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Student Lawyer: Behind the scenes of 'Marshall'

September 07, 2017

Written by a practicing lawyer, a film analyzes the start of Thurgood Marshall’s career. Here, the movie’s star, Chadwick Boseman, talks about his experience playing the larger-than-life character. Student Lawyer's September October 2017 also visits with Michael Koskoff, the writer of the movie.

Chadwick Boseman as Thurgood Marshall

In 'Marshall,' Chadwick Boseman brings the early career of a legal icon to life

September 01, 2017

When was the last time you watched a movie that was both entertaining and edifying to your legal education experience? If your answer is never, have no fear. The movie “Marshall,” released in October 2017, is a biographical film based on the life of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

ABA Law Student Division Competitions

Why I entered an ABA Law Student Division competition

September 01, 2017

Did you know that the American Bar Association sponsors four skills competitions for students nationwide? For the record, they’re the: Arbitration Competition Client Counseling Competition National Appellate Advocacy Competition Negotiation Competition Also for the record, they’re pretty easy to enter. You’ll need to fill out some forms,

Caylan Dunnells

Arbitration Competition: An invaluable three-year tradition

September 01, 2017

The ABA Law Student Division Arbitration Competition was certainly my favorite moot court competition in law school. I competed three consecutive years, during one of which my team won the national title. The first year, I served as a 1L witness, and I genuinely had no idea what to expect. Aside

Client Counseling Competition

Client Counseling Competition: From an excuse to hang out to win after win

September 01, 2017

If you haven’t yet experienced that moment of clarity when you realize you might actually be a great lawyer someday and change people’s lives, then you probably haven’t participated in a law student competition. ABA competitions provide the opportunity to showcase your talent and build your legal resume while having fun—yes,

Mackenzie Drutowski

Negotiation Competition: An opportunity to become a better person

September 01, 2017

I learned about the ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition through my negotiation and mediation courses, which I was taking because I wanted to practice corporate law and thought they’d make me a more effective advocate in a transactional setting. I was loving the classes and professors, so when I

Michael Koskoff

Advice from the Inside: How I love practicing law and still pursued my dream

September 01, 2017

I was admitted to the bar in 1966. Since then, I’ve been a trial lawyer—at first criminal defense and later plaintiffs’ malpractice, product liability, and civil rights. Yet, unlikely as it may seem, after 51 years of practice, a movie is about to be released that I co-wrote with my

Law Library

1L Corner: Your law library is way more than just books

September 01, 2017

In today’s modern world, you may be among the law students who believe the law library is a relic of the past, a giant space filled with books you’ll never use. And honestly, that last bit about never using the books may well be true for some of you. But a

Fleischer

Head of the Class: Beating poverty in Africa, one child at a time

September 01, 2017

Imagine that, in addition to the challenges you face in juggling all your law school activities, you find yourself making calls to Kenya at 3 a.m. or having a Skype meeting with Kenyan lawyers between classes. To Stephen Fleischer, a third-year student at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, this is

Samuel Chang

High cut scores: A bar to the bar?

September 01, 2017

Are the cutoffs for passing the bar too high in some states? The California Supreme Court will soon answer that question. It’s expecting a report this fall on the validity of the California bar as well as deliberating whether to lower the California cut score, which is the second-highest in the

Law School Nation

Law School Nation: September 2017

September 01, 2017

News from law schools across the country including help for 2016 Louisiana flood victims, new degree programs in Hawaii, and welcoming the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center. California A guide to help California’s public charter schools address absences and decreasing parental participation among immigrant families as a result of recent federal policy

2017 NAAC

National Appellate Advocacy Competition: A chance to compete with the best

August 22, 2017

I was a 1L when I first heard about the ABA Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition. It was right before finals in 2016, and I remember receiving an email from our school telling us that St. Mary’s had won the championship. I remember thinking how incredible a feat