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Studying for the Bar Exam

Ten tips for preparing for the bar exam

January 22, 2021

After graduation season, future esquires are focused on one final milestone: passing their state’s bar exam. Studying for the bar exam can be stressful and overwhelming. The key to managing these feelings is to have a plan in place to guide exam preparation. Indeed, there is no single

Bar Exam

What to expect after the bar exam

January 19, 2021

Preparing for the bar exam is more physically draining and stressful than most people realize. This one exam can decide the future of law school graduates across the country, and it is only made available twice a year. Once you do take it, however,

Growth Mindset

Motivation, growth, and the bar exam

January 01, 2021

This winter, as 1Ls reflect on their first completed semester, 2Ls—who are halfway done— consider what they want to do in the remaining year and a half, and 3Ls think about finishing up their final semester and passing the bar exam, I encourage all of you to think

Uniform Bar Exam

Lakes effect: Michigan adopts the Uniform Bar Exam

December 04, 2020

Ah, Michigan. While not the Land of 10,000 Lakes, it does touch four of the Great Lakes—and about twice as many slogans and mottos. Nowhere is Michigan's embrace of slogans more evident than in

How to create your financial plan for the New Year (with a little help from the experts)

December 04, 2020

Managing real-life expenses and trying to save for your long-term financial goals are difficult tasks for most people, not just law students. The ABA and AcceessLex are here to help! Get for tips on creating a financial plan that will get you

How to manage your debt and credit

Get tips on how to responsibly manage your credit and debit

November 12, 2020

Do you know that potential landlords, employers and even utilities companies routinely access credit scores as part of their application process? Learning how to manage student loans, credit cards and other debt is essential. Establishing financial skills early on and working to build a good

Investment Advice

Learn about investment essentials from a financial expert

November 06, 2020

When it comes to investments, there is a lot to think about—especially, while managing the stressors and workload of law school.  Having a good understanding of investment funds and approaches is essential to investing with confidence and planning for life beyond law school. The Law

Tired Eyes From Screen Time

Zoom yourself out: Slash screen time for mental health

October 16, 2020

It’s hard to deny we all spend to much time on our phones. Texts, emails, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Candy Crush, the latest game….the number of hours we spend staring at that little device is frankly embarrassing.  It turns out, spending excessive time on our devices is more than

Construction Law

5 questions to ask before becoming a construction lawyer

October 13, 2020

While construction law is generally a lesser-known practice of law amongst law students, it is by no means small. In fact, construction is a multi-billion dollar industry, making up the largest segment of the production sector the US’s GDP, and the

COVID Employment

COVID-19 and the path to the profession: Is a legal career still the right choice?

October 12, 2020

Both law schools and the legal profession are facing a number of changes as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. This, coupled with the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color, persons with disabilities, and low-income communities, has left some diverse law students and those contemplating law

Hushed Voices

Getting to the other side of mental health in the legal profession

October 08, 2020

As ABA Law Student Mental Health Day comes to us yet again, a journal entry by a 2L in my Legal Profession class offers hope:  All of my friends, siblings, and peers talk about mental health. We have all been affected. We are unfiltered, empathetic,

Mental Health

Top tips for mental and emotional well-being while in law school

October 06, 2020

This article originally appeared on the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program page under the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association and was written by Angela Nieves. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or

Preparing References

How to prepare references for a state bar application

September 16, 2020

There are many steps that aspiring lawyers must take before being admitted to a state bar. While many individuals are familiar with the bar exam that lawyers are often required to take, there are other critical aspects of the application process that could affect the likelihood of being

Bar Exam

Preparing for the bar exam and practice during a pandemic

September 01, 2020

In any other year, 2020 law school graduates would have taken the July bar exam and would now be working or looking for law jobs while awaiting bar exam results. But this is no ordinary year. The events of this spring and summer have disrupted nearly everything that seemed routine just months ago.

Introverted Law Student

Hey, introverted, quiet, and shy law students: Here’s why remote learning is our jam

August 26, 2020

When news pundits and politicians criticize remote learning as an “across-the-board disaster,” I bristle. I have a different take: introverted, shy, and socially anxious law students can thrive in remote law classrooms. As an introverted professor, I’m completely pumped to start teaching my new cohort of 1Ls next week—fully online.

Law Student

Welcome to 1L: Here's your law school orientation kit

July 21, 2020

When we started putting this toolkit for incoming law students together, law school looked a lot different. And at this point, the experience for all law students will vary widely from law school to law school as remote, in-person, and hybrid plans are implemented. And