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Giving Hope to Undocumented Minors

October 20, 2014

By Nicole Israel. For unaccompanied minors, facing a judge is sometimes the final act of a long, treacherous journey. “To think of an unaccompanied child who nine times out of ten does not dominate the English language standing before a judge in a removal proceeding [is] chilling,” said Wilda Rodriguez, a

Heads Up 1Ls: How to Finance Your Legal Education the Smart Way

October 20, 2014

American Bar Association data show that in 2012, out-of-state tuition at public law schools averaged $36,202 per year and private law school tuition averaged $40,634. Factoring in “indirect costs” such as books, housing, board, and health insurance (which can cost between $12,500 and $25,000 per academic year), the

Law Student Division Wins Temporary Victory Against Ban on Paid Externships

October 20, 2014

ABA House of Delegates sends Interpretation 305-2 back to council for reconsideration during the ABA Annual Meeting in August.The American Bar Association’s governing House of Delegates endorsed a number of law school reforms during the ABA Annual meeting in Boston; however one reform was met with heated debate and eventually

Running a Sports Nonprofit

October 20, 2014

When Mary Wittenberg entered law school, she hoped to someday practice law in the sports world. The former college rower was also interested in nonprofit work. But, first, to get some experience, she joined the corporate practice of Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Virginia, after graduating from the University of

In Brief: Does your desk need a “life hack”?

October 20, 2014

Does your desk need a “life hack”? Do you even have a desk? The point is, by now you’re probably settled in to a new school year and new routines. If you also have some new aches and pains, maybe a few small adjustments are in order. As pointed out by Law

Dare to Be a Compassionate Lawyer

October 20, 2014

By Jordan Furlong Jordan Furlong is a consultant, author, and legal industry analyst who tracks the rapidly changing legal market and forecasts its impact on lawyers and clients. He writes about everything legal athttp://law21.ca. “You’re going to learn to think like a lawyer,” said one of my professors in the first week

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Let the Experts Serve You - Starting Legal Research with Treatises

October 01, 2014

Oh, it’s so tempting. You’ve just gotten your first research assignment as a new clerk, summer associate, or attorney. Eager to impress, you jump onto your favorite online research service bent on finding the case that will give your new boss a slam dunk and, at the same time, cement

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

Five Steps to a Successful First CSO Meeting

October 01, 2014

The first semester of law school is a time of transition and exploration. As students settle into new study routines and adjust to new expectations, it is also time to start considering summer job opportunities. It can feel overwhelming to add one more thing to your to-do list, but with

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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

FIFTEENTH CIRCUIT: Taylor Smurthwaite: Presenting on IP Trends in China

October 01, 2014

By Nicole Israel Taylor Smurthwaite, a 3L at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, landed the opportunity to journey to the Far East and present at the sixth annual Chinese IP Counsel Congress. “The conference highlighted China’s prominence in intellectual property, a subject matter traditionally associated with the

Membership Has Its Perks

October 01, 2014

By Kaitlyn Bigoni University of California, Davis School of Law Secretary-Treasurer, ABA Law Student Division kmbigoni@gmail.com As we settle back into the routine of school, organizations, and job applications, I invite you to consider the benefits of becoming more involved in the ABA Law Student Division. The Division provides a number of valuable resources for

THIRD CIRCUIT: Mariel Mercado-Guevara: The Next IP Law Superstar?

October 01, 2014

By Nicole Israel This summer, Mariel Mercado-Guevara, a 4L evening student at Rutgers School of Law—Newark, was one of 25 law students nationwide to receive the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)/Microsoft IP Law Institute scholarship. “We were able to spend the whole week—a one-week immersion—in IP law with in-house counsel members of

FIRST CIRCUIT: Jennifer Henricks and Rita Muse: Helping Free an Innocent Man

October 01, 2014

By Nicole Israel Boston College Law School Innocence Program externs Jennifer Henricks and Rita Muse, both 3Ls, played a key role representing Victor Rosario in his quest for exoneration for arson and murder convictions stemming from a 1982 Lowell, Massachusetts, fire that killed eight people. Rosario spent 32 years in prison before