A Rite of Passage or a Form of Torture? Students have been terrified of and traumatized by cold calling ever since Harvard Dean Christopher Columbus Langdell invented the case method more than a century ago. The Socratic method is the ultimate form of
The American Bar Association and law schools should reconsider the outdated structure of three years of law school and the bar exam. First, law school is far too theoretical and lacks training for practical, employable skills. Second, it is very costly, and each semester puts students in greater insurmountable debt. Third, the
Getting cold-called in law school is a rite of passage that every student will experience at some point.
The first recorded etiquette rules are traced to 2400 B.C., and many are still important today in the practice of law. So it goes without question that law students should learn, hone, and abide by basic etiquette guidelines. To narrow down the long list of rules, here are four main categories to
Maybe, in the last month, you've asked the special law student in your life what they would like for the holidays. So, Student Lawyer thought we'd ask some of our students what they'd like in their stockings this year. Coffee This was the overwhelming winner
Thanksgiving and the winter holidays are approaching, but with final exams on the horizon, you might be feeling anything but grateful. The idea of taking time off to fly or drive home to cook and “enjoy” a long meal with family—particularly if Thanksgiving falls during the law school’s reading
It simply used to be that people with disabilities often could not attend college, let alone law school. Those who did often faced uphill battles. Fortunately, this no longer needs to be the case. One of the keys to success in law school for
This week I've received messages from law students who just started their summer legal internships. What's keeping them up at night? Impostor syndrome. So, let's talk about it. Where did this come from? I am no
First generation law students face a unique set of challenges. They are often navigating graduate school completely on their own without the network or support of some of their peers. Here, we acknowledge many of those demands and offer advice on how to overcome them to ensure that your law school experience is a fulfilling and successful endeavor.
Several innovative new part-time J.D. programs have expanded distance-learning options for working professionals and parents. In addition to the new weekend-based programs at at Loyola University Chicago School of Law,
After completing my first-year in law school, none of my courses were as demanding and rewarding as Lawyering and Legal Reasoning—better known as LLR. Any rising 2L, 3L, or even 1L in their second semester will tell you the significance of LLR. After all, since law students are
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.
When I began my first year of law school, or 1L year, I was a single parent, and this status meant that I was going to spend all three years of law school as a “PL”, or “Parenting Law Student.” My long days included
If reading medium articles on maximizing productivity is getting old, or you’re growing weary of Tony Robbins’ booming voice telling you to work hard to achieve your goals, then let me tell ya—personality testing is your next fix. My school offered a personality test to
I’m not the only person who’s ever been shocked by a law school grade. Many, many other lawyers have been similarly gobsmacked and were forced to figure out how to dust themselves off and learn from it.
Student loans are scary and sometimes downright mystifying. Do as much research as possible and ask questions, even the ones you’re afraid to ask.
Yes, law school is a financial drain. But working may not be the best solution, depending on your goals and how far along you are in law school.
The money-related decisions you make in law school could shape your life for decades. Lucky for you, we’ve got information to help you make wise moves.
The University of Pennsylvania Law School has become the first law school to accept GMAT scores in place of LSAT scores for students interested in earning a JD outside of a dual degree program. As part of a two-year pilot program announced in June, applicants will be allowed
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.
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.
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
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, 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.
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.