Your plan has always been to go to law school, study and work hard, get great grades, and land a solid legal job—the natural result of the careful execution of a good plan. But too many law students are learning the painful lesson of what
The best lawyers are those who are constantly open to growing, and sometimes that growth comes from unexpected sources.
Whether you want to work in BigLaw, in the public interest, in the court system, or somewhere else altogether, you’ll benefit from these pro tips on interviewing and networking.
I’m not the only person who’s ever been shocked by a law school grade. Many, many other lawyers have been similarly gobsmacked and were forced to figure out how to dust themselves off and learn from it.
Deena A. Maerowitz uses the advocacy skills she learned in law school and in practice every day. She just uses them outside the courtroom and on behalf of students. Maerowitz advises students and their families on the college and graduate school admissions processes, including those for law school, as a partner
Yael Krigman started baking in law school and had no idea it would lead to a new career. “When I started law school, I wasn’t thinking of baking,” said the founder of Baked by Yael, a bakery in Washington, D.C., known especially for its cakepops — which are lollipop-like sweets made
Growing up in the projects on the Lower East Side of New York City and watching her immigrant Chinese mother work in the garment industry’s sweatshops—even working alongside her at times— Villy Wang became determined to grow up and earn enough money that her mother wouldn’t have to work so hard. Wang achieved
An item that’s certainly on every law student’s to-do list is filling out your character and fitness application. But thank goodness you don’t have to worry about it until late in your law school career—maybe even after you graduate, depending on your state’s rules, right?
Sometimes, you just know. And for some in law school, what you know is that practicing law through a typical legal employer would never make your heart sing. At the same time, you know the value of a legal education, which is why you chose law school in the first
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
Compare Danielle Blevins and Shannon Kelly, who were polar opposites when it came to law review. Blevins believes her work as publicity and website editor for the Alabama Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review at the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa bolsters her credibility today in her
Nikki Johnson-Huston always wanted to get a master of business administration (MBA) degree, but her ultimate dream was a law degree. She didn’t think she could do both, so she opted for law school. One of the first things Johnson-Huston learned in law school was that her assumption was wrong. She
Law school is a social and cultural world unto itself. Like all societies and cultures, it has its own set of norms and rules. Understanding and employing proper etiquette will help you succeed. “We had an incident in a student’s first week at school,” recalled
Taking courses that will give you an edge in your (so-far) chosen specialty is just one smart way to choose electives.
Here is a sobering statistic: Almost 80 percent of 92 major US firms with a chief governing committee had two or fewer women on that committee, according to a 2012 survey by The American Lawyer. Forty-two percent said their committee had only one woman. Eight firms had nary a woman
Before you begin practicing, make sure your seemingly innocuous online chatter does not expose you to an ethics violation. No matter where you land after passing the bar, you will probably have some online involvement. Whether you have your own website, blog, Facebook page, or Twitter feed or contribute to those
Avoid being surprised to learn that you’ve broken your school’s rules—and are about to be disciplined.
Everyone struggles in something. What if your struggle is unraveling the concept of foreseeability in torts? Or the intricacies of personal jurisdiction in civil procedure? You are not alone—and help is available. Feeling Lost? Join the Club Deciding whether you need help in a class is difficult, perhaps even more so for
How great would it be to ask a practicing lawyer that difficult, maybe even intensely personal, question you have been struggling with and perhaps afraid to actually ask? Fear no more. Student Lawyer has gathered questions vexing students throughout the country and asked lawyers with a wide range of skills and
Rebecca A. Clark admits she was stunned into tears by a three-student panel discussion on handling family life during her law school orientation. “It was not a positive presentation,” says the 2008 graduate now employed at the Law Office of James B. Palmquist III in Medina, Ohio. “It was very dark,
Fear of failure is common for students preparing for the bar exam. Put that nervous energy to good use with smart bar exam preparation.
Many part-time students have opted for a reduced schedule because they have career, financial, or family obligations they cannot or do not want to put on hold while getting a law degree. Will attending law school part-time keep them from getting their dream job?
Blogging has proved to be a boon to lawyers when it comes to establishing their professional brand and expertise. Can it do the same for you? Lawyers who have jumped into the blogging waters say it has helped them build name recognition and solidify their reputations as experts in their fields.
Law students and lawyers reveal how they overcame substance abuse and mental illness and offer advice on answering bar application questions on these personal issues. Christopher Gutschenritter knew he had a drinking problem. But he worried that if he sought treatment, it might jeopardize the work he had already completed at
Law school is not for the financially faint of heart. But that does not mean you have to mire yourself in debt that will dictate your every move for years to come. With careful research, planning, and diligence, you can shrink both large and small school expenses—and even lay the