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The course schedule dilemma

The course schedule dilemma

December 17, 2015

As their last semesters approach, several 3L students have come into my office with the same question: “During my last semesters, should I take as many courses as possible that will appear on the bar exam?” I admit that the question itself caught me off guard. When I was in law

How to start considering alternative legal paths

How to start considering alternative legal paths

December 16, 2015

So, you're a law student looking for an alternative career path. Your mindset isn't the problem — in fact, you're pretty darn sure that if you made it through law school, you can excel in just about any industry. The only problem being, you're not sure where to start. How do you

How to be a professional from day one (audio)

How to be a professional from day one (audio)

December 15, 2015

Think what happens in law school stays in law school? Think again! In this MP3 audio presentation, Hear Rachel Dawson — an experienced law school career counselor and then-associate director at the ABA Section of Litigation who ultimately served as director of the Young Lawyers Division — shared her savvy advice on how to

Podcast: Which practice specialty ABA groups should you join?

Podcast: Which practice specialty ABA groups should you join?

December 14, 2015

The American Bar Association Law Student Division is free, and its members have the opportunity to join five additional ABA practice specialty groups. But with 64 ABA groups to choose from, which is the best entity for each law student’s career path? In this episode of The Law Student Podcast, Fabiani

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Responding to lawyer jokes: Grin and don’t bear it

December 14, 2015

As a law student, you’ve probably been bombarded with them already.  If not, just wait till you pass the bar. No, I’m not talking about requests for free legal advice (although you’ll get plenty of those). I’m talking about lawyer jokes. You know, those funny question-and-answer sets that suggest all

Introduction to Intellectual Property Law

Meet a group: Intellectual Property Law

December 11, 2015

And by "meet the Section on Intellectual Property Law," we mean that literally. The section is looking for law student reporters for its 31st annual Intellectual Property Law Conference in Bethesda, Md., from April 6-8. Their program allows law students to interact with and learn from IP practitioners

Who goes to law school and doesn’t practice law?

Who goes to law school and doesn’t practice law?

December 10, 2015

I have heard this question a million times. I am still less than five years out of law school, and it still puzzles people that I do not practice law. Yes, I was willing to go through 3 years of tortur- ahem, I mean law school to not practice. I also

Fit2Practice and Brown Bag event

There's a lot you could learn today - for free!

December 09, 2015

If you've got an hour — or three — today, you could learn quite a lot. And you've got three ways to do it. The #Fit2Practice Chat The ABA Young Lawyers Division is hosting its latest Twitter chat, #Fit2Practice, at 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Christie Miller of Eat, Train, Win will answer

The starting line

How to find clients for your new law practice

December 08, 2015

If you are just about to start your first law firm or practice, one of the first questions probably is how to approach potential clients and get them on board. The principles laid out bellow, proven and borrowed from the start-up world, are also applicable if you are a seasoned

You could be one of the stars of the Grammys

You could be one of the stars of the Grammys

December 08, 2015

Justin Timberlake (pictured) might not be taking your photo at the Grammy Awards. Or maybe he could if you win this year's 8th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition, co-sponsored by the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and the

Listen to your inner voice

Say 'Wow, I did that!'

December 07, 2015

There’s nothing like the voice in our head, when it comes to how we feel about ourselves. Stemming from past experiences, opinions of others or even existing circumstances, that voice in your head either conjures up magic or doom. Right? What we feel about ourselves sends us on a trajectory of self-fulfilling

FASPE Summer Fellowship

Act fast for FASPE's 2016 summer fellowship

December 07, 2015

Here's an opportunity for law students to travel to Europe to learn about legal ethics through the lens of the Holocaust. FASPE Law — Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics — is now accepting applications for its 2016 summer fellowship in law and ethics. With the

Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest

Contest alert! Show us your business law writing skills

December 04, 2015

Canada is lovely in April. Or so we've heard. If you have an interest in business law, your expertise and writing skills could get you there courtesy of the ABA's Business Law Section. Enter the 30th Annual Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest for a chance to win up to $2,500 and

The top five lifestyle choices to consider for after law school

The top five lifestyle choices to consider for after law school

December 04, 2015

How do you see your life after graduating law school? All work, no play? Little bit of both? If you think you have no control over this outcome, you’re wrong. You absolutely do. So take steps while you’re in law school to impact your lifestyle after. Your quality of life after

Webinar: Demystifying judicial clerkships

Webinar: Demystifying judicial clerkships

December 02, 2015

Securing and preparing for a federal clerkship can be a daunting task for even the best law students. How do you stand out in the application stacks?  What are judges looking for in applicants?  What should you expect during an interview? Should you being taking a specific class? "Demystifying the Judicial

Welcome to the new ABA for Law Students

Welcome to the new ABA for Law Students

December 02, 2015

Fellow law students, legal career job-hunters, and aspiring attorneys, I’d like to welcome you to our new ABA Law Student Division website and our Before the Bar blog. Here you’ll find useful tools like a leads on jobs and internships, free and quality Quimbee study aids, and practical advice

Rainmaking

An associate's guide to rainmaking

December 01, 2015

You may not have been taught marketing and business development techniques and tactics in law school, but that doesn’t give you an excuse for not starting to build your rainmaking muscles now — particularly if you want to take control of your career. In fact, there should be no excuses when it

Don't fear your fork in the road

Don't fear your fork in the road

November 30, 2015

Law school was a funny time for me. As I look back, it really happened almost by accident. A series of events that seemed unconnected and random at the time, but as I reflect, I noticed it was all allowed to happen so that I could face a longstanding fear

Podcast: Why Washington should save Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Podcast: Why Washington should save Public Service Loan Forgiveness

November 23, 2015

If you are in or plan to go into public service, you may have heard about public service loan forgiveness (PSLF for short). This economic incentive was intended to attract and keep employees in public sector positions such as district attorney or public defender by offering student loan forgiveness following

A 'Basket Full' of advice on writing books and practicing law

A 'Basket Full' of advice on writing books and practicing law

November 23, 2015

They say that everyone has one great novel inside of them. Have you ever tried to get yours out on paper? When I was in law school, I spent my free time writing screenplays and novels. Fiction writing truly is my first love. In fact, one of my science fiction

There's a world of law out there to explore

There's a world of law out there to explore

November 20, 2015

It’s difficult to believe that I’ve been in the professional legal world now for 10 years. Law school feels like just yesterday — until I begin to think about all that I’ve seen and done since then. I’ve made some wrong turns, had some epic successes, made some incredible connections

On the ‘Track’ to a creative life in law

On the ‘Track’ to a creative life in law

November 18, 2015

In December of 2011, while I was working as associate general counsel at a large company in New York, my agent finally sold my first novel (on which I’d labored for thirteen years, on weekends and late at night, garnering an impressive collection of rejections). That phone call was the

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10 tips for success in your 1L year

November 16, 2015

So you are about to start law school and aren’t quite sure what you got yourself into? One year ago today, I was in your very same shoes, starting my first day of law school. I had reached out to just about anyone that had gone through the law school experience