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Category: Law School 101



OCI

Struck out at OCI? It’s not the end of the world

September 10, 2018

It’s happened – you did not get a callback from OCI. You now have the opportunity to approach the rest of the interview season and law school more strategically and make circumstances change in your favor.

Competitions

Law school competition teams: Practicing for practice

August 29, 2018

Traditional law school courses can be an effective way to learn legal doctrine, but they don’t teach much about law practice.  Joining a law school competition team can be a terrific way to learn those skills and have fun in the process.

Sarah

Eight simple steps to avoid debt

August 23, 2018

By your mid-thirties, you are far enough along in life to understand that staying out of debt is a key to your longterm financial health. But have you ever sat down and thought about what, specifically, you need to do to stay debt-free? Here are eight simple steps that will help you.

Graduation

Should you go to law school immediately after undergrad?

August 21, 2018

The “right time” for law school will vary from person to person, based on many factors, from finances to undergrad experiences to family considerations. But here’s the good news: every year, first-year law students come from a mix of folks fresh out of undergrad and those who have been working

writing-on

The right way to write on to the law journal

August 16, 2018

If you are in law school, you know how important building a resume is. Employers often look for prestigious activities such as moot court, law journal, and executive board positions. Maybe one of the most attractive activities is the law journal.

OCI

How do you ace OCI? The experts help you prep for on-campus interviews

July 19, 2018

Are you getting ready for on-campus interviews? Nervous about how you'll do? To help you get ready for OCI, lawyers from both sides of the interview table shared their advice on the interview process and how to land the “call-back” in this webinar.https://youtu.be/7TZi7HjVqxESpeakers:Tiffany J. deGruy, Partner, Bradley, Birmingham, AL

Practice Questions

The value of practice questions in bar prep

July 05, 2018

To effectively prepare for the bar exam, you have to practice answering questions. This can be unpleasant—doing practice questions forces you to confront what you don’t know, under uncomfortable time constraints.

OCI

Everything you need to know about OCI: on-campus interviewing

July 01, 2018

Law firms and other legal employers visit law schools nationwide during the fall to interview applicants for employment starting the following summer in a process called OCI (on-campus interviewing). Most large law firms do the majority of their hiring of new law graduates this way.  Firms hire students to work the summer between their second and third year, and if the student performs well, firms often make offers to them for full-time employment upon graduation.

Bluebooking

Does Bluebooking matter? Some insight on how to cite

June 13, 2018

Providing authoritative support for assertions is a key component of legal writing. We learn to read and apply caselaw throughout our doctrinal classes. And 1L legal writing is dedicated to learning how to Bluebook. So does Bluebooking matter outside of law school? Absolutely.

Debt-free

Graduating from law school debt-free

June 07, 2018

“Law school” and “debt-free” may seem like an oxymoron these days. Mainstream media and law school admissions blogs alike are filled with stories of newly-minted lawyers who are hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt and without an income adequate to pay off that debt. But I am here to tell you that it is not only possible—but entirely attainable—to graduate law school without any (or with only minimal) student loan debt.

Bar Exam

Need help with bar exam prep? Give us 30 Minutes.

May 31, 2018

Studying for the bar exam is a marathon, not a sprint. To get you into condition to achieve your best performance, new lawyers who successfully prepared for and passed their bar exams will share tips on: • Study Schedule • Mindset and Attitude • Practice Tests • Exam Week • Exam Day https://youtu.be/ibON7QpQfocThe panelists

Study Break

Prepping for the bar exam: It's more than just learning the law

May 30, 2018

Many recent law school graduates have just started studying for the bar exam. As someone who was in your shoes last year, I thought I’d share what I wish I’d done differently when studying for the bar exam and a couple things that I think I did well that I think everyone could benefit from knowing.

Studies

Things to consider when planning to take law courses

May 24, 2018

Whether you’re becoming a full-time law student or simply getting ready to take night classes, law courses are a serious undertaking. It’s important to think carefully about and be prepared for the classes themselves, and there’s another whole range of concerns you may need to think about for

Choosing a Law School

3 key things to think about when choosing a law school

May 15, 2018

Future 1Ls, this one's for you! I thought I would share my thoughts on the factors rising law school students should consider when choosing a law school.*  I think there are three things that you should consider once you have made the choice to go to law school: finances, school

Exams

Open book vs. closed book: Succeeding on law school exams

April 26, 2018

One of the most frequently debated issues concerning law school exams is a professor’s decision to make the exam open book or closed book. Students seem to be partial to open book exams, perhaps because they seem less frightening and overwhelming. In this article, we take a look at the

Picking a Law School

Picking your path: How to choose a law school

April 25, 2018

I spoke at my law school at an admitted students’ event about how I decided on a law school. I am sharing some of my thoughts here as well because I know that many of you are making the same decision.

Full Weight of the Law

Learn how to deal with the Full Weight of the Law, starting in law school

March 27, 2018

Law students and lawyers experience much higher rates of depression, anxiety, stress, and alcoholism than the general public. These problems usually start, or escalate, in law school.  Drs. Jeff Fortgang and Shawn Healy, two psychologists with Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Massachusetts, examined the various contributing factors, ways of recognizing distress, and suggestions for getting help and staying healthy in "The Full Weight of the Law: How Legal Professionals Can Recognize and Rebound from Depression."

Internet Research

How to use government websites to perform free legal and legislative research

March 19, 2018

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