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Entertainment, Sports, and More

December 01, 2012

ByDean S. DouglasDean S. Douglas, a 3L at The Thomas M. Cooley Law School, is the 2012–13 Law Student Division liaison to the Forum Committee on Entertainment and Sports Industries. It’s another day of law school and one of the first things you might do is turn on the television to

The Pipleline Council Seeks to Increase Opportunities for Diverse Students

December 01, 2012

ByCarla DelpitCarla Delpit, a 3L at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, is the 2012–13 Law Student Division liaison to the Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline. Established in 2000 and housed within the ABA Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity, the ABA Council for Racial and Ethnic

Barry University's VITA Program Honored by Law Student Division

December 01, 2012

ByEileen M. LauxEileen M. Laux, a 3L at Florida Coastal University School of Law, is student editor of Student Lawyer. Barry University has done it again, for the seventh time. Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program was honored by the Law Student Division

In Brief - Practice areas, job hunting, tips for 2Ls.

December 01, 2012

Trying to choose a practice area? Read the paperMaybe you’ve heard it’s a good idea to focus your legal studies so you can create a niche for yourself. But what if you’re not sure yet what type of law you’d like to practice?A post called “Law students—read the paper to

What Does It Mean to Be Entrepreneurial?

December 01, 2012

When Rana DiOrio graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in 1991, she joined the corporate securities team at a large San Francisco firm. A former pre-med major, she “fell into” transactional law while working as a summer associate. “I liked building something versus litigation, which I saw as throwing spears,” she

I Wish I'd Known - Mike Yang

December 01, 2012

By Mike Yang.Mike Yang is general counsel at Pinterst, where he heads the company's newly formed legal department. Previously, he was deputy general counsel at Google. His public service career included positions with the California State Senate and a US congressional committee. Yang earned his JD at UCLA Law School. Embrace

Boston College Student Wins on Jeopardy

December 01, 2012

By Eileen M. Laux.Menchaca passed the test and then faced a live audition a few months later. The live audition consists of another, similarly timed test and a brief “play-through” of a mock version of the show. “I remember feeling hopeful that my audition went well but trying to keep

Lawyer Assistance Programs: Help Is on the Way

December 01, 2012

But lawyering also has its dark side. Lawyers report higher rates of dependency issues, depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses than nonlawyers. The consequences of these sorts of problems are significant for the legal profession: harm to clients, harm to lawyers themselves (who have spent enormous amounts of time and


Becoming a Cost-effective Researcher

December 01, 2012

Unfortunately, however, it’s easy to get through law school with little understanding of the real-world costs of legal research. As a law student, Westlaw and Lexis are virtually handed to you on a silver platter. Your library pays for access, so you never see a bill. Not only that, but

Resourceful Grads Find Great Work

December 01, 2012

If you’re looking for stories that graduates aren’t getting legal jobs, hit the blogs. But I recommend instead considering what you can learn from the gainfully employed. Their stories don’t seem to populate the Internet to the same degree. As noted by a working grad, “When would I have time


Not a Cheater? Are You Sure?

December 01, 2012

Few things are certain. Death, taxes, and the fact that, after you read Robert FitzPatrick’s harrowing story, you will want to ensure you don’t experience the same trauma.FitzPatrick was accused of cheating while studying at The Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Auburn Hills, Michigan.“It was for a research and

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Law School Clinics Provide Real-World Training

December 01, 2012

Clinic Serves the CommunityWalking across the stage to receive her diploma might be only the second-most memorable experience of Larisa Bowman’s graduation day from Stanford University Law School in 2009.Earlier that day, she had received a call from Juliet Brodie, director of Stanford’s Community Law Clinic in impoverished East Palo

Find Some Time for Yourself, Your Family, and Your Community

December 01, 2012

ByAdena LeibmanAdena Leibman, a 3L at Lewis & Clark Law School, is chair of the ABA Law Student Division. It’s hard to believe that it’s already the winter holiday season. Another semester is coming to a close, another round of finals is getting started, and another go at thrifty-yet-thoughtful-creative-gift-giving-on-a-law-student-budget is on