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Choosing a Legal Field

How to select your legal specialty

December 17, 2021

As a law student, you may already know precisely which field of law you’d like to practice. However, if you’re interested in studying law but don’t yet know which legal specialty you’d like to pursue, you’re not alone. Is it better to practice a

How to Write an Op-Ed

How to write an op-ed for law students

December 15, 2021

As a law student who has successfully published an op-ed in my local newspaper, I want to share some strategies that I found successful. With the assistance of my professor (who co-authored this guide) and other professionals in my network, I

GAME Etiquette

Be on your GAME: Etiquette tips for law students

December 13, 2021

The first recorded etiquette rules are traced to 2400 B.C., and many are still important today in the practice of law. So it goes without question that law students should learn, hone, and abide by basic etiquette guidelines. To narrow down the long list of rules, here are four main categories to

1Ls You Belong Here

Dear 1Ls: You belong here

December 09, 2021

In the months leading up to my 1L year, it seemed like everyone in my life had opinions about the “best” way to approach law school. Some of that advice was truly terrible. But there were a few “golden nuggets” that shaped my 1L experience. I loved

Getting a Clerkship

A pathway to a clerkship for diverse applicants: My story

December 08, 2021

I am a first-generation lawyer. I am also an immigrant and a minority entering the legal profession. I didn’t have the connections coming into law school that folks often lean on to help further their clerkship applications. In my 2L year, I sent out over a 100 applications

Law Student Gift Guide

The ABA Law Student Gift Guide

December 07, 2021

Maybe, in the last month, you've asked the special law student in your life what they would like for the holidays. So, Student Lawyer thought we'd ask some of our students what they'd like in their stockings this year. Coffee This was the overwhelming winner

The New World of Careers

Student Lawyer: A whole new world for legal careers

December 06, 2021

Today, there’s a greater opportunity than at any point in the last 100 years to reinvent the idea of work—namely, where, when, and how people choose to make a living. The legal profession is no exception. So be prepared to tailor your job applications to new standards, set

Job Hunt

The post-COVID-19 world of job hunting

December 01, 2021

Today, there’s a greater opportunity than at any point in the last 100 years to reinvent the idea of work—namely, where, when, and how people choose to make a living. No longer bound to a desk or relegated to eight-hour days, the promise of more flexibility for workers

Find your niche in a nontraditional legal career

December 01, 2021

One benefit of a law degree is its versatility. But because of that, if you don’t have your heart set on an area of practice, you get overwhelmed by the array of options before you. How do you find your niche? Here’s how to begin

Gratitude for law students: "Issue spotting" for the good in your life

November 23, 2021

Thanksgiving and the winter holidays are approaching, but with final exams on the horizon, you might be feeling anything but grateful. The idea of taking time off to fly or drive home to cook and “enjoy” a long meal with family—particularly if Thanksgiving falls during the law school’s reading

Law Student Podcast

The Life of a Supreme Court Correspondent

November 22, 2021

Meg Steenburgh of the ABA Law Student Podcast welcomes Adam Liptak to learn about his career as a legal journalist. Adam explains his typical work cycle as Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times and  offers insights on how a law degree translates into the world of

Computer Lab

Seeking accommodations in law school: Why, when, and how

November 19, 2021

It simply used to be that people with disabilities often could not attend college, let alone law school. Those who did often faced uphill battles. Fortunately, this no longer needs to be the case. One of the keys to success in law school for

Taylor Swift Red

Seeing 'Red' over the state of copyright law

November 12, 2021

What can Taylor Swift's ongoing project to re-record her albums teach us about music copyright, licensing, and the state of the industry? Quite a lot, actually! The underlying composition and the actual recorded track are two different things. Taylor's

Angry Judge

A very cross court: How to survive an angry judge

November 11, 2021

Judges yell. It's a fact of life. And if you're an attorney who has spent a large portion of your career in the courtroom, you've probably had a judge yell at you. Yesterday (or for future readers, November 10, 2021), this axiom played out in

Westlaw Research

Westlaw research: Using the mini-search tool strategically

November 04, 2021

This is the third and final part of my legal research analysis to help you become a proactive researcher. Just to recap, the first-part of my legal research analysis addressed knowing the what before the where to your legal research. In other words, that part addressed knowing

Bar Exam Hall

Evolution of the bar exam

November 04, 2021

Each year, thousands of law students prepare for the notable bar exam, a test of knowledge and skills which students must pass to obtain their license. Over the years, many students have spent strenuous hours studying for the exam, but the exam has not always been this daunting.

Kaplan Bar Review

Feedback and practice questions: How to prepare for the bar exam

November 03, 2021

Active learning through guidance and practice, expert feedback, and self-reflection allow law students prepping for the bar exam to more fully understand how to best improve their performance when they attempt to apply legal principles.

Bad News on Grades

Don’t let so-so grades in law school get you down

November 02, 2021

“To those of you who are graduating this afternoon with high honors, awards and distinctions, I say, ‘Well done.’ And as I like to tell the C students: ‘You too, can be president.’”—former President George W. Bush addressing the graduating class at Southern Methodist University in 2015.

Working on an Essay Exam

Last-minute tips for how to excel on law school essay exams

October 15, 2021

Knowing how to take a law school exam can be just as important as knowing the material that will be tested. Here are some last-minute study tips for essay exams in law school. Our law school expert, Heather Buck from JD Advising,