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Goldwater v. Carter

Justices phrase their answer in the form of a question (Goldwater v. Carter)

April 20, 2018

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 To facilitate that, President Carter unilaterally rescinded a defense treaty between the United States and Taiwan.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.

AmeriCorps JD

Spend the summer in public service with AmeriCorps JD

April 19, 2018

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.

Uniform Bar Exam

The UBE, from sea to shining Tennessee

April 18, 2018

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

Signatures

Ask The Hiring Attorney: Do I have to sign a cover letter that’s electronically delivered?

April 12, 2018

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.

University of Oklahoma College of Law

NAAC champs: Oklahoma wins 2018 National Appellate Advocacy Competition

April 10, 2018

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:

Grutter v. Bollinger

Promoting diversity? It's Constitutional! (Grutter v. Bollinger)

April 06, 2018

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.

New York Bar Exam

Empire prep: Tips for taking the New York bar exam

April 05, 2018

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.

Robot-Driver

Are autonomous vehicles really safer than humans?

April 04, 2018

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?

Women Graduates

Where women go (and don't go) to law school, 2018

March 30, 2018

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.

MOLAP

Mizzou law student brings greater awareness to mental health, substance recovery

March 29, 2018

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-School-Stress

How to deal with law school stress in healthy ways

March 28, 2018

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?

Full Weight of the Law

Learn how to deal with the Full Weight of the Law, starting in law school

March 27, 2018

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."

Twitter-Wellness

Join us for a Twitter chat on Law Student Wellness on Mental Health Day

March 26, 2018

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

March-for-our-Lives

Meet up with law students at March for Our Lives

March 23, 2018

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.

Quimbee City of Boerne v. Flores

Religious Freedom Restoration Act sins against the Fourteenth (City of Boerne v. Flore)

March 23, 2018

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.

Negeen and Matthew

Meet your next ABA Law Student Division officers: Chair, BOG rep

March 23, 2018

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.

Phone-Ad

Can text message ads bring you more clients – or more problems?

March 21, 2018

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

Diverse Professionals

'Diverse neutrals' in dispute resolution and ABA 113's impact on young lawyers and law students

March 20, 2018

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.

Mental Health Podcast

Maintaining Mental Health at Law School – a Law Student Podcast

March 19, 2018

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