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Briefing Cases - Learning Legal Interpretation

October 01, 2011

What is the most important lawyerly skill you might acquire in law school? I say it's the art of reading cases knowledgeably––especially cases involving textual interpretation.It’s unfortunate that textual interpretation is largely neglected in legal education. Professor Mary Ann Glendon of has written: “Most of our fellow citizens . .

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Networking: As Important As Ever for Law Students

October 01, 2011

 The recession and non-recovery have made finding that first job out of law school as challenging as ever—and that means networking with potential employers is as important as ever. But many students find the process uncomfortable and don’t know how best to go about it.“When people think of networking, they

(Not So) Risky Business: The Big World of Insurance

October 01, 2011

By Arin Greenwood.Jobs in the insurance industry can be interesting, not to mention remunerative, varied, personally rewarding—and perhaps even available.Before you start thinking this is a good reason to be upset with the career development office, realize this: Insurance-related law jobs can be really interesting, not to mention remunerative, varied,

Time Management for the Successful Lawyer (and Law Student)

October 01, 2011

By implementing good habits in law school, law students will be more productive and balanced while in school, and will also set themselves up for greater personal and professional success.For many, time management practices (both good and bad) are learned in law school and cemented into habit in the early

Circuit Board

October 01, 2011

Vol. 40 No. 2 Compiled byMatthew Gorney1st Circuit Sarah Chervinsky from Yale Law School won the Baylor Law School National Top Gun Mock Trial Competition in June, taking away the $10,000 prize. The competition is by invitation only where advocates from the ’ top 18 competitive schools individually face each other head-to-head

Officially Speaking

October 01, 2011

Vol. 40 No. 2 ByWill BinkleySecretary-Treasurer of the Law Student Division With the new school year in full swing, it is time to get down to business. The ABA Law Student Division encourages students to create and participate in new programs and initiatives that will benefit your schools and communities.The Division’s Work-A-Day

Work-a-Day

October 01, 2011

Vol. 40 No. 2 ByMatthew GorneyDuring the ABA Annual Meeting in , the theme for the year’s Law Student Division Work-A-Day was announced. The theme for 2011–12 is “Civil Gideon: Representation for All.”The focus of this theme is to raise awareness of the issues low-income people face when trying to access

ABA House of Delegates Authorizes Law Student Vote on ABA Board

October 01, 2011

Vol. 40 No. 2 ByMatthew GorneyMatthew Gorney, a 2L at the University of Kansas School of Law, is student editor of Student Lawyer. Although the Law Student Division addressed a number of issues during the ABA Annual Meeting in in August, arguably none was more important than the passage of Resolution 11-3. This

Law as Writer's Fodder

October 01, 2011

Even though she only practiced law for three years, science fiction writer Melinda Snodgrass says she has never regretted going to law school.After graduating from the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she focused on constitutional law and legal history, Snodgrass spent three years practicing law––first at Sandia

In Brief - Nifty online study aid: The digital highlighter

October 01, 2011

Do you do a lot of studying online? If so, do you ever wish you could easily highlight certain passages, just like you can in a textbook? (OK, maybe you don’t—but it sounds cool, right?) In a post called “How to Install and Use Digital Highlighters” at Legal Skills Prof Blog,

I Wish I'd Known - Mary Bonauto

October 01, 2011

By Mary L. Bonauto.Mary L. Bonauto has been the Civil Rights Project Director at Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) since 1990. "Develop and expertise to make a difference," says Mary L. Bonauto, project director at GLAD since 1990. We are a nation that endeavors to continue perfecting itself.—Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Hitting Opponents and the Books

October 01, 2011

Vol. 40 No. 2 ByCandace M. RuoccoCandace M. Ruocco, Saint Louis School of LawJarrett Leiker really packs a punch—and not only in the sparring ring. A 2009 honors graduate from and a 2L at the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law, Leiker is also a nationally recognized martial arts instructor and

Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Statutes

October 01, 2011

While case law has the run of the law school curriculum, statutes are often relegated to secondary status.Don’t get me wrong. Case law is critical for legal research. But law school has an almost obsessive relationship with case law that dates back to Christopher Columbus Langdell and the Socratic Method.