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Last-minute tips for how to excel on law school essay exams

October 15, 2021

Knowing how to take a law school exam can be just as important as knowing the material that will be tested. Here are some last-minute study tips for essay exams in law school. Join our law school expert, Heather Buck from JD

Discussing what well-being in law school—and moving into practice—means for law students

October 07, 2021

Each year the ABA Law Student Division and the ABA CoLAP Law School Committee partner on the national Mental Health Day Program. This initiative is intended to spotlight the critical importance of our own well-being, and specific strategies to protect our well-being in law school and in

Legal Writing Success

How to ace legal writing

September 30, 2021

As the new academic year gets underway, you may be among the 1L students who are quickly adapting to the long reading assignments and the late nights of case work. You may also be adjusting to your first legal writing course, where you’re expected to learn to research

Law Student Podcast

Career shift: How Krystal Williams pivoted from business to law (podcast)

September 29, 2021

Meg Steenburgh welcomes Krystal Williams to discuss her unconventional path to law. After many years as a business professional, Krystal’s hunger for learning led her to shift her sights to law. She shares some of her experiences as an older student and discusses where her legal career has

Making an Outline

5 tips to get you started on writing law school outlines

September 13, 2021

One of the most important tools for studying for exams in law school is the outline. Our law school expert, Heather Buck from JD Advising, provided strategies for outlining and a step-by-step process for creating your outline in a recent Virtual Office Hours session with the

Exam Desks

The bar exam: Catching up on the conversation

August 30, 2021

If you’re considering applying to law school, or in your 1L year, you may have only vague understandings about what the bar exam is. I know I did. Maybe you’ve seen some of the recent pieces arguing about how it should be changed or abolished. It’s like

Impostor Syndrome

The real deal on impostor syndrome? You belong here

August 26, 2021

This week I've received messages from law students who just started their summer legal internships. What's keeping them up at night?  Impostor syndrome.  So, let's talk about it.  Where did this come from? I am no

First Generation Law Students

How to overcome challenges as a first-generation law student

August 25, 2021

First generation law students face a unique set of challenges. They are often navigating graduate school completely on their own without the network or support of some of their peers. Here, we acknowledge many of those demands and offer advice on how to overcome them to ensure that your law school experience is a fulfilling and successful endeavor.

Jill Wine-Banks

Looking back at the career of Jill Wine-Banks with the Law Student Podcast

August 23, 2021

In addition to her impressive legal experience in politics, military, private practice, journalism, and more, Jill Wine-Banks has also been a woman of many firsts throughout her legal career. Tune in with ABA Law Student Podcast host Meg Steenburgh for an in-depth interview with Jill about her many

Pandemic Legal Issues

Demystifying the hot legal topics of the pandemic with the Law Student Podcast

August 10, 2021

From the FDA’s emergency use authorization of vaccines, to federalism concerns, to employee/employer relationships, to schools, and much more—legal issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to crop up at a rapid pace. To help law students make sense of these evolving matters, Meg Steenburgh welcomes Harvard Law

2021 impact of student loans on attorneys (cover page)

Impact of Student Loans on Attorneys (Infographic)

July 28, 2021

In 2021, the ABA Young Lawyers Division and AccessLex did a follow-up survey to a 2020 survey on student loans. Full details and report on the new survey will be available soon to ambar.org/debt.

How to Become a Personal Injury Lawyer

How to become a personal injury lawyer

July 15, 2021

As a personal injury lawyer, you’ll focus your law practice on cases related to physical and psychological injury. Typically, this involves car accidents with drunk or otherwise negligent drivers. You’ll work to protect client’s rights and ensure they receive a fair settlement from insurance companies to compensate

Law School Prep

The summer before 1L: Here's the secret to law school prep

July 08, 2021

Like clockwork, each year’s newly admitted law students ask the Internet, “What can I do to prepare for law school?”  You may be asking the same question.  You may have already heard the most popular answer—“Nothing!”—and continued asking around, just to be sure.  If that search has led you here, well, I have a

Professional Development

Engage in the future: What’s on the horizon for professional development?

July 06, 2021

As law students consider various pathways for their legal careers, regardless of where they end up, they will actively pursue, participate in, benefit from, and further develop as an attorney through professional development.  For many, professional development (PD) is the means through which law students can actively guide their career paths, starting in

Time Management Guide for Law Students

Time Management Guide for Law Students

June 30, 2021

Law students are not typically taught time management and productivity skills.  Even students that are skilled in these areas in classroom settings do not yet have the time management skills required for legal practice.  Falling short in this area impacts their ability to be effective not only in law school, but in

MPRE Tips

Model for success: 10 quick MPRE tips

June 29, 2021

While many students often choose to underestimate the MPRE, the test can pose its own challenges and pitfalls to the uninitiated. The MPRE is designed to measure the knowledge and understanding of established standards related to a lawyer's professional conduct. So, it is important to understand and appreciate the structure, format, and

Mental Health Podcast

The Law Student Podcast talks mental health in the legal profession

June 21, 2021

Mental health problems have long been a prevalent issue amongst both law students and practicing lawyers, but have things gotten better as the profession has sought to increase awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding these concerns? Meg Steenburgh welcomes Patrick Krill for a broad discussion on legal field