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Networking

Networking tips for young legal professionals

June 14, 2018

Networking is actually a skill—one that you need to learn, practice, and use to your advantage. Here are my top tips for law students and young professionals in networking.

Bluebooking

Does Bluebooking matter? Some insight on how to cite

June 13, 2018

Providing authoritative support for assertions is a key component of legal writing. We learn to read and apply caselaw throughout our doctrinal classes. And 1L legal writing is dedicated to learning how to Bluebook. So does Bluebooking matter outside of law school? Absolutely.

LinkedIn

Ask the Hiring Attorney: Can I ask professors to connect on LinkedIn?

June 12, 2018

There are many reasons why you might want to connect with professors on LinkedIn, especially law professors. They tend to be well connected, especially within their technical fields. They could also provide you with LinkedIn recommendations or skills endorsements. It’s clear connecting with professors benefits you, but should you ask to connect?

Special Education

Diary of a part-time special education lawyer (podcast)

June 08, 2018

Being a lawyer can sometimes seem like an all-consuming profession, but for lawyers with external responsibilities, part-time practice is a good option. In this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, host Caitlin Peterson talks to Melissa Waugh about her experience as a mother to hyphenated kids and a part-time lawyer specializing in

Debt-free

Graduating from law school debt-free

June 07, 2018

“Law school” and “debt-free” may seem like an oxymoron these days. Mainstream media and law school admissions blogs alike are filled with stories of newly-minted lawyers who are hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt and without an income adequate to pay off that debt. But I am here to tell you that it is not only possible—but entirely attainable—to graduate law school without any (or with only minimal) student loan debt.

Los Angeles Incubator Consortium

The Los Angeles Incubator Consortium: Putting new attorneys into solo practice

June 05, 2018

Laura Dym Cohen is the Director, Street Law Clinic and Public Service Programs and Clinical Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California.  She has created and implemented a wide range of collaborative programs and initiatives in public interest, including the Los Angeles Incubator Consortium.

Bar Exam

Need help with bar exam prep? Give us 30 Minutes.

May 31, 2018

Studying for the bar exam is a marathon, not a sprint. To get you into condition to achieve your best performance, new lawyers who successfully prepared for and passed their bar exams will share tips on: • Study Schedule • Mindset and Attitude • Practice Tests • Exam Week • Exam Day https://youtu.be/ibON7QpQfocThe panelists

Survey

Help NALP, Center for Women in Law with this survey on career opportunities

May 30, 2018

NALP Foundation and the Center for Women in Law’s are looking for law students to participate in their latest research study that explores how career opportunities are shaped in law school.The survey addresses such topics as networking opportunities, departmental guidance, and study groups. The study seeks to determine whether there

Study Break

Prepping for the bar exam: It's more than just learning the law

May 30, 2018

Many recent law school graduates have just started studying for the bar exam. As someone who was in your shoes last year, I thought I’d share what I wish I’d done differently when studying for the bar exam and a couple things that I think I did well that I think everyone could benefit from knowing.

Diversity

5 ways law students can interrupt implicit bias

May 29, 2018

Let me tell you a story about implicit bias. In 2009, I married a man I met the first day of law school. He is white. I am black. In 2010, we moved to Chicago. By various measures, Chicago is the most segregated city in the United States. Specifically, for

Implicit Bias

Confronting implicit bias: What law firms can learn from Starbucks

May 29, 2018

Implicit bias is pervasive.  It is a consequence of our brains’ quest for efficiency.  Instead of laboring over every decision we need to make each day, our brains take shortcuts when making routine decisions.  For example, each time you stop at a red light you don’t contemplate what that means

Studies

Things to consider when planning to take law courses

May 24, 2018

Whether you’re becoming a full-time law student or simply getting ready to take night classes, law courses are a serious undertaking. It’s important to think carefully about and be prepared for the classes themselves, and there’s another whole range of concerns you may need to think about for

Stetson Competitions Champion

Meet the first-ever ABA Competitions Champion: Stetson University College of Law

May 23, 2018

The NCAA has its March Madness and its BCS National Championship. Now, for the first time, the American Bar Association has tallied the results from its four practical skills competitions for law students – and it's time to announce the first-ever ABA Competitions Champion.A total of 1,300 students at 156

Penn Central Transportation Co. v. New York City

Grand Central owner's takings argument sidetracked (Penn Central Transportation Co. v. New York City)

May 18, 2018

Local governments may act to protect sites with historical, cultural, or other significance by designating those places landmarks. In so doing, governments are able to preserve those properties for future generations, but landmark designations restrict the rights of property owners. The case of Penn Central Transportation Co. v. New York City, 438 U.S. 104 (1978), exemplifies this tension.

Choosing a Law School

3 key things to think about when choosing a law school

May 15, 2018

Future 1Ls, this one's for you! I thought I would share my thoughts on the factors rising law school students should consider when choosing a law school.*  I think there are three things that you should consider once you have made the choice to go to law school: finances, school

Resume Photo

Ask the Hiring Attorney: Can I put my photo on my resume?

May 14, 2018

Under international resume standards, photos are fine. Those international resumes (usually we call them CVs) also might include other personal information like marital status, number of children, age, nationality, and citizenship status. In the U.S., however, we don’t include any of that information on resumes.