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,
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
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
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
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).
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
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."
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?
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
Ms. JD looks forward to welcoming attendees from across the country to its 8th Annual Conference on Women in the Law: Superwomen JDs, on Friday, Feb. 19 at NYU School of Law.
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
The United States Court of Federal Claims Bar Association's annual Law Student Writing Competition for the 2015-2016 academic year is underway!
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
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
Every January, thousands of new state laws across America go into effect. Of course, 2016 was no exception. Some states, as one may expect, enacted more new measures than others in a given year. Texas, for example, enacted more than 1,200 new provisions over the last few months. Throughout the
The ABA has graciously invited me to write for its law school audience. In the first post, I wrote about why the law school you choose to attend matters. In the second post, I wrote that your grades