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Embracing experiential learning: Law school choices lead to jobs (or not)

I have only been teaching at Vanderbilt Law School for six years, and no one will make the mistake and call me an academic (I’m a pracademic). However, teaching experimental and skills based courses like Mediation and Legal Project Management or Legal Problem Solving with my colleague

Learn how to deal with the Full Weight of the Law, starting in law school

ABA Law Student Division March 27, 2018

Law students and lawyers experience much higher rates of depression, anxiety, stress, and alcoholism than the general public. These problems usually start, or escalate, in law school.  Drs. Jeff Fortgang and Shawn Healy, two psychologists with Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Massachusetts, examined the various contributing factors, ways of recognizing distress, and suggestions for getting help and staying healthy in "The Full Weight of the Law: How Legal Professionals Can Recognize and Rebound from Depression."

How to use government websites to perform free legal and legislative research

Barbara Bavis March 19, 2018

The phrases “legal research” or “legislative research” often conjure up images of signing into an online subscription resource to find everything one might need; however,

The Gamble of Public Service Loan Forgiveness

ABA Law Student Division June 22, 2017

Young lawyers are needed to fill public service roles but often law school debt funnels them into higher paying positions. The Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Podcast: Student loans – look before you leap

ABA Law Student Division December 22, 2015

With lower starting salaries and higher tuition rates, today’s law students face tough decisions when it comes to financing their education. In addition to school

What kind of lawyer will you be? Take the Legal Career Quiz

ABA Law Student Division February 18, 2016

Some attorneys knew what kind of law they want to practice long before law school. Others may be well into their career and still trying

In-House Law: Do They Even Hire Students?

Carla DeVelder 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

Student Lawyer: How to deal with law school stress

Student Lawyer March 26, 2018

This issue of Student Lawyer is dedicated to the idea of wellness—the proper balance of mental, physical, and emotional health.

You’re right: Law school stress is different – but it doesn't have to be debilitating

Jeff Fortgang and Shawn Healy March 01, 2018

Depression, anxiety, and alcohol or drug-related impairment occur at much higher rates among lawyers and law students than in the general population, according to various studies over the past few decades. You might think the explanation is that people prone to stress and its effects are especially drawn to a career in the law. But that’s not what the research seems to show.

The power of mentors and sponsors

Tiffany Graves March 05, 2018

Mentors provide guidance and advice, but they do not necessarily act as a coach or advocate like sponsors.  Those wanting career guidance and advice typically seek out mentors and, at times, mentors are assigned to professionals new to a particular industry or organization. 

How to succeed (and have fun) at informational interviews

Student Lawyer January 01, 2018

It can be difficult trying to figure out exactly how you want to use your law degree. Do you want to work in the government?

How to resist the allure of a traditional practice

Student Lawyer January 01, 2017

Don’t send another resume before reading these stories of lawyers who forged their own career path— and are glad they did.

Is politics your passion?

Lynae Tucker January 01, 2017

A Congressional staffer shares his story and offers suggestions on how to build a satisfying career in public service.

Maintaining Mental Health at Law School – a Law Student Podcast

ABA Law Student Division March 19, 2018

It can be hard to maintain mental wellness as a law student because of established stigmas and a lack of available resources. But, because wellness

Serving the underserved: BYU’s Immigration Clinic

ABA Law Student Division January 03, 2018

The rhetoric of the Trump administration has brought a lot of attention to the topic of immigration and refugees. In this episode of the ABA Law