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Student loan debt

December 01, 2015

By Barry Malone BARRY MALONE (barrymalone@yahoo.com) is a writer and lawyer in the Detroit area. With the 2016 presidential campaign in full swing, a growing number of candidates are proposing ways to ease student loan debt. Plus, five smart student-loan tips.  “OVERWHELMING” IS HOW Irene Mo, a 2L

Ban on paid internships removed

December 01, 2015

A proposal to revise or eliminate a ban on student compensation for internships—advocated by the Law Student Division for more than two years—was removed from consideration by the ABA House of Delegates at the annual meeting in August. Instead, the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar announced

May the [Air] Force Be with You

December 01, 2015

By Fabiani Duarte Mercer University— Walter F. George School of Law Chair, ABA Law Student Division fduarte16@lawmail.mercer.edu Working as a judge advocate general law clerk over the past year helped me affirm two things: Combining my law degree with service to my nation is something I want to do. Pursuing a

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

December 01, 2015

By Lt. Gen. Flora Darpino LT. GEN. FLORA DARPINO is the 39th judge advocate general of the U.S. Army and the first woman to oversee the nearly 2,000 full-time judge advocates and civilian attorneys who provide legal services to the U.S. Army. She is a graduate of Rutgers School of Law—Camden

Pro bono leads to a calling

December 01, 2015

Growing up in the projects on the Lower East Side of New York City and watching her immigrant Chinese mother work in the garment industry’s sweatshops—even working alongside her at times— Villy Wang became determined to grow up and earn enough money that her mother wouldn’t have to work so hard. Wang achieved

Debt-reduction panel, 5 wise moves

December 01, 2015

By Josephine Bahn JOSEPHINE BAHN is a 3L student at New York Law School; the vice chair of 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. Start now to build a strong

A soaking leads to an invention

December 01, 2015

By Jordan Glasgow JORDAN GLASGOW, a 3L student at University of Missouri—Kansas City School of Law, is the 8th Circuit governor for the Law Student Division. As Jaspreet Singh began his second year at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, he was not only juggling the demands of classwork and student

The Shingle

December 01, 2015

By Amy Phan Taylor. Not long ago, setting up a solo law practice involved a large degree of baptism by fire. New solo attorneys had to brave a career fraught with uncertainty as necessary skills required for that li ne of work—such as setting up the required paperwork, collecting fees, advertising,

Do you have the right stuff to succeed in PI work

December 01, 2015

By Jared Staver JARED STAVER is managing partner of the Staver Law Group, a personal-injury firm he launched 15 years ago in Chicago. Do personal injury work, they said! It’s Exciting, and you’ll make gobs of money! You’ve probably heard that advice, and it can be true. Personal injury law is a highly

How to dress to your curriculum

December 01, 2015

By Amy Phan Taylor AMY PHAN TAYLOR, a 2L student at Seattle University School of Law, is student editor of Student Lawyer. Here's how to avoid losing a job opportunity because of a fashion faux pas — and even save a few dollars building your wardrobe. Black Capri pants. Animal print strappy heels. Ties hitting

Cameo Joseph: A judge’s perspective on business

December 01, 2015

By AMY PHAN TAYLOR Cameo Joseph, a 3L at the University of South Carolina School of Law, joined a select group of diverse students from across the country to be part of the ABA’s Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program this past summer. Joseph clerked for the Hon. Clifton Newman, a circuit

Writing Style

6 Tips for Developing an Informal Writing Style

December 01, 2015

There will be times when traditional legal writing won’t be the best way to get your point across. Here’s how to write informally and effectively. Picasso famously said, “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” Beyond the formal “rules” for office memos and appellate

Joseph Kammerman: draws essay win

December 01, 2015

By Madison M. Burke MADISON M. BURKE, a 3L at the University of Washington, is the 12th Circuit governor for the Law Student Division. A web of experiences, events, and disputes lasting for more than a century in Sanford, Fla., culminated in the death of Trayvon Martin, and it’s all described in

Your financial future begins now

December 01, 2015

The financial moves you make starting right now in school could affect your lifetime. Here’s how to make the smartest choices now and after you graduate. You may have a limited income as a student, but you still need financial planning skills. In fact, smart money management during law school and

Diana Kim: Sharing ner father’s story

December 01, 2015

By Amy Phan Taylor AMY PHAN TAYLOR, a 2L student at Seattle University School of Law, is student editor of Student Lawyer. Diana Kim’s decision to share her father’s journey of recovery from mental instability and homelessness in a photography blog has had far-reaching impacts on the island of Oahu, where she

Barry’s VITA Program

December 01, 2015

By Marcus A. Sandifer MARCUS A. SANDIFER, a 2L student at Emory University School of Law, is the 5th Circuit governor for the Student Law Division. He sits on the division’s VITA committee. When it comes to the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law reigns

Person holding law school books with gavel.

10 tips for success in your 1L year

November 16, 2015

So you are about to start law school and aren’t quite sure what you got yourself into? One year ago today, I was in your very same shoes, starting my first day of law school. I had reached out to just about anyone that had gone through the law school experience