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What Student Loan Borrowers Need to Know About Mortgages

Vol. 42 No. 6 ByHeather Jarvis   Heather Jarvis is an attorney and student loan educator and is the founder of 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

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

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

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

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.

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

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?

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

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 Really Value

Vol. 42 No. 6 ByErin Binns   Erin Binns is director of career planning at Marquette University Law School. 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