First generation law students face a unique set of challenges. They are often navigating graduate school completely on their own without the network or support of some of their peers. Here, we acknowledge many of those demands and offer advice on how to overcome them to ensure that your law school experience is a fulfilling and successful endeavor.
Briana Singson is a rising 2L matriculating into the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She is a current judicial intern through the Judicial Internship Opportunity Program (JIOP) with the Honorable Judge Virginia M. Kendall of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The onset of
Dear Career Advisor: Help! I am in the bottom (or middle) of my law school class in terms of grades. How am I ever going to find a summer internship? Signed, Feeling Low Dear Feeling Low:
Law school students continue to graduate and enter the job hunt, sometimes carrying massive debt, only to find that the job market is not at all what they were told to expect. While some law schools are starting
What are you planning on doing this and maybe the next few summers? If you plan it well, three years of law school can provide you with up to four summers’ worth of work experience in law/related fields. From traditional law firm summer associate roles, to courtroom clerkships,
Admittedly, before I enrolled in law school, I shared the view of many lay people of what lawyers do for work: That is, they go to the courtroom and argue for their clients. It did not take long to realize how skewed that view of the legal profession
The legal job market looks good this year, compared to the preceding ones. The employment rate of new law grads is seeing an increase after a flat market. According to National Association for Law Placement, the overall employment rate for 2016 was 87.5 percent,
Just because classes are done doesn't mean it's time to stop learning. The Law Student Division and Young Lawyers Division are here to help you stay on target with two webinars full of advice on the summer's most common milestones for law students – internships and the bar exam!
For more than 20 years, Equal Justice Works has partnered with AmeriCorps to support thousands of legal fellows and law students who have made a lasting impact on communities across the country. This summer, you can join this network committed to equal justice by serving as an AmeriCorps JD member.
The 1L summer internship is the first time law students step outside a classroom and dive deep into the practical workings of the legal world. It’s time to use whatever you’ve learned in the classroom in real life. Your first internship is a stepping stone towards shaping your legal career. Which is why it’s extremely important to get it right.
There are many possibilities when a partner includes you, the law firm intern, on e-mails. Perhaps he expects a response from everyone. Perhaps he expects a response from senior team members, but not from you. Perhaps others are responding, but they’re not hitting “reply all.” Or perhaps he doesn’t expect or want a response from anyone. The best way for you to know what his expectations and preferences are is to ask.
From a 5-minute conversation at a networking reception to phrasing job entries on your resume to on-campus and callback interviews, your ability to make a good impression can help you land your dream internship or summer associate position and set the tone for your career. In every interaction you’ll have during the hiring process,
It’s 6:30 p.m. and you are at your office desk, responding intently to emails. You feel someone’s stare and look up. Your supervising attorney, briefcase in hand, has paused at your door. “How’s the Martinez matter coming along?” Before you can answer, you hear the dreaded invitation: “Walk with me.”
Ahhh – the smell of interns getting on the Metro in DC means it must be June! Summer has begun, which means your summer internship has just started or if you’ve graduated, a new crop of interns or summer associates are frequenting your office. Our column this month talks about how
Congratulations, you've made it to the judiciary! Well, you've gained a spot in chambers working with a judge as an intern. So ... what will you actually be doing? Prep for your stint with "Making the Most of your Judicial Internship/Externship," a webinar from the Law Student Division and the ABA Judicial Division. Watch
Law students often receive their first practical experience in the practice of law as a law student employee of a law firm. This can be a great experience for law students, but a law student is not a lawyer and what the law student is allowed to do is limited. Our
I graduated from law school this past May, took the bar in July, and was fortunate to land a job as a federal judicial law clerk that started in September. What this really means: I’m no expert on law school curriculum. I do, however, have some sage advice to give
The summer of 2016 is one I’ll never forget. As a law student, I was privileged to be afforded the opportunity to work at my dream job, while also getting to travel Europe – and I have some advice on how you can land a similar opportunity. Over the summer, I
FASPE utilizes the Holocaust as a historical case study of the role of ethics by examining the German legal system during the Nazi regime.
The 1L summer internship is the capstone to the first year of law school. You can finally get out of the classroom and put what you’ve learned to use in actual legal practice.
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Grades are the pizza crust of law school. Some people will spend extra resources making the crust special – stuffed, thin, garlic. Some people will allocate too few resources and end up with too little crust altogether. But regardless of the quality of the crust, it is of little use standing
Perhaps one of the first things people think when considering what a public defender does for a living is: “how can they defend guilty people?” Public defenders deal with criminal misdemeanor and felony cases, and often have hundreds of open cases at a time. These cases range from first degree
Most rising 2Ls and 3Ls interested in film or television entertainment law go for the most coveted business and legal internships in the U.S. – like with Disney, Lionsgate, or MGM. But this summer, I worked for an independent multi-media production company in Dallas, Tx., and I would not change
This summer, I had the amazing opportunity to intern for the State of Connecticut’s Attorney General’s Office. One of the perks that comes with this opportunity, other than the endless learning opportunities and seminars, is the prison tour. Throughout the course of the internship, we as interns have had the ability