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Politics Careers

Is politics your passion?

January 01, 2017

A Congressional staffer shares his story and offers suggestions on how to build a satisfying career in public service.

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."

Head of the Class: New 'developments' help student keep growing

January 01, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of real estate agents across the country couldn’t weather the 2008 housing market crash and were forced to find other work. But not Nathan Palmer, a non-traditional student and 2L at Arizona State University—Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in Phoenix.

Classroom

Be brave: Take this personal challenge

January 01, 2017

I’m proud to welcome you to this issue, which provides invaluable information about what you can do with your degree while going off the beaten path.

Cincinnati Summit

Going solo: My first division meeting experience

January 01, 2017

I was in a car on my way to the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and I wondered what I was doing. I live in San Diego. What was I doing in Cincinnati? The short answer is that I was attending an ABA meeting for the General Practice, Solo

Free Money

Tuition discounts: The price of free money

January 01, 2017

Law schools are giving away more money to students than ever before. But that’s not necessarily good news for you today or for tomorrow’s law students. Here’s why. Most law students receive some form of financial aid. In 2015, PreLaw Magazine calculated that the average tuition discount for law school was

Law School Nation January 2017

Law School Nation - January 2017

January 01, 2017

News from law schools across the country, including a grant for a domestic violence position, a website targeting the access to justice gap, a new entrepreneurial program, a cybersecurity opportunity, and two new initiatives to combat sex trafficking.

How I spent my summer abroad

January 01, 2016

Updated 1/19/2017: If you're interested in studying abroad, look over your options with our comprehensive law school study abroad directory. Studying abroad is more than a fun jaunt. You immerse yourself in education, network, and achieve personal growth. Here’s what studying abroad sounds like: You travel to a cool location, meet

International Lawyer

Inside secrets from an international lawyer

January 01, 2016

The opportunity to write an article for Student Lawyer on international law and practice gave me a good excuse to ponder the last 35 years of my professional life and share my insights. Here are my thoughts on  the questions you may have about the practice. Q: What does an international

ABA Rule of Law Initiative: Changing the world

January 01, 2016

Some of us may take the rule of law as the rule of thumb. Others are not so fortunate. While some countries operate under advanced justice systems, many societies — and communities within them — continue to face major challenges to the rule of law. Coups and rebellions contribute to political instability,

Letting the ink dry on your new bar license

January 01, 2016

By Kina Kimble. I shut down my life for an entire month. I studied from sunup to sundown to pass the Louisiana bar exam. It was three long days of writing civil law. And I did it the first time! When I received my license, I never imagined I’d be summoned to

Legal research with no down payment: 7 cost-effective research tools

January 01, 2016

By Erin McClarty ERIN MCCLARTY leads a global division legal department at CGG in Houston. She also works with nonprofit organizations and writes about her experiences on her blog Notations on Non-Profits. There’s an unfamiliar topic you need to research. Scrolling through tarot ads and irrelevant search results isn’t appealing. But you

First-year legal writing mistakes and how to avoid them

January 01, 2016

Are you making any — or all — of these flubs many 1Ls can’t seem to avoid? Worry not. You can improve your writing with a few smart tactics. In undergrad, you were a term paper pro. You could crank out thought-provoking three- to five-page term papers replete with resplendent prose

How to be a star performer in the legal world

January 01, 2016

By Pamela Lucy Pierson PAMELA BUCY PIERSON is the Bainbridge Mims Professor of Law at the University of Alabama of Law in Tuscaloosa. Successful scientists were found to have adopted nine work strategies. They’ll be just as helpful in your legal career. Professional athletes who find them­selves no longer affiliated with a team,

Close the book and call the clerk already!

January 01, 2016

By Patricia L. Davidson PATRICIA L. DAVIDSON is a partner in the probate, trust, and fiduciary litigation and the business and general litigation groups at Mirick O’Connell in Worcester, Mass. Life as a lawyer will be a little easier when you get to know the court personnel you regularly see. The good thing about

Carla Lopez Perez: Dreamer dares to dream

January 01, 2016

By John Louros JOHN LOUROS is a 2L at New York Law School and the secretary-treasurer of the ABA Law Student Division. University of San Francisco School of Law student Carla Lopez Perez came to the United States under a visitor visa, but became an undocumented immigrant once the visa expired. She now

Jonathan Wong: Student government in a literal sense

January 01, 2016

By Amy Phan Taylor AMY PHAN TAYLOR, a 2L student at Seattle University School of Law, is student editor of Student Lawyer. It’s probably safe to say Jonathan Wong, a 2L at Brooklyn Law School in New York, is one of few law students — if not the only law student —

Sweet success cooked up with a dash of the law

January 01, 2016

Yael Krigman started baking in law school and had no idea it would lead to a new career. “When I started law school, I wasn’t thinking of baking,” said the founder of Baked by Yael, a bakery in Washington, D.C., known especially for its cakepops —  which are lolli­pop-like sweets made

Know the three things that matter

January 01, 2016

By Tom Goldstein The thing I know now that I most wish I knew then is what matters — and what doesn’t. Lots of law school is important to becoming a good, ethical lawyer. But much of the law school experience is wasted energy. If you can focus on what matters and

'Renaissance man' mentors more successful young men

January 01, 2016

By Amy Phan Taylor AMY PHAN TAYLOR, a 2L student at Seattle University School of Law, is student editor of Student Lawyer. Gerard Truesdale’s desire to be a role model started long before he co-founded Crossroads, a nonprofit dedicated to providing young students with life skills. The 1L at Elon University School

Power of attorney use and abuse captures attention

January 01, 2016

By Josephine Bahn JOSEPHINE BAHN is a third-year student at New York Law School; the vice chair-Student Bar Associations of the ABA Law Student Division; and the law student member of the Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Focusing on power of attorney use and