in molecular biology. She later decided to apply her science background to the

In Brief: See you next fall, 3Ls?

February 01, 2014

Vol. 42 No. 6 See you next fall, 3Ls? Many people—including President Obama—have recently been calling for law school to be shortened to two years. But one professor, Edward A. Zelinsky of Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, thinks they’ve got it all wrong. In a post called “Add a fourth

Choosing the path to happiness isn’t the risky choice.

February 01, 2014

Vol. 42 No. 6 ByMark Harris   Mark Harris is the Founder and CEO of Axiom, a 1,000-person new-model legal services firm serving nearly half of the Fortune 100 across eleven offices and four delivery centers globally. Axiom is the world’s largest non-traditional provider of legal services and is the recognized leader in

Fighting for the Little City

February 01, 2014

Vol. 42 No. 6 ByBarry Malone Barry Malone is the editor of Student Lawyer. A lot of people go to law school with aspirations to stand up for the little guy. Bailey Standish is one of them. Her little guy, however, is the City of Aurora, Illinois. Standish, a 3L at Northern Illinois University

Mandatory Pro Bono: Is It Right for Law Students?

February 01, 2014

Vol. 42 No. 6 ByMary Dunnewold   Mary Dunnewold is a legal writing instructor at Hamline University School of Law. Recently, New York became the first state to mandate completion of pro bono work as a condition for bar admission. Under the new rule, New York bar applicants must perform 50 hours of pro

Local Ordinances: The Often Overlooked Laws

February 01, 2014

Vol. 42 No. 6 ByShawn 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. Quarterbacks. Wide receivers. Running backs. They get all the hype. Offensive linemen? Not so much. And, while it defies logic

What employers value in law students.

What Employers Really Value

February 01, 2014

By Erin Binns. Grades—they don’t matter as much as you think they do. Despite all the hype (especially at this time of year for 1Ls) most employers don’t rely exclusively or even heavily on academic achievement when making hiring decisions. Yes, some employers are persnickety about grades and use class rank

Coming Storm or Safe Harbor: Managing Your Finances Is the Key

February 01, 2014

Vol. 42 No. 6 ByKaren Schwartz   Karen Schwartz is a freelance writer in Chicago. Law students must watch every penny they spend. With careful budgeting, prioritizing, and discipline, they can meet their responsibilities and develop solid financial habits that will guide them throughout their legal careers. Even if you’ve had to take out loans to

Networking Doesn’t Have to Be Painful

February 01, 2014

By the TYL Editorial Board The most commonly given job-hunting advice is to get out there and network. If there is something that intimidates law students more than the first experience with the Socratic Method, it’s probably networking. Does this sound like you? Rest easy. It isn’t just you. It isn’t