Thinking like a lawyer is important. Learning to practice like a lawyer is equally important. In point of fact, potential employers assume that law students will be taught to think like a lawyer.
In the 1970s, President Jimmy Carter hoped to establish a treaty with the People’s Republic of China. To facilitate that, President Carter unilaterally rescinded a defense treaty between the United States and Taiwan. A group of senators, including Senator Barry Goldwater, were incensed by the president’s action and filed suit.
For more than 20 years, Equal Justice Works has partnered with AmeriCorps to support thousands of legal fellows and law students who have made a lasting impact on communities across the country. This summer, you can join this network committed to equal justice by serving as an AmeriCorps JD member.
The moment #UBEWatch has been waiting for has arrived (well, one of them anyway). The Uniform Bar Exam now stretches from coast to coast! And we have Tennessee to thank for it.Today, Tennessee volunteered its entry as the 29th state accepting the UBE. That connects North Carolina
In 1993, Congress passed a federal gun-control measure known as the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. The act required background checks for anyone who wanted to purchase a firearm.
Today, most employers are allowing job candidates to submit their resumes electronically—whether by email or by uploading their application package into an online database. In many cases, employers require the candidate’s resume to be uploaded, but also allow candidates to attach other documents like a cover letter. So job candidates are asking themselves whether a cover letter that’s electronically delivered needs to be signed, just like a cover letter that’s mailed.
Congratulations to the University of Oklahoma College of Law team of Johanna Roberts, Jennifer Hartsell Puckett, and Colby Byrd, champions of the 2017-2018 National Appellate Advocacy Competition.The final rounds were held from April 5-7 in Washington, D.C.Photos from the competition are available on the ABA for Law Students Facebook page:
Barbara Grutter was a successful business owner with excellent academic credentials. In 1997, Grutter applied to the University of Michigan Law School. Grutter was ultimately rejected from the program. Grutter, who was white, argued that the denial amounted to racial discrimination.
Three years of blood, sweat, and tears in law school have led you this point – preparing to sit for the New York bar exam. Approximately 10,000 individuals brave the New York bar exam in July, and approximately 4,000 individual brave it in February. Once you know your location but before you start planning your post-bar vacation, get the following tips on your checklist.
By their very nature, autonomous vehicles were crafted to purposely battle the phenomenon of reckless or negligent driving; the underlying philosophy was built on the premise that a computer-based system is less likely to err than an absent-minded human behind the wheel. But exactly makes the autonomous vehicle less prone to such accidents?
Last week, two firms – Munger Tolles & Olson and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe – announced they would no longer require any employees, including summer associates, to sign mandatory arbitration agreements, according to an article by the ABA Journal.The article continued:A. Michael
In 1994, Congress enacted the Violence Against Women Act. In the two years leading up to the act’s passage, Congress had numerous hearings and made extensive factual findings that gender-motivated violence substantially affected interstate commerce.
Once again, 2017 data reveals that female enrollment in law schools has outpaced male enrollment. 2016 was the first year women made up the majority of law school attendees, and now 51.3% of women are attending in comparison to 48.7% of men. It is a significant achievement that women have caught up in terms of law school enrollment – for the second year in a row.
In 2014, a Survey of Law Student Well-Being found that nearly one in four of participating law students screened positive for anxiety and 17 percent screened positive for depression. Additionally, 6 percent reported thinking about suicide within in the last 12 months. One in five reported binge drinking twice in
Law students will be the first to tell you: law school is stressful. It’s competitive, expectations are high, and there’s a lot to do and only so many hours to do it. Now, stress can be a good thing sometimes. But too much stress—especially the long-lasting kind—is not so good. So what should you do?
Law students and lawyers experience much higher rates of depression, anxiety, stress, and alcoholism than the general public. These problems usually start, or escalate, in law school. Drs. Jeff Fortgang and Shawn Healy, two psychologists with Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Massachusetts, examined the various contributing factors, ways of recognizing distress, and suggestions for getting help and staying healthy in "The Full Weight of the Law: How Legal Professionals Can Recognize and Rebound from Depression."
This past Saturday evening (March 24, 2018), Ian Samuel leaked a proposed arbitration agreement that Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP was considering having summer associates sign. Samuel, lecturer at Harvard Law and co-host of the First Mondays podcast, was tipped off to the proposed
Students face countless issues and stressors as they transition both into law school and ultimately from law school into the profession. Some students will seek assistance when issues and pressures mount, while others will attempt to go it alone.In recognition of National Mental Health Day for law schools, this
This issue of Student Lawyer is dedicated to the idea of wellness—the proper balance of mental, physical, and emotional health.
Planning to attend the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. on Saturday? So are other law students. They will be meeting at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 4th Street at 11:30 a.m. You can sign up that you're coming via Facebook.
Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to prohibit federal and state governments from passing laws that substantially burden a person’s free exercise of religion. The act was intended to affect any law that substantially burdened religious practice, including generally applicable laws not targeted at religious activity.
The votes have been counted, and the law schools have spoken. Now, we'd like to introduce you to the next Chair, Negeen Sadeghi-Mohaved, and the next Law Student At-Large on the ABA Board of Governors for the ABA Law Student Division, Matthew Wallace.
I have no personal experience with this, but there are studies that have found that text message advertising is more effective than email campaigns. I hear that it works better because it is simple, fast, and won’t break the bank. However, the question lawyers must ask is whether text messaging
Most civil disputes settle or are resolved out of court, which creates space for more young lawyers and law students to pursue careers in alternative dispute resolution (ADR). There is also a need to increase opportunities for diverse lawyers to serve as neutrals and represent people in ADR processes. This article explores the barriers to inclusion for diverse attorneys in the legal profession and means to overcome them. It also discusses practical steps diverse young lawyers and law students can take to access opportunities in mediation practice. Discussions on these topics will continue during the Section on Dispute Resolution’s 20th Annual Spring Conference April 4-7 in Washington, DC.
It can be hard to maintain mental wellness as a law student because of established stigmas and a lack of available resources. But, because wellness helps with success, students are taking action to change how law schools approach this subject.In this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, host Caitlin Peterson talks to