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Drake Law School

Drake wins 2018 ABA Law Student Division Arbitration Competition

January 22, 2018

Drake University Law School won the 2018 ABA Law Student Division National Arbitration Competition on Saturday, Jan. 20 at ABA Headquarters in Chicago. This year's topic was intellectual property and trade secrets.For photos from the competition, visit our Facebook page, ABA for Law Students. Here is the complete

Quimbee Cohen v California

F*ck, your rights to free speech (Cohen v. California)

January 19, 2018

This is the latest in a series of Quimbee.com case brief videos. Have you signed up for your Quimbee membership? The American Bar Association offers three months of Quimbee study aids (a $72 value) for law student members. And if you go Premium, you’ll receive Quimbee Legal Ethics Outline (a

Innovation

NextGen Fellowship: A new kind of good

January 18, 2018

I am not alone at the ABA Center for Innovation. I am privileged to work alongside some incredibly talented fellows from all over the U.S. They are responsible for a diverse set of projects, in fields including digital privacy, conversational interfaces, machine learning, and blockchain. All our projects are designed to help close the access to justice gap.

Knitting

Knitting – it's a law school hobby that will stick with you

January 17, 2018

There are countless law school survival guides filled with good advice for making it through with a minimum of stress. They tend to repeat the same ideas – treat school like a job, get enough sleep, keep exercising. Those are all well and good, but I’d like to add an unexpected

Saying NO

Sometimes saying no to more work is the right thing to do

January 16, 2018

Q: I have been told that I should try not turn down work, but I have also been told not to take on too much work. I am not sure when I should say, “no.” Do you have any suggestions about when and how I should decline work? A: You are

Private vs. Public Practice

Private practice vs. public service: A cost-benefit analysis

January 15, 2018

For many law students, there is a point during the final year of their studies that they find themselves presented with a monumental decision: whether to pursue a career in the governmental or public service sector, or attempt to break into private practice law firms. Again, this choice isn’t necessarily

#DoYouABA on Jan. 23 to win with the Law Student Division

January 11, 2018

Do you want a chance to win a Platinum Quimbee Membership ($500 value)? Gather your favorite ABA memories, posts, pictures, articles, blogs, etc. and share them on Facebook or Twitter on January 23, 2018. Make sure your post is public and includes the hashtag #DoYouABA! If

Reacting to Grades

What to do about mediocre first-semester law school grades

January 11, 2018

If you just received your first-semester grades and are wondering whether you’re going to survive law school, I’m sympathetic. I’ve been in your position. My first-semester law school grades were my lowest. They weren’t terrible, but they weren’t what I wanted or expected from myself either.And I’ve done what you

2017 Year in Review

Measuring a year: Before the Bar's top posts of 2017

January 10, 2018

We're a week into 2018 already – time flies when you're trying to escape the weirdness that was 2017!Look at the top news stories on the ABA Journal's recap of last year and you'll find a lot of Donald Trump tales – James Comey's firing, the travel ban, his

Legal-Tech-2

Legal technology you should know

January 10, 2018

To be an effective lawyer today means something quite different from what it meant even as recently as 10 years ago. Today technology plays an outsized role in our lives. Our cellphones have become inextricably linked to each one of us. In fact, the very term cellphone has become a

Quimbee-Planned Parenthood v. Casey

Justices adjust the Roe v. Wade framework (Planned Parenthood v. Casey)

January 05, 2018

This is the latest in a series of Quimbee.com case brief videos. Have you signed up for your Quimbee membership? The American Bar Association offers three months of Quimbee study aids (a $72 value) for law student members. And if you go Premium, you’ll receive Quimbee Legal Ethics Outline (a

Fellowships

Your new year deadline reminder: Don't miss out on those fellowships!

January 04, 2018

While we were enjoying the holidays, we noticed a flurry of announcements and reminders about applying for fellowships bouncing around Twitter. Here's a sampling:ABA Section of Litigation Judicial Intern Opportunity Program Deadline: Jan. 8 About: "The program is a full-time (32 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship

BYU-podcast

Serving the underserved: BYU’s Immigration Clinic

January 03, 2018

The rhetoric of the Trump administration has brought a lot of attention to the topic of immigration and refugees. In this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, host John Weber talks to Carl Hernandez about the immigration clinic at Brigham Young University.Their clinic is managed mainly by students and

Quimbee-Nixon v. United States

Didja hear about the Nixon who was impeached? (Nixon v. United States)

December 22, 2017

This is the latest in a series of Quimbee.com case brief videos. Have you signed up for your Quimbee membership? The American Bar Association offers three months of Quimbee study aids (a $72 value) for law student members. And if you go Premium, you’ll receive Quimbee Legal Ethics Outline (a $29 value)

Law Student Gift Guide

The 2017 Last-Minute BTB Law Student Gift Guide

December 20, 2017

With less than a week to go until Christmas and with Hanukkah wrapping up its eight-day long festivities, law students are heading home for the holiday season to spend time with family and loved ones. When asked what gifts they’d like, students’ responses usually consist of a good night’s sleep

FACLC

FACLC staff on a multilingual mission to help families, children

December 20, 2017

The Family and Children's Law Center of the San Francisco Bay Area is a unique non-profit family law practice run completely by female attorneys. Kris Fowler Cirby serves as the executive director of the office, and Abby Frost Lucha, Gabrielle Gaetani, and Kristine Guerra serve as staff attorneys.

Immigration Law

What a 'dirty immigration lawyer' does for clients

December 19, 2017

On October 12, Attorney General Jeff Sessions had this to say to Congress: “We also have dirty immigration lawyers who are encouraging their otherwise unlawfully present clients to make false claims of asylum providing them with the magic words needed to trigger the credible fear process.”-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, 

Personal Injury

Should law students consider becoming personal injury lawyers?

December 18, 2017

Back in 1995, when I graduated from law school, the common approach to finding a job after law school went something like this:Examine job board.  Submit resume. Wait for requests for interviews from participating law firms.  Attend numerous interviews.  Receive several job offers.  Select future career path from among those

In-House Attorney

Is an in-house counsel job right for you? A guide for law grads

December 18, 2017

The decision to work as an in-house or private practice attorney is a difficult one to make, and making it does not make the path to that in-house job any easier. With that in mind, before making the decision, you need to do your homework. This article will help you explore the differences between in-house and private practice. If you decide in-house practice is for you, it will also help you understand how to prepare yourself and your resume for that job hunt.

Banned Laptop

Banning laptops is not the solution to better learning

December 13, 2017

Devices like cell phones, tablets, and laptops can be distracting. When students have access to these devices in the classroom it means that, instead of paying attention to what is going on in class, they might text, snap, tweet, or surf. The distraction can cause collateral damage in