Unlike the popular perception, lawyers have always been willing to help others. The pandemic is just the latest example. This issue of Student Lawyer Magazine looks at the summer of change for all its beauty.
On March 15, 1933, Celia Bader gave birth to Ruth Bader in Brooklyn, New York. This little Brooklyn girl, born only 13 years after women won the right to vote, would become a symbol of American Democracy, a bulwark against encroachments on civil rights.
Interested in serving as a liaison? Know someone that may be interested? The Law Student Division has a few open liaison positions. The ABA student liaison program immerses students into ABA leadership by placing them in ABA entities. There’s no better way to make connections with experienced
Legal writing, analysis and research are the most critical lawyering skills taught in the law school. It’s as hard as it is important. We’re here to help! Join us for tips that will help strengthen your legal writing skills and impress your professors. Our first
There are many steps that aspiring lawyers must take before being admitted to a state bar. While many individuals are familiar with the bar exam that lawyers are often required to take, there are other critical aspects of the application process that could affect the likelihood of being
I blogged about Indiana’s bar exam in January. At the time, Indiana’s Supreme Court had been presented with a recommendation to adopt the Uniform Bar Exam,
As a self-designated “student ambassador” for my law school, I take a lot of calls from anxious incoming students. Here’s what I’ve realized: I don’t envy any of these new students. 1L year is already a challenging experience; adding a global pandemic to the mix only ratchets up
Several innovative new part-time J.D. programs have expanded distance-learning options for working professionals and parents. In addition to the new weekend-based programs at at Loyola University Chicago School of Law,
As legal education continues to evolve, several law schools have altered their part-time JD programs to expand access for working students and parents. Among the most innovative new programs are those at Loyola University Chicago School
As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to plague our communities, the legal community has been working tirelessly and desperately to meet the unrelenting demand to mitigate legal issues within the public health, environmental, and economic spheres. The pandemic has affected everyone, forcing people to remain
I’m not one to keep tabs open on my computer, but in the summer before my 1L year, I had about 20. Public speaking practice, law school strategies, study aids, books, advice on making friends with teachers and self-help—even potential spa offers. Searching for the right spa can
After completing my first-year in law school, none of my courses were as demanding and rewarding as Lawyering and Legal Reasoning—better known as LLR. Any rising 2L, 3L, or even 1L in their second semester will tell you the significance of LLR. After all, since law students are
Lawyers do exceptional things every day. For many, that continued, even increased, during the pandemic. Throughout the country, lawyers mobilized to support their communities and, through their efforts, demonstrated their commitment to service and their community. Here are snapshots of how lawyers have changed lives with their volunteer work during the pandemic.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, it’s a sure thing that every law student in the country now knows what “diploma privilege” is even if they never heard of it before. As if this year hasn’t been hard enough, 2020 graduates and bar exam retakers are now also dealing
When news pundits and politicians criticize remote learning as an “across-the-board disaster,” I bristle. I have a different take: introverted, shy, and socially anxious law students can thrive in remote law classrooms. As an introverted professor, I’m completely pumped to start teaching my new cohort of 1Ls next week—fully online.
Law students often ask, “how do I know what kind of lawyer I want to be?” Or they see classmates who seem to have career paths charted and planned, and assume that everyone else has “figured it all out.” But the truth is that many law students, even
There’s no dancing around it: debt and loans are an anchor on law students and young lawyers. To put a visual to the daunting numbers that we all know in checking our own loan servicing accounts, one place we can look is the
Yesterday, we informed you that Kentucky had just adopted the Uniform Bar Exam. But we hadn't realized that we were two months overdue for other #UBEWatch news. Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School law prof emeritus (and friend of the blog)
“The lawyers I’ve talked to said I have to choose a path and stick to it!” “Everyone else seems to know exactly what they want to do, but I don’t have a clue.” “My professor told me I need to
This has not been a good year for news about the bar exam. And the past 30 days has been an especially bad month for those of you following this topic. Three weeks ago, Michigan's online bar exam was
On August 4, 2020, the American Bar Association’s (ABA) House of Delegates adopted Resolution 10G, by a 256-146 vote, during its first-ever virtual
When I began my first year of law school, or 1L year, I was a single parent, and this status meant that I was going to spend all three years of law school as a “PL”, or “Parenting Law Student.” My long days included
ABA urges Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) to prioritize the development of a national strategy for bar examinations and lawyer licensing for the thousands of men and women graduating law school during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If Maya Angelou died at age 20, she would’ve died a prostitute and single mom. If Malcom X died at age 20, he would have died as Detroit Red—a woman beater and drug addict. If Robert Downey Jr. died at age 37, he would have died a repeat
Recently, professors William Baude and Adam Chilton of the University of Chicago Law wrote a series of blog posts providing advice to prospective law professors on their blog, Summary, Judgment. The advice broke