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Five Tools to Help You Become a More Confident Public Speaker

January 05, 2016

For most people, few things are more stress-inducing than having to speak in front of a group. We all know the old adage that most people fear public speaking more than death. Unfortunately, law students are not immune from these nerves. Whether it is the proverbial 1L oral

Barry Law Serves Up Barbecue and Taxes

April 01, 2015

By Nicole Israel NICOLE ISRAEL, a 4L evening student at New York Law School, is student editor of Student Lawyer . If taxes are one of life’s certainties, then what better way to ease the aggravation than with a good old-fashioned barbecue? Barry University—Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law received an ABA

James Greenwood: Navy Vet on a Mission

April 01, 2015

  By Courtney O. Carroll COURTNEY O. CARROLL is a 3L at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. In recognition of his scholastic accomplishments, James Greenwood, a 3L at Drake University Law School, was awarded the Iowa Taxpayers Association 2014 Linda S. Weindruch Scholarship. The annual scholarship recognizes outstanding accomplishments and educational pursuit

University of Michigan Students Recognized for Sustainability Efforts Through Dow Fellowship

April 01, 2015

Iris Gutiérrez Berríos Iris Gutiérrez Berríos, a 3L at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, is the Law Student Division’s Seventh Circuit lieutenant governor of communications. The Dow Sustainability Fellows Program at the University of Michigan is the forum for graduate-level students to develop sustainability initiatives that have a local-to-global

Kyle Jackson: Scoring a Touchdown in a National Mock Trial Competition

April 01, 2015

By M. Blair James M. BLAIR JAMES, a 3L at the University of Kentucky College of Law, serves as lieutenant governor of communications for the ABA Law Student Division's Sixth Circuit. The Georgia State University College of Law Student Trial Lawyers Association (STLA) has a rich tradition of success in the national mock

University of Manitoba Students Out-Negotiate Competitors

April 01, 2015

By Avery Mayne AVERY MAYNE is a 3L at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and served as national student director for the ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition. The media glorifies lawyers as heroes of the courtroom. Many law students rank the portrayals popular characters such as Atticus Finch, Assistant D.A.

Stetson Law and Mizzou Law Triumph in ABA Arbitration Competition

April 01, 2015

By Nicole Israel   NICOLE ISRAEL, a 4L evening student at New York Law School, is student editor of Student Lawyer .   This year, two sets of champions emerged from the 10th anniversary of the 2014–15 ABA Law Student Division’s Arbitration Competition. Stetson University College of Law and the University of Missouri School of

Make the YLD Your Home Post-Law School

April 01, 2015

By Steven Cometa STEVEN COMETA is a tax attorney from Chicago and is a YLD Emerging Leader and former vice chair of the Law Student Division. The completion of law school brings out several emotions in a student: relief and excitement that the journey of obtaining a JD is over; anxiety from preparing

Create a Networking Master Plan

April 01, 2015

 By Ruth Carter Ruth Carter is the owner of Carter Law Firm and of counsel at Venjuris in Phoenix, Arizona. She was named an ABA Journal Legal Rebel in 2012 and a Phoenix Business Journal 40 Under 40 in 2013. She’s the author of three best-selling books on the legalities

Show Me the Money: Selecting a Loan Repayment Assistance Program

April 01, 2015

Loan repayment assistance programs (LRAPs) help hundreds of law graduates make their required student loan payments. These programs typically provide assistance to law graduates choosing low-paying public-service employment in spite of student debt. WHERE

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April 01, 2015

By Catherine M. Dunn   CATHERINE M. DUNN ( is head of reference services at the University of Connecticut School of Law Library and adjunct professor of law at UConn School of Law in Hartford. When given a new legal research project, do

Judging Your [Online] Relationships

April 01, 2015

By Erin E. Rhinehart ERIN E. RHINEHART is a partner with the commercial litigation firm Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L., which has offices in Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio. It’s not breaking news that, since the inception of social

Making the most of summer plans

April 01, 2015

Law students hope for full-time, paid legal employment for the entire summer. Unfortunately, the final reality may differ for some students because of employers’ budgets, geographic restrictions, competition for limited positions, or other factors. When planning their summers, these students will want to explore a variety of options

Arguing Your Authorities

April 01, 2015

As a lawyer in court, you’ll need two intellectual qualities: a head for the law and a head for the facts. Both are essential. You must be able to apply the right rule with common sense, and you must be able to show the

Isvari Mohan: A Global-Minded Problem Solver

April 01, 2015

By Nicole Israel NICOLE ISRAEL, a 4L evening student at New York Law School, is student editor of Student Lawyer . Isvari Mohan’s list of accomplishments is enviable: a political science degree from UC Berkley; internship opportunities at CERN, the European Organization for European Nuclear Research, Fermilab, and the Center for Study of

Reflecting on a Year of Action and Changes to Come

April 01, 2015

Serving as chair of the Law Student Division has been an incredible journey characterized as one of passion and great respect toward the American Bar Association. This year, we have made great strides as an organization. We have focused our efforts on creating and adopting meaningful legislation that will impact

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Shedding the stigma of mental illness

April 01, 2015

By Sherry Karabin Two years ago, Whittier Law School student Rick Ma began experiencing severe episodes of anxiety and depression. At the time, he was in his second semester in law school and serving as the American Bar Association’s acting Ninth Circuit governor for the Law Student Division. “The biggest problem I was

The boss diaries

April 01, 2015

By Darhiana Mateo Téllez The notion of “being the boss” is not typically synonymous with law students or recent grads. However, law students often encounter their first taste of the rewards and responsibilities that come with taking on a supervisory role while working in summer associate positions, clinics, or clerkships. So,

Look smart this summer

April 01, 2015

Well, anytime, really—but these tips might especially help you if you’re headed off to a summer associate position or your first “real job.” What behaviors help you seem smart—and which ones will sabotage your efforts to make a great first impression? A study reported on

Opening Portals—and Minds

April 01, 2015

By Nicole Israel NICOLE ISRAEL, a 4L evening student at New York Law School, is student editor of Student Lawyer . Visitors could step inside one of the gold-painted shipping containers at a Manhattan gallery and experience something reminiscent of a scene

The Socially Conscious “Chocopreneur”

April 01, 2015

When Shawn Askinosie entered law school at the University of Missouri in Columbia, he wanted to become a criminal defense lawyer just like his father. When he graduated in 1989, Askinosie joined a large Texas firm and handled white-collar crime cases. Three years

Silence Equals Death: Exploring Solutions to Our Nation’s Heroin Epidemic

April 01, 2015

By Lauren A. Rousseau LAUREN A. ROUSSEAU is a professor of law at Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Auburn Hills, Michigan. She serves on the board of directors of Home of New Vision, a nonprofit organization providing comprehensive treatment and support for those