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One more week to apply to become a liaison!

March 08, 2016

If you want to network, the ABA Law Student Division's liaison program is the way to do it. A liaison’s entire goal is to build a relationship with the leadership of an ABA entity. Not only will you interact with experienced ABA lawyer leaders, but many groups subsidize participation by funding liaison

Cindy Cwik and Donald Rosenberg

Smart phone patent wars through the eyes of Qualcomm's Rosenberg

March 08, 2016

The keynote speaker for the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law (SciTech) Leadership Dinner at the 2016 ABA Midyear Meeting was Donald J. Rosenberg, executive vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary of Qualcomm Incorporated.

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Applying the facts: Maximizing points in a law exam

March 07, 2016

Grades are in. You reviewed your exams. You talked with your professors, and they all told you the same thing: “If you had only ‘fleshed out’ your answers, you would have received a top grade.” As you now know, you failed to fully explain your analysis. Having heard this criticism, however,

Section of Antitrust Mentoring Program

Everyone can use a mentor: Let the Section of Antitrust help you!

March 04, 2016

Too often, we as law students are afraid to reach out for help. If you ask too many questions in class, you are considered to be a gunner by your peers. Asking a fellow law student about what to do with your legal career is not always wise because we

Fabiani Duarte

The state of the Law Student Division

March 03, 2016

It's the time of year in the Law Student Division when our 15 circuits hold their meetings. And leading up to them, Fabiani Duarte, division chair, updated the circuits on law student member benefits and advocacy issues – the Uniform Bar Exam, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, and paid credit

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Sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know

March 02, 2016

Remember that scene in "Jerry Maguire," at the beginning, where he’s frantically typing his “mission statement,” and words and ideas that he didn’t know he even had just came pouring out of him? Well, that was me a few years back, writing in response to an email sent out by

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LAMP casts a light on the issues of armed forces, veterans

March 01, 2016

Law students who are interested in military law or providing legal assistance to active servicemembers, veterans and their families should consider joining the ABA's Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP).

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Do you hear that? That’s the world, and she’s screaming.

February 29, 2016

Why does international law matter? Well, here’s one of the myriad reasons. Earlier this month, I listened to an incredibly brave woman tell her story. She's young, only 21. Yet, her hardened, distant look and silent expression are those of a woman who has experienced horrors and seen demons far beyond

Emotions

The emotional side of practicing law

February 26, 2016

I am a really big fan of Elle Woods in "Legally Blonde." The movie is pretty epic, and I have a soft spot in my heart for Elle, even though I am a brunette. She is pretty much the 2000s version of Cher from "Clueless." One of the scenes in the movie that always come to mind is the scene where the professor asks the class who said "the law is reason free from passion."

Procrastination

Don't wait until you're in practice to practice

February 25, 2016

It’s the ages-old issue – who am I and what should I be doing with my time? For the youth, I should be having fun. I will work later. For the high school student, I can work later. I should have fun now. For the college student, I will be employed later. I should have fun now. For the newly hired, I will have my own demands later. I should have fun now. Do you see where this is going?

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Divorce on film: 'Breaking Bad'

February 24, 2016

Season three of AMC’s landmark TV show “Breaking Bad” features a plot in which one of the show’s primary characters – Skyler White, wife and reluctant partner-in-crime to antihero meth cooker Walter White – considers whether to file for divorce from her possible sociopath husband shortly after learning that he

Stressed Out

Top 5 things every law student needs to survive (mentally)

February 23, 2016

Getting through law school is tough. You’ve got late nights, high-stress classes, competition among your peers, the looming law school curve, and that nagging fear that maybe you won’t find a job when this is all over. And let’s face it, the stress doesn’t end after graduation. I’m still dealing with it to this day! That’s why now is pretty much the perfect time to figure out what stress relievers work best for you.

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How to move your career into new waters

February 22, 2016

Making connections in a new city can be challenging, but moving after graduation can be the ideal time to head to a new locale. After school you have the luxury – and the challenge – of being able to build your ideal career from scratch.

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It's our awards season, too

February 19, 2016

Last week, it was the Grammys. In two Sundays, it's the Oscars' turn. It's not just the stars' turn for award season, though – we'd like to hand out some hardware as well. It's time for you to tell us who the Law Student Division should honor for the 2015-2016 year. Each

Legal Career Quiz

What kind of lawyer will you be? Take the Legal Career Quiz

February 18, 2016

Some attorneys knew what kind of law they want to practice long before law school. Others may be well into their career and still trying to figure it all out. For the latter, we've got a new tool for you. ABA Legal Career Central has teamed up with

Uniform Bar Exam

Update: List of UBE states grows to 20

February 17, 2016

Yesterday, Vermont joined the states that have adopted the Uniform Bar Exam! That brings the total to 20 states that have signed on to the UBE.

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10 tips for a strong legal internship interview

February 17, 2016

As with any sport, strong performance during your interview will depend on a variety of factors that are impossible to predict. After adequately preparing for the interview, the best advice to follow is just to be yourself. Here are 10 tips for additional guidance when trying to land a competitive legal internship.

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Analysis: Why replacing Scalia could trigger a Constitutional crisis

February 15, 2016

The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia promises to bring one of the most dramatic shifts in judicial power in the last century – taking the 5 to 4 edge away from the conservatives and handing it to the liberals. But what if it simply doesn’t happen?  In fact,

Police Technology

Could new police technology reduce abuse?

February 15, 2016

New technology is changing law enforcement. Whether it’s body cameras or facial recognition technology, policing is getting more sophisticated. Not only can new tech empower cops to better enforce the law, it also offers new constraints on police abuse.

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Watch: ABA adopts Uniform Bar Examination resolution

February 12, 2016

In this video from the ABA Midyear Meeting, ABA delegates to the House of Delegates debated Resolution 109, which urges bar admission authorities in each state and territory to adopt the Uniform Bar Examination in their respective jurisdictions.

Knocking at the Door

What to expect when you're not expecting (visits from the feds)

February 11, 2016

The unannounced arrival of an investigator from a federal agency is an unwelcome business interruption which can be a drain on productive time and arouse collective anxiety in your business environment. Effective management of the investigation from the very beginning is critical to achieving the best possible outcome, no matter

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On having a baby, 8 weeks before taking the bar exam

February 10, 2016

I usually write about strategies for prelaw/law students and lawyers who are looking to break into BigLaw despite perceived obstacles such as grades, school, or background. But what if you actually do achieve what you want – ie: you get that BigLaw job – but are then faced with an entirely

Sun sets on another ABA Midyear Meeting

Sun sets on another ABA Midyear Meeting

February 09, 2016

We're back from San Diego, where the American Bar Association went to catch some sun and do some business at the 2016 Midyear Meeting. And since most students just aren't able to make it, here's a recap of what happened. Resolution 109 passed at the House of Delegates on Monday! That's