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Austin Conway

Striving for greatness and how to attain it in law school

February 07, 2018

How you approach anything is how you will approach everything. This is universally true whether you find yourself on the field, in the classroom, or in your career.As a pitcher on the baseball team at the University of Louisville, this principle is the foundation of our program.

Banned Laptop

Banning laptops is not the solution to better learning

December 13, 2017

Devices like cell phones, tablets, and laptops can be distracting. When students have access to these devices in the classroom it means that, instead of paying attention to what is going on in class, they might text, snap, tweet, or surf. The distraction can cause collateral damage in

The Warm Fuzzy Jar

A Jar of Post-Its: How gratitude got me through law school

October 31, 2017

Confession: I didn’t love the first semester of law school.As a 3L, I find this statement is met with more skepticism than it was even just a year ago—rolling eyes and lighthearted scoffs from first-years who are hard-pressed to believe that I ever felt out of place. I, of course,

Tijuana Barnes

What to do when tragedy strikes during law school

October 30, 2017

Tijuana Barnes, Vice Chair of the ABA Law Student Division, learned her sister Danielle had been shot on Sept. 13. Danielle died the next day. Tijuana writes about how she dealt with the tragedy.

Soldier with Books

Service to School helping veterans enter top-tier law schools

October 12, 2017

The halls and classrooms of your favorite law schools are becoming a lot more green—and we are not just referencing more environmentally friendly schools. We’re talking about more military veterans gaining admittance to top tier universities through Service to School.


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

Faking It

Fake it till you make it – everyone else is doing it too!

May 23, 2017

I remember entering law school thinking that I had so much experience in the world. After having run a nonprofit organization with professional staff representing 240,000 students statewide, creating and leading a mock trial program, all while finishing my undergraduate degree in three years, what was left to learn about work

Sisters Lizbeth and Tammy Chavez

Sisters-in-law: Dayton grads to share law degrees, employer

May 04, 2017

DAYTON, Ohio — Sisters Lizbeth and Tammy Chavez have shared a lot through the years: a bedroom, a family car, the same undergraduate school and a major in social work. Come May 6, they'll share something else — a University of Dayton law degree.The Chavez sisters will be among the

Where do women go to law school?

May 03, 2017

2016 seems to be widely accepted as the first year in history that women enrolled in juris doctor degrees outnumbered men at US law schools – 50.09% versus 49.46%. A small percentage, 0.45%, selected “other” for gender.We wondered where exactly they're going to school. Does the east look different from

Conservative Liberal

Political disequilibrium on law school campuses

January 12, 2017

During winter break, many law students reflect on their decision to enroll in law school. Full cost may be as high as $85,000 annually for an experience they hoped would teach them new ideas and perspectives. While the legal curriculum exposes them to new concepts, the students will receive it


Becoming a doctor and a lawyer – at the same time

January 10, 2017

Recently, I had the opportunity to lead an ethics forum at the American Medical Association meeting. It was the first time I’ve been publicly introduced as an “attorney.” I was caught off guard since I haven’t sat for the bar yet, but it was a reminder that my time in

Law School Nation January 2017

Law School Nation - January 2017

January 01, 2017

News from law schools across the country, including a grant for a domestic violence position, a website targeting the access to justice gap, a new entrepreneurial program, a cybersecurity opportunity, and two new initiatives to combat sex trafficking.

Holiday Sweater

The BTB Law Student Gift Guide

December 19, 2016

Maybe, in the last month, you've asked the special law student in your life what they would like for the holidays. Since it's finals, their response may have ranged from an unintelligible grunt to "PEACE AND QUIET!!!"The stress of the (finals) season should not put anyone on the naughty list.

Library of Congress

The largest law library in the world, available to all

November 22, 2016

We all know about the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, a towering structure that overlooks Capitol Hill, containing a gilded Reading Room and a massive archive that holds some of the world’s most precious books and media. But most people aren’t aware that the Library of Congress also


1L exams: The most important grades of your educational career

November 16, 2016

From the first day of law school, you need to keep perspective and unwavering focus – on just how paramount first-year grades are to your long-term career prospects. BARBRI's webinar, "Wait, What? Why are 1L Grades Most Important?!" will tell you why the results of your finals will loom large very

Law Students

Five things I wish I knew before law school

September 27, 2016

After you have completed the LSAT and received your first law school acceptance letter, you will likely celebrate passing the first major milestones on your path to becoming an attorney. You might wonder what to expect during law school. Watching movies like "The Paper Chase" or the "Legally Blonde" series


Keep your eyes on the whole law school pizza

September 15, 2016

Grades are the pizza crust of law school.  Some people will spend extra resources making the crust special – stuffed, thin, garlic.  Some people will allocate too few resources and end up with too little crust altogether.  But regardless of the quality of the crust, it is of little use standing

Legal Technology

New tool for Dayton law students: The 'tech credential'

August 31, 2016

Every week, I get information about CLE programs on technology in the legal profession.I also see plenty of bar journal articles and blog posts about lawyers using technology.But what I don't see are law schools making sure students head into the workforce with appropriate technology skills. This shouldn't be on-the-job


Interim prisoners: Why law schools should go on prison tours

August 23, 2016

This summer, I had the amazing opportunity to intern for the State of Connecticut’s Attorney General’s Office. One of the perks that comes with this opportunity, other than the endless learning opportunities and seminars, is the prison tour.Throughout the course of the internship, we as interns have had the ability

Jeena Cho

Three things I wish I learned in law school

August 18, 2016

I graduated from University at Buffalo in 2003. It seems like both forever ago and also like a blink of an eye. I’ve learned a lot over the past 13 years and I have battle scars to prove it. However, many of those scars were unnecessary and could’ve been avoided

Vanessa Ryan

Chasing down the non-traditional dream

August 17, 2016

I decided to go to law school when I was 34 years old. At the time, I was working in the Insurance Industry and loved what I did. I was working as an adjuster doing personal injury claims under our Florida PIP statute and also worked in our pre-litigation company

Chris Morgan

First years, fear not! Surviving 1L

August 16, 2016

The first year of law school is a difficult place to find yourself. It’s fast paced. It’s competitive. It’s tiring. It’s frustrating. And if you’re not careful, it’s easy to burn out and forget the reason you even wanted to be a lawyer in the first place.But through all of