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For a few students, giving up on law school is the right choice. For most others, digging deep helps them emerge more confident than ever.

Student Lawyer: September October 2022

November 01, 2022

If you find yourself in a difficult time during law school, keep going and don’t give up. You've got more skills than you realize. In this issue of Student Lawyer magazine, we help you reflect on your strengths and focus on the skills you will need going forward.

Four students who came from other careers share their experiences and best tips for success.

Older Student? Use It to Your Advantage

October 28, 2022

Whatever brought you to law school later in life, returning to the classroom carries different challenges and considerations than it might have when you were 24—a common age for 1L students.

Typing? Yes, you’ll need to know how to type well, along with a few more skills probably not on your current to-do list.

Beyond the Law: The Skills Future Lawyers Need

October 28, 2022

How can you be ready for the next shift in the legal industry? Always keep an eye out for the skills forward thinkers say you’ll need. Start with these areas of focus legal experts say will place you ahead of your competition as your career unfolds.

People who tell you to put your head down and study, study, study are doing law school wrong.

The Case for Putting Yourself “Out There”

October 28, 2022

During my first semester of law school, I was initially startled by the rigor and pace of my core classes. Studying was all I did. I buried myself in my case books, endlessly briefed cases, and did little else. When the December break came around,

Danielle Hall and David Jessup, Jr.

First-Generation Law Students: How to Start Strong

October 28, 2022

Being the first at anything inspires both pride and, in many cases, trepidation. If you’re the first in your family to accomplish the law school admissions process, those emotions are probably competing for dominance in your head each morning you wake up. We’ve got your

Alone in a Crowd

Michael Nava: Fight for Your Place

October 28, 2022

One afternoon in 1980, as I was sitting in the courtyard of Stanford Law School, I overheard two of my classmates—White guys—talking about the “minority” students at the school, one of them assuring the other, “They’re all affirmative action admits.” It wasn’t a neutral observation,

Imagine 10 years from today earning more than you ever dreamed of but still feeling broke. Here’s how to avoid that.

Why Building Wealth Starts Now

October 28, 2022

Let me tell you the number one key to building wealth: managing your money intentionally and directing it to where you want it to go. It’s a skill you want to start honing in law school.

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Invest in REST: Here’s how to give yourself a break

October 28, 2022

If you're like me, you struggle with resting. Sure, you may have some downtime, but are you using it to refresh yourself, or are you doom-scrolling in a way that provides no mental break? Here are a few things that have helped me in my pursuit of REST.

Most law students underuse their law library—and boy, are they missing out.

1L Corner: Your law library is way more than just books

October 27, 2022

A law library is more than merely a warehouse of books. It’s more like a portal to the vast world of legal information, with research and reference librarians as your guides. Get to know your librarians now, and it’ll make your life easier throughout law school and even your legal career.

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How Movement and Touch Relate to the Study of Law

July 14, 2022

Law students include many kinesthetic-tactile learners. In the simplest of terms, kinesthetic means movement, and tactile means touch. Kinesthetic-tactile students will differ from one another because of the strength and combinations of these two attributes for each individual. One student may have a very strong

Student Lawyer: Imagine, Then Build Your Future

April 05, 2022

It's time to construct your legal career—and Student Lawyer's latest issue has some more tools for your toolbox. What's ahead in the future of legal ethics? Can open-source textbooks help defray the costs of law school? How is the pandemic affecting your law student peers? And what do

Success depends on your ability to focus, and your financial burdens can invade when you haven’t planned for them.

Want to Pass the Bar Exam? Start Saving Money

April 01, 2022

Without a solid financial footing (for what is a far costlier venture than many realize), it’s nearly impossible to engage in the sort of in-depth focus needed for law school, bar exam, and your professional success.

Cloud storage, AI, and the potential for a national practice may influence practice rules.

The Future of Legal Ethics

April 01, 2022

Legal ethics: It’s not a class in your first-year curriculum. It’s a concept that will follow your every decision as a lawyer. And, just like the law itself, ethics rules are evolving.

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Student Lawyer: What is Justice?

January 14, 2022

As Student Lawyer turns 50, we take a look at how law students can pursue justice in their careers. This includes career paths big and small, such as legislative work, public interest, and working in pro bono.

Celebrating 50 Years of Student Lawyer

January 01, 2022

Imagine, as you open your latest copy of Student Lawyer magazine, you begin by reading a discussion of eliminating the LSAT for law school admissions or finally reforming the bar exam. You find concerns about the rising tally of debt faced by law students. Another writer wonders when

What happens when a legal career path isn’t right choice for you?

January 01, 2022

If you choose not to pursue a career in justice, remember that the law isn’t bad—and you’re not bad—it’s just that the fit is wrong. Figure out where you do fit, and then use the amazing skills you gained on the way to becoming a JD to pursue most any path you like.