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For Love or Money - How Marital Status Affects Student Loans

April 01, 2014

Married couples with student loans should also consider how marriage, family size, and tax filing status affect student loan payments. Here’s how you can begin talking about how student loan debt fits into your life and your plans. “Joint” or “Separate” Student Loans? Law students finance legal education with primarily federal student

Step Up and Get Involved

April 01, 2014

Vol. 42 No. 8 By Joseph Zeidner   Law Student Division Delegate Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University As the largest US law student association, the ABA Law Student Division is the national voice for law students to the legal community—it is your voice. It is also the place where you can develop

Four Things Every Student Loan Borrower Must Do

April 01, 2014

If you borrowed student loans to finance your legal education, you’ll need to make some decisions about your student loans soon after graduating. Follow these four steps to keep your payments affordable, protect your credit rating, and avoid paying too much. Give your loan servicers your new contact information. A loan

Secret Lawyer: Becoming Her Own Venture Capitalist

April 01, 2014

Vol. 42 No. 8 By Leslie A. Gordon   LESLIE A. GORDON is a secret lawyer who has been working as a freelance legal affairs journalist for more than 10 years. When Kelly Boyd enrolled at the University of Chicago Law School, she had an open mind about professional possibilities. She loved law school and

In Brief: Thinking of hanging out a shingle? Practical tips on solo practice

April 01, 2014

If you’re thinking of opening your own practice after graduation, solo lawyer Branigan Robertson has some encouraging words for you—and some practical tips. Robertson started his firm right out of law school, in a difficult economy and with a contingency fee structure, and now has a thriving practice in plaintiff’s employment

Hidden in Plain Sight

April 01, 2014

Vol. 42 No. 8 By Nicole Israel   NICOLE ISRAEL is the student editor of Student Lawyer magazine. As a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Moldova, Judy Hale Reed found a calling that focused her life-long quest to improve the lives of women and children around the world. “I joined the Peace Corps

Internet Legal Service Providers: Practicing Law Without a License?

April 01, 2014

In your professional responsibility class, you will probably or did learn about unauthorized practice of law statutes. And you will probably get some guidance about what legal tasks you can and cannot perform without supervision before you pass the bar exam and officially enter practice. For instance, under most state

Taming Legal Information Overload

April 01, 2014

It happens every year. A student sits in my office and asks for a life jacket—figuratively, of course. They’re drowning in legal information. It’s a common problem. Legal researchers today deal with a rising sea of legal information. In 2012, for example, the US Courts of Appeals and District Courts published

professional interview attire for law students.

Interview Attire - Spend Smart to Look the Part

April 01, 2014

By Erin Binns. Grab your wallet . . . it’s time to invest in your career. Qualifications and academic accomplishments alone don’t generate offers. You need to look the part, too. Legal employers value appearance and will judge you for it. If you opt not to wear a business suit to

Defeating the Dreaded Interview Questions

April 01, 2014

By Erin E. Rhinehart. Picture this: Tom, an eager 2L, scores an interview at a reputable mid-sized law firm for a summer associate position. This is it. This is the opportunity for which Tom has been waiting. Sporting a freshly pressed navy suit with a starched white shirt and red power

Law Student Complaining About Grades

When to Gripe About Grades

April 01, 2014

You know the feeling. You take an exam and walk away feeling fairly confident. Then when you get your grade, your first thought is confusion, perhaps even denial: “This can’t be right!” That series of events likely happens hundreds of times each year at law schools across the country. With the