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Summer Reading

Summer syllabus: Books to read before starting law school

June 12, 2019

Soon-to-be law students, this is your summer reading list. Okay, you don’t need to read all these books—with 30+ books, they’re probably too many for one summer anyway! But they are helpful, inspiring, and empowering picks all law students might consider.

Hilarie Bass

Former ABA President Hilarie Bass talks pro bono, wellness (podcast)

June 10, 2019

In this edition of the ABA Law Student Podcast, host Kris Butler sits down with Hilarie Bass to discuss her career highlights and advice for today’s law students. Together, they explore her chosen path and what led her to become president of the American Bar Association.

Bar Exam

Empire Prep: Tips for choosing between handwriting and typing the bar exam

June 06, 2019

Should you handwrite or type the Multistate Performance Tests (MPTs) and Multistate Essay Exams (MEEs) portions of the bar exam? Do the bar examiners grade the handwritten essays differently from typed essays? Maybe I can’t answer that second question for you, since grading can be

Mirror

Fragility or courage? The state of law students today

June 04, 2019

I had a conversation earlier this month with a former director of a state bar Lawyers Assistance Program. This person shared that during regular meetings with the LAP, administrators at law schools in the state often complained, “Students today are just so fragile.” But

Journal Notes

Journal write-on made simple—7 tips to keep in mind

May 23, 2019

For law students aspiring to be on a journal, the satisfaction of finishing 1L year is short-lived. Write-on is just around the corner. As soon as you’re about to regain your life and your sanity, the 3L board members hand you a packet and a deadline.

Prisoner

Who tells their story? Advocating for the wrongfully convicted

May 22, 2019

Sitting in the audience of Chicago’s crown jewel “Hamilton—the Musical," after my highly anticipated yet extremely delayed opportunity to see the show for the first time, I could not help but think about Derrick Shields, my client. As a central theme of the musical is the never-ending battle

LTN-Rabia Chaudry

Rabia Chaudry discusses the case of Adnan Syed (podcast)

May 19, 2019

The story of Adnan Syed has become one of the most famous criminal matters of recent American history. It’s been the subject of Serial, the most popular podcast of all time, an HBO mini-series, and a New York Times Bestseller. This meteoric

Texas Tech

Texas Tech wins 2018-2019 ABA Competitions Champion title

May 17, 2019

Texas Tech made its first NCAA Final Four appearance in basketball this April. By then, Texas Tech University School of Law had already done all it needed to do to win the crown of 2018-2019 ABA Competitions Champion. The Texas Tech law student teams made

Bar Study Loans

Avoiding an expensive bar study loan

May 13, 2019

Editor's note: This post has been updated to clarify a passage in the original version (5/16/19, 10:44 a.m. CDT). As the spring semester comes to a close, many 3Ls are investigating their bar study loan options. Borrowing one last loan to pay

Networking

Making the most of the YLD Spring Conference as a law student

April 29, 2019

The YLD Spring Conference is not your typical networking mixer. YLD members will be attending this conference from all over the country. To make the most out of attending the YLD Spring Conference, keep the following networking tips in mind.

Email Storm

When inboxes attack: How to prioritize your legal emails

April 18, 2019

Q: I dread looking at my phone in the morning. Every day I am inundated with emails, usually from offices in an earlier time zone. The emails often contain random requests that don’t seem as if they would take much time, but they end up blowing up my mornings. Sometimes partners want

Webinar Replay: So You Want to be an In House Counsel

April 15, 2019

Whether you’re a law student, young lawyer, or transitioning attorney, find out what it’s like to work as an In-House Counsel.

Night School

Why part-time law school still makes sense

April 11, 2019

My dad loves to remind me how he paid for his education.  He scrubbed toilets during college and worked as a punch card programmer to pay for law school.  He is making a point about hard work, but all I can hear is how great things used

AmandaPanda Comics

Floating down the spring semester slide

April 10, 2019

We all fail down here. The latest AmandaPanda comic that captures the joy of reaching Spring Break—until you see what’s waiting at the bottom. This comic originally appeared on the