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Fictional lawyers face all manner of ethical issues. While exaggerated, those situations present law students, and practicing lawyers, with valuable hypothetical examples. Acknowledging the element of drama intentionally inserted, fictional lawyers can still teach valuable lessons. This article looks at some of the more memorable—and egregious—fictional lawyers of recent years.
Law school is a social and cultural world unto itself. Like all societies and cultures, it has its own set of norms and rules. Understanding and employing proper etiquette will help you succeed. This article provides tips to navigate law school etiquette.
Corporations are increasingly eyeing the bottom line. Some corporations have stopped paying law firms for what amounts to new or junior-level associates’ training. Instead, there are now opportunities for new lawyers to enter directly into in-house counsel positions. This article examines ways to find or create such positions.
In the writing seminars I teach for practicing lawyers, I frequently ask how many don’t know what passive voice is. In a group of 100 or so, typically one or two will fess up. At least 98 percent will claim to know what passive voice is. Then I’ll give everyone a pop quiz consisting of only two sentences: the lawyers have to say whether there’s a passive-voice verb in either one. Only about 30 percent get the answers right.
By choosing study aids wisely, students can reap the academic benefits without overspending. How do you know what study aids to buy—if any? Remember that study aids complement your own hard work. They are not shortcuts to avoid serious studying. This article provides tips to choose well.
Talilia Lewis found her calling while interning at a public defender’s office. She was intrigued by a deaf man’s case. After further investigation, she believed that he was wrongly imprisoned for murder. The man did not have access to an interpreter and the investigating officers didn’t understand how to communicate with the man. Following that experience, she founded a nonprofit organization to educate the deaf about and advocate for their legal rights.
Listening is one of the great superpowers.
Tips to choose opportunities wisely, be a Google-savvy researcher, and look your best.
Whittney Fruin spent seven years as a lawyer solving client's problems. It was a process she very much enjoyed. Now, she helps lawyers solve their problems as a life coach.