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Opportunity from Even the Worst Circumstances

December 01, 2013

Cara Esposito attributes her legal career to a dangerously close brush with tragedy. She escaped an attack by a serial rapist. That event introduced her to the inner workings of the criminal justice system. She worked closely with prosecutors on her case, which was work she found that she “loved.”

In Brief: Don’t freak out! But do think about the bar exam

December 01, 2013

If you’re navigating through your first semester in law school, chances are, you’re not thinking much about the finish line. But even though it’s way too early for bar review, writes Lisa Young, director of the bar studies program at Seattle University School of Law, it’s never too early to start

I Wish I'd Known - Pamela Bondi

December 01, 2013

By Pamela Bondi. In law school, I wish I’d known that I would recognize my professional calling immediately when I found it. Even as a 2L, I wasn’t certain that I wanted to practice law. However, that ambivalence disappeared when I enrolled in a prosecution clinic during my last year of law

Head of the Class: Tracing Her Roots: One Woman's Journey Back Home

December 01, 2013

By Melanie Ghaw. Ashley Ray is a passionate advocate for Native American communities. As a 3L at the University of Idaho College of Law, she lives between two Native American reservations. “As an African-American and Native American woman, I have personally experienced prejudice and social inequality,” she said. “I want to

Ethics Webinar - Character and Fitness

The Other Bar Hurdle: the Character and Fitness Requirement

December 01, 2013

Many non-lawyers don’t know that the bar admission process requires new lawyers to pass a character and fitness test before they can practice law and to adhere to high professional standards once admitted. In theory, the character and fitness requirement protects the public from individuals whose past conduct shows they

How Student Loans Affect Your Credit

December 01, 2013

Information about your student loans is reflected on your credit report and will influence your credit score. A high credit score based on a positive credit history helps you qualify for favorable terms on mortgages and other loans. A low credit score can make it hard to get good interest

Take Stock Before the New Year

December 01, 2013

Vol. 42 No. 4 By James C. Manning   James C. Manning is a 3L at the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a representative to the ABA Board of Governors. It is hard to believe that exams and the holidays are upon us once again! The year’s end promises fun, family,

Smart Researchers Save Time by Starting with Legal Treatises

December 01, 2013

“I will not reinvent the wheel.” Say it a few times. Memorize it. Make it your legal research mantra. There’s simply no need to do work that’s already been done. You already have enough to do. In most cases, what you’ll be asked to research isn’t totally new. Someone has

Free Clinic: Gaining Clinical Training Without a Formal Organization

December 01, 2013

Vol. 42 No. 4 By Ed Finkel   Ed Finkel is a freelance writer/editor in Evanston, Illinois. Many law students avail themselves of pro bono opportunities through their law school’s clinic or other internal structure set up to provide such experiences. But what if the demand for pro bono exceeds the supply—or a particular

Leadership Starts from the Heart

December 01, 2013

By Lisa Holton. Jillian Berndt, 3L at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, probably won’t have much trouble adjusting to a busy schedule as an associate once she gets a job. Since her first year, she’s carried a full academic load while serving in officer positions in both her school’s

Stop Squandering Opportunities - Master the Follow-Up

December 01, 2013

Students listen to lawyers present on career panel. The end. Students attend class with lawyer as guest presenter. The end. Students attend a Student Bar Association event and mingle with lawyers. The end. Does your story end with being in the same room as a lawyer and never following up? Ignoring chances to