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Advocacy in the Internet Age

October 01, 2013

By Margaret Littman Margaret Littman (littmanwrites.com) is a writer and editor who frequently contributes to Entrepreneurmagazine, ABA Journal, Crain’s Chicago Business, and other publications. Social media isn’t just for job searches and documenting what you had for lunch. Here’s a look at how lawyers are using Internet banter both in and out

Drake University Students Win ABA Client Counseling Competition; Compete in Scotland

October 01, 2013

By Hilary Campbell Hilary Campbell, a 3L at Duke University School of Law, served as the 2012–2013 Client Counseling Competition National Student Director. As a lawyer, you’ll be expected to have a certain level of practice area-specific knowledge readily available. A day will come when a client sits down in your office

Opportunities Abound with Law Student Division

October 01, 2013

By Ryan Meyerhoff I hope you’re peacefully settling into another school year. Here at the ABA Law Student Division, we’re developing some great programs and events that are sure to benefit you, your campus, and your community. There is funding available to host a first-time event or program. The Division’s Grant Program

Three Keys to Managing Student Loans

October 01, 2013

Although law school is expensive and most law students graduate with significant student loan debt, reducing the costs that are within your control, choosing federal over private loans, and understanding your repayment options will go a long way toward successfully managing your debt. Ideally, your total debt would be less than

A better-prepared generation than ever before

October 01, 2013

By Dennis W. Archer Dennis W. Archer is chairman emeritus for the law firm of Dickinson Wright. He is a past ABA president and State Bar of Michigan president. He served on the Michigan Supreme Court from 1986–1990 and was mayor of Detroit from 1994–2001. At its core, the legal practice hasn’t

NAAC Features Skilled Advocates, Tight Competition

October 01, 2013

By Alyssa Levine Alyssa Levine, was the 2012–13 national student director for the Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition. Suzanne Taylor, Ashirvad Parikh, and Reagan Marble were lucky enough to argue before a Federal Circuit Court of Appeals Judge while still law students. “Most lawyers never have that opportunity and I

JD to ESQ to CEO

October 01, 2013

Robert Musslewhite decided to attend law school because he thought he’d enjoy being a trial lawyer like his dad. “I thought courtroom action was interesting and I thought it would be an interesting education. I was one of those crazy people who thought law school would be fun,” he quipped. He

In Brief: Developing a thick skin

October 01, 2013

One more thing to work on: developing a thick skin “As a first-year lawyer, all kinds of people are going to tell you that you aren’t very good at what you are doing,” writes solo lawyer and blogger Sam Glover. “In fact, they will keep telling you that for years.” That may

A better-prepared generation than ever before

October 01, 2013

By Dennis W. Archer Dennis W. Archer is chairman emeritus for the law firm of Dickinson Wright. He is a past ABA president and State Bar of Michigan president. He served on the Michigan Supreme Court from 1986–1990 and was mayor of Detroit from 1994–2001. At its core, the legal practice hasn’t

Counseling Combat Vets

October 01, 2013

By Nicole Israel Nicole Israel, a 3L at New York Law School, is student editor of Student Lawyer. The past decade saw the greatest number of young combat veterans in a generation. The difficulties Iraq and Afghanistan veterans experience reintegrating into civil society have been widely publicized. Some of the problems plaguing

Making the Case for You: Professional Interviewing Skills

October 01, 2013

Fall is traditionally on-campus interviewing season in law schools. But these days, most law students don’t get jobs through on-campus interviews. And many students may not even participate in the process. Solid, professional interviewing skills are essential to your job search whether the interview is on or off campus, or

Restatements: An Influential Secondary Source

October 01, 2013

Nobel laureate Niels Bohr once remarked, “It is difficult to predict, especially the future.” Such was the case with Proposition 8 and the Restatement of Agency at the end of the Supreme Court’s latest term. Few likely foresaw that a Restatement would feature prominently in the back and forth between

Rejection Hurts, the Opportunity That Comes with It Shouldn’t

October 01, 2013

Rejection is something most students only flirt with from afar before law school. A legal job search tends to change that. Few students navigate a legal job search without becoming intimately familiar with the “thanks-but-no-thanks” letter. And then there are the silent rejections, which are arguably even more painful. You

INCubator-Style Programs Growing Among Law Schools

October 01, 2013

By Ed Finkel. Pedro Rivera remembers meeting a representative of a New York City tenant’s association for a building that had been written up for about 50 code violations. A 2004 City University of New York School of Law (CUNY) graduate, Rivera wasn’t sure he could handle the case on behalf