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Been There, Done That—Stand Out with Practical Training

November 01, 2014

Are you making choices that will keep you competitive in the job market? Legal employers are calling for “practice-ready” graduates who can hit the ground running when it comes to performing on the job. The economics of practice disfavor past-used training structures where new attorneys tagged along to depositions, meetings,

Are Career Services Offices Making the Grade?

October 01, 2014

By Ed Finkel Ed Finkel is a freelance writer and editor based in Evanston, Illinois. Spencer Merk, who graduated this past spring from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, wasn’t shy about squeezing his career services office (CSO) for leads. This proactive attitude separated him from many of

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The Waiting Game - Understanding the Interview Process in Law School

October 01, 2014

While you’re on pins and needles this semester, awaiting word about the permanent job offer you’re hoping for, you can’t help but wonder: What’s taking so long? “Waiting is a source of tremendous stress for students. It can be a long, lonely wait, especially if your classmates already have jobs,” said

In Brief: Announcing the top 10 party . . . law schools?

September 02, 2014

Law school and fun are not always synonymous. Still, the website recently ranked the top 10 law schools when it comes to having a social life. Here’s the list, according to a post there called “ announces the 2014 top law schools for social life”: University of Florida University

How to Rethink Interview Preparation for Alternative Careers

September 01, 2014

There’s nothing new or trendy about law students searching for careers outside the traditional parameters of practice. Lawyers are everywhere, and we have been for a long time. We infiltrate industries, organizations, government agencies, and companies. It makes sense when you consider the fundamental skills and strengths that are honed

New Vice Chair–SBA Sworn In

November 01, 2013

By Nicole Israel Nicole Israel, a 3L at New York Law School, is student editor of Student Lawyer. The ABA Law Student Division elected Joseph Cunningham to serve as Vice Chair–Student Bar Associations, a 3L from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. Cunningham hails from a background of

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

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

In Brief: Too many lawyers? Maybe not

September 01, 2013

Too many lawyers? Maybe not You’ve probably realized that you’re in law school at a time of significant change and challenge in the legal profession and the economy as a whole. But if you’re feeling down, Lee Burgess at Law School Toolbox ( has some encouraging words for you: “[T]here is much

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

GPSolo for Law Students

April 01, 2013

By Sarah Moulder Sarah Moulder, a 3L at Mississippi College School of Law, is the 2012–13 Law Student Division Liaison to GPSolo. The Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division, also known as GPSolo, is truly a diverse organization. Our members work in a wide variety of substantive law areas and in