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Tommy Sangchompuphen: Seeking Help Shows Strength

January 01, 2022

I suffer from depression and have had instances of suicidal thoughts. I’ve had to live with those challenges since I was a young child. Fortunately, I’m alive today, doing well, and as happy as I’ve ever been. But the journey to where I am today hasn’t always been


What I Wish I'd Known: Judge Roy Ferguson

December 01, 2021

I wish coming out of law school I’d known how a lawyer’s professional life could be impacted by their personal behavior. When I was in law school, social media didn’t exist. Phones didn’t have cameras. Vehicles didn’t communicate with satellites. And people didn’t voluntarily carry

Roberta Kaplan

I Wish I'd Known: Roberta A. Kaplan

March 01, 2021

When I graduated Columbia Law School in 1991, women made up 21 percent of the legal profession. As I entered the profession, it was common for a male attorney to have never worked with a female colleague. As a result, I often wondered: Could I

Barbara McQuade

I Wish I'd Known: Barbara McQuade

November 01, 2020

If you want to do something, don’t wait to be asked. The invitation may never come. I’ve seen lawyers make this mistake again and again. They believe that if they’re highly qualified, someone will come and tap them on the shoulder to offer them business,

Joe Cunningham

U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham: Know the real issue

September 01, 2020

In your first year of law school, you learn a method of legal writing known as IRAC—issue, rule, analysis, conclusion—as a framework to guide your work. Some schools have slightly different outlines, but their essence is the same. It’s relatively straightforward. Start your essay by

Dennis W. Archer

I Wish I'd Known: Dennis W. Archer

April 01, 2020

I was a tenured teacher with the Detroit Public Schools teaching learning-disabled students. A teacher I was dating persuaded me to consider law school. I took the LSAT and applied to law school. I taught school during the day and started evening classes at the

Stephen Dillard Investiture

I Wish I'd Known: Judge Stephen Dillard

November 01, 2019

I was a bit of a late bloomer. I did well enough in high school and college, but I didn’t get serious about my study habits and career goals until law school. So when I arrived in Jackson, Mississippi, in the blazing-hot summer of 1993, I was terrified

Jeff B. Cohen

I Wish I'd Known: Jeff B. Cohen

October 01, 2019

After a challenging start in the law, former child actor Jeff B. Cohen successfully combines his love of entertainment with his law degree.

Leah Litman: The law hasn’t yet achieved parity

March 01, 2018

Parity between men and women in the legal profession is an aspiration. It’s not reality, at least not yet. I wish I’d have understood that in law school because hearing that there’s parity when there’s none can be maddening.

I Wish I'd Known: Put away your ladder

January 01, 2018

Up until now, you’ve been climbing a ladder. You got good grades in high school, which helped you get into a good college. Then you worked hard in college so you could get into a great law school. Now you’ll be tempted to view law school as just another ladder. You’ll

Mark Geragos

I Wish I'd Known: Mark Geragos

January 01, 2017

Mark Geragos: "My experience shouldn’t simply demonstrate that it’s possible. It should also demonstrate that there’s a higher calling in this practice."

Student Lawyer: Civility in the Profession Issue

Student Lawyer: Civility in the Profession Issue

December 08, 2016

The November/December 2016 issue of Student Lawyer carries this one message: You can be civil and succeed as a lawyer. We teach you how to contend without being contentious, how to navigate office politics without alienating your co-workers, and update you on the DREAM Initiative and the Law Student Podcast.

Gloria Allred

Gloria Allred: Follow your instincts from the start

December 01, 2016

I Wish I'd Known By GLORIA ALLRED. Throughout my legal career I’ve taken what I’d call educated risks and followed my instincts. If I hadn’t done that, my life would have been very different. Early in my career, Judge Arthur Alarcon, for whom I clerked in law school, told me, “Gloria, you shouldn’t

Alan Dershowitz

I Wish I'd Known - Alan Dershowitz: Be wary of representing acquaintances

September 01, 2016

Alan M. Dershowitz says: "Although I learned a lot of theory from great professors, law school didn’t prepare me for the rough and tumble of practicing criminal law, particularly defending people accused of some of the most heinous crimes. One thing I didn’t learn, and wish I had, was how to deal with acquaintances or friends who ask for legal help."

I Wish I'd Know - Alli Gerkman: Start Building Your Network Now

September 02, 2014

By Alli Gerkman. My grandmother is an immigrant with barely a sixth-grade education. She is also one of the smartest people I know. What she lacks in academic accomplishments she more than makes up for in hard-earned lessons about survival and life. She is sparing in the praise she gives those

I Wish I'd Known - Kathlynn Smith

May 01, 2014

By Kathlynn Smith. Kathlynn Smith is a partner at Hunt Ortmann in Pasadena, California. She specializes in construction and general business litigation. Kathlynn has successfully represented owners, developers, contractors, and subcontractors in a wide variety of matters relating to contract administration and construction claims. She places a particular emphasis on construction claims

I Wish I'd Known - Pamela Bondi

December 01, 2013

By Pamela Bondi. In law school, I wish I’d known that I would recognize my professional calling immediately when I found it. Even as a 2L, I wasn’t certain that I wanted to practice law. However, that ambivalence disappeared when I enrolled in a prosecution clinic during my last year of law

I Wish I'd Known - Brad Meltzer

November 01, 2013

By Brad Meltzer. Brad Meltzer is the author of eight New York Times bestselling novels. He hosts Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel. He received the Eisner Award for his work on the critically acclaimed Justice League of America. His newest works are History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of