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Grades

10 tips for recovering from a bad grade

November 01, 2018

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.

Money Smart

What you need to know about student loans

November 01, 2018

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.

Penn

Penn Law to accept GRE and GMAT scores starting in the fall

July 19, 2018

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

Survey

Help NALP, Center for Women in Law with this survey on career opportunities

May 30, 2018

NALP Foundation and the Center for Women in Law’s are looking for law students to participate in their latest research study that explores how career opportunities are shaped in law school. The survey addresses such topics as networking opportunities, departmental guidance, and study groups. The study seeks to determine whether there

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.

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.

Mindsets

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

Doctor-Lawyer

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

You can also check out the 2018 and 2017 Law Student Gift Guides for the latest ideas! 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

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

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

Pizza

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