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“Unbundling” in the New Legal Marketplace

March 25, 2015

Vol. 43 No. 7 By Pamela Bucy Pierson Pamela Bucy Pierson is the Bainbridge-Mims Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law. She thanks Henry A. Callaway, Hand Arendall LLC, based in Mobile, Alabama, and University of Alabama 3L Johnathan N. Wilhelm for their

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How to Survive Your First Year on the Job

March 16, 2015

You’ve landed your first job out of law school . . . congratulations! Now you’re all set to start working, but you may be a bit nervous about making a good impression as you launch your legal career. What can you do to start off on the right foot and

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Clerkship Confidential

March 15, 2015

Judges Reveal What It Takes To Get Inside Their Courtroom Student Lawyer sits down with five judges from the ABA Judicial Division to get their expert advice on landing a coveted judicial clerkship, making the most out of this opportunity once you're in their chambers, secrets to working well with judges,

Five Ways to Seize Every Opportunity

March 15, 2015

Access to the inner workings of any legal employer is a gift. Take full advantage of every opportunity you have to be inside an organization as a law clerk, volunteer, or intern. While there, arm yourself with curiosity and observe, inquire, and evaluate. The observations you make and the people

Common Sense in Letter-Writing

March 14, 2015

You’ll be judged by the letters you write—and the emails. That should come as no surprise. People will gauge your intellect, your care, your confidence, your poise, and your considerateness by your letters. Neglect the skill of letter-writing at your peril. Most law students, I’ve discovered in recent years, don’t know

Practice Courses

Which Practice-Ready Courses Should You Take?

March 13, 2015

Law students need to take courses that develop skills related to the daily practice of law, whether their legal careers will involve private clients, agencies, courtrooms, or corporations.

Stay True to Your Own Path

March 11, 2015

Vol. 43 No. 7 By Alison Monahan Alison Monahan is the creator of The Girl’s Guide to Law School, Law School Toolbox, Bar Exam Toolbox, and the legal careers site Trebuchet Legal. With these projects, she aims to demystify the law school and early legal career experience and help students stay true

Making an Impact Through Research

March 10, 2015

When Arin Reeves entered law school, she was interested in women’s rights and planned to prosecute sex crimes. But during her years at the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law, she grew increasingly interested in the social science aspect of law. When she graduated in 1996, she began

In Brief: What’s your favorite legal research platform?

March 09, 2015

Quick! What’s your favorite legal research platform? Chances are, at this point in your law school career, you do have that one favorite database—the one you just “get” how to use the most. That’s fine, and only natural, writes Ashley Ahlbrand, in a post called “Research refresher: What happened to Miss

Suffolk Law Hosts Roundtable on Ethical Dilemmas

March 07, 2015

Vol. 43 No. 7 By Nicole Israel Nicole Israel, a 4L evening student at New York Law School, is student editor of Student Lawyer. “What is the first ethical dilemma you encountered as a young lawyer?” This was the first question posed during a compelling roundtable on professional resposibility at Suffolk University Boston

The Uniform Bar Exam: An Idea Past Due?

March 06, 2015

Soon-to-be law school graduates are getting ready to gear up for the bar exam in just a few months, and younger law students are beginning to focus on what state or region they may want to practice in. While you do so, it’s important to note that the Uniform Bar

HOT ISSUE: Students: Get Up to Speed on Dispute Resolution

March 05, 2015

Vol. 43 No. 7 By Matthew Schorr Matthew Schorr is a 3L at Rutgers School of Law—Camden in New Jersey and president of the school’s Student Bar Association. Dispute resolution is a useful skill that you use everyday whether you realize it or not. The types of dispute resolution that are commonly recognized

EIGHTH CIRCUIT: Martha White Price: Serving the Legal Needs of Rural Communities

March 04, 2015

EIGHTH CIRCUIT: Martha White Price: Serving the Legal Needs of Rural Communities Vol. 43 No. 7 By Lauren E. Hill   Lauren E. Hill, a 3L at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, is Fifteenth Circuit lieutenant governor of communications and public relations for the ABA Law Student Division. Martha

FOURTEENTH CIRCUIT: Amy Brandt: Championing Workers’ Rights

March 03, 2015

Vol. 43 No. 7 By M. Blair James M. Blair James, a 3L at the University of Kentucky College of Law in Lexington, Kentucky, is the Sixth Circuit lieutenant governor of communications for the Law Student Division. Amy Brandt, a 3L at UC Hastings College of Law, is a rising star among workers’

Liaisons Roundtable

March 02, 2015

Vol. 43 No. 7 By Dia Kirby, Kim Williams, Adrian R. Peguese, and Jeronica Sledge —*Dia Kirby is a liaison to the ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law and a 3L at UC Davis School of Law.*Comments were derived from input from several members of the AHCD. —Kim Williams is

Breaking Down Legal Barriers for LGBT Youth

March 01, 2015

Vol. 43 No. 7 By Ryan Tilley Ryan Tilley is a 2L at Drexel University School of Law in Philadelphia. It’s no surprise Kara Ingelhart will be working in the LGBT movement following her graduation in May. Ingelhart, a 3L at the University of Chicago Law School, has long been fascinated with the

Chloes World: Representing the Law Student Division

March 01, 2015

Vol. 43 No. 7 Interview by Aaron Sohaski, Chair, ABA Law Student Division What does your role as law student representative to the ABA Board of Governors encompass? I like to think of the Board of Governors (BOG) as the United Nations of the ABA. There are 40 members of the BOG but each

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