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Diversity-Podcast

Looking for real changes for real diversity in the legal world (podcast)

February 14, 2019

What unique challenges to people of color face in the legal profession and what can be done to effectively address these issues? In this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, host Kristoffer Butler talks to Jerome Crawford and Tiffany Buckley-Norwood about how the legal profession can become more welcoming for

Loan Types

Are Graduate PLUS Loans the best way to borrow for law school?

February 13, 2019

There is a great debate in the legal and financial aid community.  Is it a good idea to borrow money for law school?  How much is too much?  When is law school a mistake? To be clear, this analysis is critical and should be considered by any perspective law

Social Media

Make social media part of your personal brand (and make it look easy)

February 12, 2019

Are you on Twitter? (If the answer is no, WHY NOT? So much fun). A ton of people might think “lawyers on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram…doesn’t seem like a good match, tbh.” That’s probably because they’re thinking about the SUPER stereotypically bad lawyer social media ads,

Uniform Bar Exam

It's official—Texas adopts the Uniform Bar Exam

February 05, 2019

A short time ago, we provisionally put Texas on the map of Uniform Bar Exam states after their supreme court accepted the recommendations of their UBE task force. Today, we can say for sure that Texas will administer the Uniform Bar Exam beginning in 2021.

Law Firm

How to be a practicing attorney: Advice from a law firm founder

February 01, 2019

Sean M. Cleary is a Miami based personal injury attorney and the founder and president of The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary, which opened in 2005.  Here, he answers a few common questions about practicing law and shares a few insights for future attorneys.

Student Lawyer: The Justice For All issue

January 31, 2019

On the heels of the 2018 midterm elections in the United States, Americans have demonstrated an ideological shift in the way previously-incarcerated individuals are treated, as well as a reevaluation of which activities constitute a crime. This issue of Student Lawyer examines how Americans are reevaluating what justice means in

Finding your dream job

Discovering your dream job while in law school

January 29, 2019

Admittedly, before I enrolled in law school, I shared the view of many lay people of what lawyers do for work: That is, they go to the courtroom and argue for their clients. It did not take long to realize how skewed that view of the legal profession

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law

SMU Dedman wins 2019 ABA Law Student Division Arbitration Competition

January 28, 2019

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law won the 2019 ABA Law Student Division National Arbitration Competition on Saturday, Jan. 26 at ABA Headquarters in Chicago. This year's topic was personal injury law. For photos from the competition, visit our Facebook

Uniform Bar Exam Michigan

The Uniform Bar Exam: Is it coming to Michigan anytime soon?

January 23, 2019

Before the Bar has done a great job keeping the law student universe aware of progress among states in adopting the Uniform Bar Examination.  An August 15, 2018 post reporting Ohio’s adoption, “What’s round on the end and high in the middle? The UBE in Ohio

First-Job

How to stand out when applying for your first job out of law school

January 22, 2019

After completing law school, it can be challenging to find a job. It can be difficult to know where to begin looking, not to mention how tedious it is to send dozens of applications to potential employers. However, it is essential to understand that there are ways you

Europe

Studying abroad: Tips for law students looking to go international

January 17, 2019

As undergrads, how many of us wanted to or in fact took a study abroad course for the experience? The classes may not have mattered as much as where we were going and what that place had to offer. However, at the graduate school level and in law school in particular, we

Choices

How to pick your area of legal practice

January 16, 2019

There comes a time when you must decide on an area of legal practice you want to pursue. Whether you had an inkling of what you wanted to practice when you went into law school or are now deciding while taking your law courses, here are a few

Seinfeld

A law blog about nothing: Meet SeinfeldLaw

January 14, 2019

Turns out that the show about nothing has a lot to say about the law. SeinfeldLaw is a blog that breaks down the law through the medium of Seinfeld and Seinfeld through the medium of the law.

Sticking to a budget: One small step for a law student

January 11, 2019

Want to get your student loans paid off faster?  Would you like to retire a bit earlier? What if I told you there was an easy step you could take right now that would help you accomplish those goals? These questions may sound like the beginning

HNBA conference's Law Student and Young Lawyer CLE Track offers valuable skills

January 10, 2019

Law schools have traditionally focused on teaching law students about the theory and doctrine of the law.  However, with the higher demands and expectations of new associates, it is imperative to learn skills not traditionally taught in law school.  Anyone performing an online search will find numerous articles

Take a Number

Navigating the law school waitlist

January 04, 2019

As people start hearing back from law schools, there is much celebration and often some disappointment. However, there is also a third possibility that not much is written on — being waitlisted.  I was waitlisted at nine (you read that correctly) law schools, including eight in the top

Networking

OCIs and more: A tongue-in-cheek look at the legal job search

January 03, 2019

Besides finals, cold-calls, and the ever-present need to “keep it together,” a universal and timeless woe for most law students is the search and obtaining of employment. But, fear not fellow law students! Opportunity is everywhere.

Public-Interest

Law students speak: Why I do public interest work

January 01, 2019

Nine students who’ve devoted part of their law school career to public interest opportunities explain why they chose the path they’ve taken, along with the most satisfying—and most challenging—aspects of their efforts.