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In Brief: Blast from the past, research tips, legal career advice.

May 01, 2013

Blast from the past “An obvious question is whether all of these well-trained and well-qualified law graduates will find suitable professional opportunities. . . .” “In the past year, law students, faculty, and members of the bar have expressed serious concern whether the increased number of law graduates will be able to

Career Expectations Help Guide You to a Successful Student Loan Strategy

May 01, 2013

Part Four of Four in a Series by Heather Jarvis In the final installment of her series, student debt expert Heather Jarvis discusses which student loan repayment strategies best fit your existing financial circumstances and your employment expectations. Law graduates work in a variety of positions earning a range of salaries, and

Response to April 2013’s Article on Gender Bias

May 01, 2013

To the editor: Thank you for the article in your April 2013 issue on the important topic of gender bias in the legal profession.  You identify important elements of that bias, such as “the fact that self-advocacy by women is viewed negatively” and the fact that women often are seen as

Until We Meet Again

May 01, 2013

By Adena Leibman Adena Leibman, Chair, ABA Law Student Division It’s difficult for me to believe that it’s already time for my last Officially Speaking column as chair of the ABA Law Student Division. I hope you know how proud I am to carry that title and that I have cherished and

Liaison Program and Its Success

May 01, 2013

By Dorcas Adekunkle Dorcas Adekunle, a 3L at Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, is a Law Student Division Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates. Do you know what type of law you would like to practice? Do you get fired up about social causes and issues? Are you interested in

Experiential Learning

An Interview with an Administrative Law Judge

May 01, 2013

  Judge Noell F. Allen, administrative law judge for the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, discusses her experiences, including the pros and cons. Judge Allen earned her JD from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. In 2008, Judge Allen made history by becoming the youngest black administrative law

Law Beyond Our Four Walls

May 01, 2013

By Dean S. Douglas. I know what you’re already thinking––it was so much work getting your JD here in the states, why should you even concern myself with much of anything else? That’s fair, but let me offer you this idea––why wouldn’t you want to make yourself aware of the global

Are You Interested in a Career in Labor and Employment Law?

May 01, 2013

By Darrious Baker. The ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law has 25,000 members and is one of the largest sections of the ABA. Section members hold positions in private law firm practice, government, in-house counsel, and unions. Additionally, members represent employers, unions, employees as individuals or in class actions, and

YLD Provides Opportunities for Young Lawyers

May 01, 2013

After spending three to four years as a law student and a member of the Law Student Division, membership with the ABA doesn’t have to stop. The next few years can be spent as an active member of the ABA Young Lawyers Division (YLD). With more than 150,000 members and

University of Oregon School of Law Wins Negotiation Competition in Dallas

May 01, 2013

By Elizabeth A. Gocke Elizabeth A. Gocke, a 3L at Syracuse University College of Law, is the 2012–13 Negotiation Competition National Student Director. The ABA’s Negotiation Competition, now in its 27th year, was held in Dallas in early February. After a long and hard-fought journey, KaLynn Alley and Lara Smith of the

ABA Annual Meeting Is Right Around the Corner

May 01, 2013

The Law Student Division creates opportunities for law students across the country. One such opportunity is the ABA Annual Meeting, where the Division convenes and allows students to partake in Continuing Legal Education (CLE) sessions, attend the ABA EXPO, meet with other

A Novel Path

May 01, 2013

On Emily Giffin’s first day at the University of Virginia School of Law, the dean told new students that law firms would soon be “scattering roses” at their feet, but suggested they choose a path that made them happy, rather than simply the one offering the most money. When spring interviews

I Wish I'd Known - Erwin Chemerinsky

May 01, 2013

By Erwin Chemerinsky. Erwin Chemerinsky is the dean and a distinguished professor of law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. Before taking this position, he was on the faculty of Duke Law School for 4 years and the University of Southern California Law School for 21 years. Chemerinsky

Troubled Past, Promising Future

May 01, 2013

By Eileen M. Laux Eileen M. Laux, a 3L at Florida Coastal School of Law, is student editor of Student Lawyer. Then a teenager, Hopwood is now a student at the University of Washington School of Law. For many people, an 11-year federal prison sentence would likely end any hopes and dreams

Time to Recharge and Renew

May 01, 2013

The summer is the perfect time to rediscover your true self, renew relationships, and return to favorite pastimes before school starts again in the fall. If you are attending summer school for part of the summer or studying for the bar, then use the time wisely before and after those

Do Law Students Become Worse Writers?

May 01, 2013

We’ll stipulate to a loss of writing confidence among many law students. But let’s investigate whether this self-perception of deteriorating skills is an accurate one. Once praised for their writing, some law students find that commendation has turned into condemnation. They wonder what’s happened. Are they now engaged in a fundamentally


Salary Negotiations 101

May 01, 2013

Rule #1: Know Why You Are Negotiating Engaging in salary negotiations simply to conform to preconceived salary expectations or to gain a slight salary increase is needless and may jeopardize an offer of employment. Knowing whether negotiations are warranted takes factual investigation and self-awareness. Some of the right reasons to engage

Uniform Bar Exam

Will the UBE Become the New Standard?

May 01, 2013

By Janan Hanna. The question of where to sit for the bar exam; that last, anxiety-provoking right of passage offering those who pass entrée into the exclusive club of professional lawyers, is a question about which many young law grads agonize—particularly those without job offers. Although significant changes are under way, today,