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How Student Loans Affect Your Credit

December 01, 2013

Information about your student loans is reflected on your credit report and will influence your credit score. A high credit score based on a positive credit history helps you qualify for favorable terms on mortgages and other loans. A low credit score can make it hard to get good interest

Stop Squandering Opportunities - Master the Follow-Up

December 01, 2013

Students listen to lawyers present on career panel. The end. Students attend class with lawyer as guest presenter. The end. Students attend a Student Bar Association event and mingle with lawyers. The end. Does your story end with being in the same room as a lawyer and never following up? Ignoring chances to

Ignore Law School Etiquette at Your Career Peril

November 01, 2013

Law school is a social and cultural world unto itself. Like all societies and cultures, it has its own set of norms and rules. Understanding and employing proper etiquette will help you succeed. “We had an incident in a student’s first week at school,” recalled

In-House Law: Do They Even Hire Students?

November 01, 2013

The stereotypical career trajectory for an in-house lawyer begins at a midsize to large law firm. As corporate legal departments have not traditionally been equipped to tackle the intensive training and development that new attorneys require, many are happy to leave associate training to the firms. The corporations underwrite the

Three Keys to Managing Student Loans

October 01, 2013

Although law school is expensive and most law students graduate with significant student loan debt, reducing the costs that are within your control, choosing federal over private loans, and understanding your repayment options will go a long way toward successfully managing your debt. Ideally, your total debt would be less than

Seven Steps

School Success in Seven Steps

September 01, 2013

Realize that law school requires a different commitment to your studies. For many law students, prior college courses were not essential to their futures. They could cram at the end of the semester, “brain dump” for a good grade, and then forget what they learned because they never planned to

Job Search

How to Make Your Job Search Fit Your Schedule

September 01, 2013

Get Focused In a tight job market, law students in need of experience will often say, “I will take any job anywhere.” While flexibility and adaptability are critical qualities, casting your net too wide results in an unfocused job search taking an incredible amount of time and that is ultimately less

Elective Directive: Be Selective

September 01, 2013

Taking courses that will give you an edge in your (so-far) chosen specialty is just one smart way to choose electives.

Career Expectations Help Guide You to a Successful Student Loan Strategy

May 01, 2013

Part Four of Four in a Series by Heather Jarvis In the final installment of her series, student debt expert Heather Jarvis discusses which student loan repayment strategies best fit your existing financial circumstances and your employment expectations. Law graduates work in a variety of positions earning a range of salaries, and

Time to Recharge and Renew

May 01, 2013

The summer is the perfect time to rediscover your true self, renew relationships, and return to favorite pastimes before school starts again in the fall. If you are attending summer school for part of the summer or studying for the bar, then use the time wisely before and after those

Balancing Law School with Life

March 03, 2013

Life balance in law school is tough. Most law students will study more hours than ever before in their lives. Here's how to maintain balance.

Student Loan Timeline for Graduating Students

March 03, 2013

Graduating law students have a lot to think about. You’ll need to pay attention to your student loans while you are studying for the bar examination and conducting your employment search. An organized approach can keep your payments affordable, protect your credit rating, and help you avoid fees

Law Student Studying in Library

Evaluating Your First Semester Study Habits

January 01, 2013

Realize that everyone’s grades can improve each semester by honing study strategies. Students who did well can do even better. Students who ended up in the middle of the class can improve. And students whose grades placed them on academic probation can turn things around.

Law School Clinics Provide Real-World Training

December 01, 2012

Clinic Serves the Community Walking across the stage to receive her diploma might be only the second-most memorable experience of Larisa Bowman’s graduation day from Stanford University Law School in 2009. Earlier that day, she had received a call from Juliet Brodie, director of Stanford’s Community Law Clinic in impoverished East Palo

Reviewing a law student's cover letter.

Writing an Effective Cover Letter

November 01, 2012

As a legal writing instructor, many students bring me cover letters to review. Often after I help a student rework a letter, employers start to respond.

A law student's resume.

Resumes - Creating the Best First Impression

November 01, 2012

Résumés have two stand-out moments in the application process. The document’s first job is to generate an interview. The second is to serve as a springboard for questions and conversations during the interview. Approach résumé creation with an eye toward both. All formatting and content decisions should be filtered with

Succeeding in Both Family and Law School

March 01, 2012

Rebecca A. Clark admits she was stunned into tears by a three-student panel discussion on handling family life during her law school orientation. “It was not a positive presentation,” says the 2008 graduate now employed at the Law Office of James B. Palmquist III in Medina, Ohio. “It was very dark,

Exam Review Begins Now

January 01, 2012

There are techniques to improve your exam results in May. If you implement them diligently, your grades can increase with any exam format.

Law student interviewing.

Master the Legal Interview

December 01, 2011

Law students must answer interview questions in the hopes of impressing someone enough to get a job offer. There is fear, anxiety, and, overall, the need to impress.

Handling Law School Stress Well

December 01, 2011

For the past several years, students at Hamline Law School have been invited to participate in a “Six-Word Story” contest on the topic of the first six weeks of law school. Six-word stories are intended to capture the essence of an experience in just that many words.

Worried About Failing the Bar Exam?

December 01, 2011

Fear of failure is common for students preparing for the bar exam. Put that nervous energy to good use with smart bar exam preparation.

Judicial clerkships for all: Tips for the other 90 percent

November 01, 2011

Judicial clerkships have a lot to offer: They hone research and writing skills, provide great exposure to practicing lawyers, create an opportunity to develop a mentoring relationship with a successful member of the bar, and generally look fabulous on a résumé.