In Brief

Vol. 40 No. 2

 

Nifty online study aid: The digital highlighter 

Do you do a lot of studying online? If so, do you ever wish you could easily highlight certain passages, just like you can in a textbook? (OK, maybe you don’t—but it sounds cool, right?)

 

In a post called “How to Install and Use Digital Highlighters” at Legal Skills Prof Blog, James B. Levy mentions two different companies that offer this handy product—complete with demo videos. (Levy is an associate professor at Nova Southeastern University School of Law.)

Presumably, just like with actual highlighters, these won’t bleed through onto the next page.

 

Need a mentor? Here's how to make a match

Maybe you’ve heard that you need a mentor to help you succeed in law school and beyond. But maybe you’re not the type who feels comfortable approaching random, high-powered lawyers—assuming you even know where to find them.

How can you take some of the stress out of the process of finding a good candidate and asking him or her to mentor you?

Start with your own interests and background, suggests Kimber Russell, social media manager for Kaplan PMBR, in a post called “Finding a Mentor” at Beyond
Hearsay.
Is there a particular area of law that interests you? Do you think you want to go solo right after graduation? Think about your ethnic or cultural background, your gender, and your sexual orientation, too. There are mentoring programs, many of them through bar associations, based on all of these factors and more.

In case you don’t make a good connection this way, Russell also spotlights a new mentor matching site called LegalMentor.com, which she says offers free membership for law students. Maybe your Mr. or Ms. Right Mentor is there waiting for you now!

 

No sentence diagramming, just quick help with grammar questions

Chances are, you’ll be doing a lot of writing this year. And if you’re a 1L, it’s possible you’ve just realized how long it has been since you last studied grammar.

At his Legal Writing blog, Wayne Schiess, director of legal writing at the University of Texas School of Law, offers some grammar resources handpicked for lawyers and prospective lawyers. See his post, “Sources on Grammar,” for some reference book recommendations; if you need help right away, here are three websites he mentions:

Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab
The Tongue Untied
Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl

 

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