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Personal finance is a difficult issue for most people. For law students, it is even more so as costly tuition and books, unpaid or law-wage employment, and student loan debt make it an unpleasant issue to consider. This article provides helpful advice for law students to plan for long-term financial health by careful budgeting and developing the necessary skills now.
For most law students—and practicing attorneys—networking is a dreaded activity. This doesn’t have to be the case. Here, nine young lawyers provide personal accounts of how they took a chore and made it something they could excel at with ease. These tips speak to using your personality to make networking work for you.
Are you more than just some grades on a transcript? Most employers think so. Academic performance is only a part of the bigger picture that employers look at. In this column, employers from small to large firms and nonprofit and government organizations give candid insights into what they look for in a prospective hire.
Federal and state laws get all the attention. The news media focuses on them. The major legal research databases do as well. Law school teaches them. However, local governments make a significant amount of the laws that impact your daily life—and your future clients’ lives Researching these laws is not nearly as easy or well organized as state and federal laws. This column provides useful tips to get started as a local ordinance researcher.
Following New York’s new requirement to complete pro bono work as a condition for bar admission, other states and the ABA have given the idea serious consideration. This column provides considers all sides of the argument and explores such a requirement’s wider adoption.
Bailey Standish is a law student on a mission to make Aurora, Illinois the best place to live that it can be. While in law school, she has helped found a nonprofit organization to help economically disadvantaged Aurora youth get job training. She has also launched a medical-legal partnership clinic through Northern Illinois University so that low-income Aurora residents can get their legal and medical needs met.
I wish I had known that choosing the path to happiness isn't the risky choice.
Quick looks at whether law school should add a fourth year, law school's ancillary benefits, and what small-firm employers are looking for.
Anna Gil’s coworkers love her so much that they occasionally have to kiss her. A trained research scientist and patent attorney, she traded in her lab coat for Labradors. Instead of lamb’s wool suits, she now works covered in dog hair. She couldn’t be happier. She left the practice of law to run a doggy day care.