The phrases “legal research” or “legislative research” often conjure up images of signing into an online subscription resource to find everything one might need; however, using subscription resources is not a viable option for all lawyers in all situations. Luckily, several websites provide free and reliable legal and legislative information for
This is the time of year when many law students are filing their moral character application, hoping that the six month processing time will take them right about up to when their July bar exam results will be released. For some students, this is not a sure thing. The typical
So, you recovered from your 1L fall semester, binge-watched Netflix over Winter Break, processed your first semester grades, and returned to school in January somewhat refreshed and ready to tackle a new semester of classes. You eased into your legal writing class, perused the syllabus, and noticed: ORAL ARGUMENT ASSIGNMENT. Wait, what?
Mentors provide guidance and advice, but they do not necessarily act as a coach or advocate like sponsors. Those wanting career guidance and advice typically seek out mentors and, at times, mentors are assigned to professionals new to a particular industry or organization.
Here are five ways to use this necessary companion to Google-like searching and be more confident that you’ve scoured the research landscape.
So, you’re ready for law school! Congratulations on making that decision. But which school to go to? There are hundreds of fine law schools throughout the country and finding the right fit can be a daunting task. This post discusses some of the factors rising law school students should consider
Do you ever have the thought that if you had known what law school was like prior to starting - truly knew what it was like - you might have chosen to become a professional bee keeper instead? There are many experiences in life that you cannot fully understand prior to living them. Law school is one of those.
It was 4:30 p.m., and I was a summer law clerk at a midsize firm that did not have strict, set hours for associates. There was no guidance as to when, exactly, associates needed to arrive and leave.My rival—I mean, fellow summer associate—poked his head over my cubicle wall. “Do you
I got an email asking me for advice on studying for the LSAT – the law school admissions test. I told the person I’d write a thread about it so others could benefit from the information. So here goes.
If you just received your first-semester grades and are wondering whether you’re going to survive law school, I’m sympathetic. I’ve been in your position. My first-semester law school grades were my lowest. They weren’t terrible, but they weren’t what I wanted or expected from myself either.And I’ve done what you
It can be difficult trying to figure out exactly how you want to use your law degree. Do you want to work in the government? For a large firm? A smaller or medium-sized one? A public interest group?Lucky for us, we lawyers have lots of options. One of the best
I’d like to provide some advice on letters of recommendation, having requested many for myself and with some observations having just provided one.When requesting a letter of recommendation, choose someone who can speak to the skills and attributes you’re trying to highlight. In my experience, a glowing letter from someone
Every first year law student is taught citations, most using the infamous 565-page Bluebook. I doubt anyone covers the whole book. But my impression is that most professors teach far more than most students will ever use. And then, after the course is over, most students gradually forget what they
Have you heard the secret to being a brilliant writer? Because there is one. An ancient trick used by all the greats, from Aristotle to Stephen King. Use this device, and your writing will improve tenfold overnight. And it’s so simple: just edit well. That’s it. Learn to edit well,
Many law students have a story about the first time they experienced the Socratic Method. Regardless of whether the student was the target of a professor’s line of questioning or if they were merely witness to another student’s experience, the stories tend to strike fear into the hearts of
Deciding to go to law school is a major life decision for most students, and it is one that (we hope) is carefully weighed and considered. The financial, intellectual, and time commitment involved is a substantial undertaking. Many students dismiss these challenges, assuming that acceptance into law school equates inherent
If you are reading this article you either read Part One or skipped to this part because the summer is over and you are in the grind. Regardless of how we got here, congrats on going to law school!For ease of understanding, I am going to break first semester
It has happened to you before. Your cousin’s best friend is thinking of becoming a lawyer. Your neighbor’s daughter is a college senior applying to the same school where you studied law. As a shining young face of the legal profession, you are asked to have The Talk about what
You probably know that outlining is an important part of the writing process. An outline helps you organize your writing and identify gaps in your analysis. The more complex the material you are writing about, the more important your organization is—and legal analysis is often complex. Most writers outline at
The first year of law school changes you. No matter how many pre-law or political science classes you took undergrad, you don’t actually know anything about constitutional law or civil procedure. To learn the law is to learn a new way of thinking and it’s not easy.Likely, your 1L summer
Congratulations! Law school is a big deal, there is a lot of doom and gloom in the media about attending law school based on the market and the employment outcomes. I cannot speak for all my peers, but I am incredibly happy with my decision to take on the challenge
Imagine you are sitting in your ninth on-campus interview of the week, talking to yet another potential employer about the unique attributes of this particular firm. The attorney sitting across from you earnestly describes her firm’s associate training program: “We give summer associates real client work, not make-work. And once
From a 5-minute conversation at a networking reception to phrasing job entries on your resume to on-campus and callback interviews, your ability to make a good impression can help you land your dream internship or summer associate position and set the tone for your career.In every interaction you’ll have during the hiring process,
It’s 6:30 p.m. and you are at your office desk, responding intently to emails. You feel someone’s stare and look up. Your supervising attorney, briefcase in hand, has paused at your door. “How’s the Martinez matter coming along?” Before you can answer, you hear the dreaded invitation: “Walk with me.”
Getting into law school is thrilling. You’ve been preparing for this moment a long time. After the giddiness wears off, you may start to feel a bit apprehensive. That’s because law school is an extremely competitive environment. It’s truly a jungle where the law of the land includes survival of