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Category: Law School 101

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


The power of mentors and sponsors

March 05, 2018

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. 

Applying to Law School

How to choose the right law school for you

February 28, 2018

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


Law school stress: It's not about you, and it's all about you

February 27, 2018

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.


Eight simple rules for winning the summer clerkship game

February 13, 2018

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

Practice makes the cut – how to study for the LSAT

January 25, 2018

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.

Reacting to Grades

What to do about mediocre first-semester law school grades

January 11, 2018

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

How to succeed (and have fun) at informational interviews

January 01, 2018

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

Letters of Recommendation

How do you ask for a letter of recommendation?

December 05, 2017

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

Legal Citations

Everything a 2L really needs to know about citation

November 21, 2017

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


Editing: The alchemy of writing

November 08, 2017

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,


Learning how to think with The Socratic Method

November 06, 2017

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


A growth mindset for law school success

September 12, 2017

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


Your 1L first semester: Schoolwork and thinking about employment

September 11, 2017

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


Should you go to law school?

September 08, 2017

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


Add reverse outlining to your writing toolbox

September 05, 2017

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

Serving a Client

Your 1L summer: Learning from real clients

August 30, 2017

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

Studying as a 1L

Paying it forward: A guide to your 1L year (from a rising 2L)

August 07, 2017

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


OCI advice: How to stand out from the crowd

August 01, 2017

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


The 3 basic elements of making a good impression during OCI

July 21, 2017

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,


Face time with your supervisor: A formula for success in oral briefings

July 19, 2017

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.”


How to study your way to law school survival

July 07, 2017

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