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1L-Employment

Your 1L first semester: Schoolwork and thinking about employment

September 11, 2017

If you are reading this article you either read Part One or skipped to this part because the summer is over and you are in the grind.  Regardless of how we got here, congrats on going to law school!For ease of understanding, I am going to break first semester

Studying as a 1L

Paying it forward: A guide to your 1L year (from a rising 2L)

August 07, 2017

Congratulations!  Law school is a big deal, there is a lot of doom and gloom in the media about attending law school based on the market and the employment outcomes.  I cannot speak for all my peers, but I am incredibly happy with my decision to take on the challenge

Chris Jennison and Josephine Bahn (right) talk with Circuit Governor Morgan Nelson at the 2016 ABA Law Student Division Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Lessons from year one: Networking really is that important

June 15, 2017

You may be reading the title and thinking – really?  Law school administrators and career services already tell us about the importance of networking, and some 1L teachers push us or even require us to interview a practitioner or to attend an event here and there. Still, law school doesn’t teach

Networking

Networking starts on day one

June 12, 2017

Most law students quickly realize that law school is so much more than attending classes and studying. While your schoolwork is a critical component (and obviously the primary purpose of your being there), law school truly is the beginning of your legal career and, more importantly, your network. Each day

How do you eat an elephant

How to get the book award: Tips and strategies for law students

April 04, 2017

During my 1L year of law school, I remember walking into the library a week before final exams.  I saw a friend from my section.  He looked stressed and tired.  Normally, he was cool and confident and always had something to say during class.  What happened?He looked at me and

The Legal Research Survival Manual

Outwit, Outwork, Outlast: Legal research survival tips

April 03, 2017

Legal research gets a lousy deal in legal education.  When you arrive as a first year student you are enrolled into mandatory classes that take a deep dive into the Common Law.  You will wrestle with the Rule Against Perpetuities and try to wrap your head around the Statute of

LGBT law student

1L Fears: Advice to LGBT law students

December 13, 2016

This article aims to help LGBT law students at the beginning of their legal careers with practical advice on how to best deal with some of these unique situations.

Internship

What to know about your first summer internship

December 01, 2016

The 1L summer internship is the capstone to the first year of law school. You can finally get out of the classroom and put what you’ve learned to use in actual legal practice.

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

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

Grit And Grind

'Grit and Grind' your way to success in law school

July 14, 2016

Every student begins law school at the same starting line. Within weeks, days even, some students pull ahead while others fall behind. By the end of the year, at law schools all across America, the class is divided into GPA and class rank strata that include a top, middle, and bottom. What factors determine which group students end up in?

What you’ll wish you had known about law school – grades

What you’ll wish you had known about law school – grades

December 22, 2015

The ABA has graciously invited me to write for its law school audience. In the first post, I wrote about why the law school you choose to attend matters. Without further ado, here is the second thing many of us wish we had known before starting law school: Your Grades

Person holding law school books with gavel.

10 tips for success in your 1L year

November 16, 2015

So you are about to start law school and aren’t quite sure what you got yourself into? One year ago today, I was in your very same shoes, starting my first day of law school.I had reached out to just about anyone that had gone through the law school experience