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What Will You Be Doing for Winter Break?

The most stressful time of the year for law students is undoubtedly the final exam period. The good news is that winter break is right around the corner, affording weary students an opportunity to rest, recharge, and prepare for hitting the ground running when Spring semester begins.

So, what are you planning to do during your well-earned break?

While it may be tempting to just veg out in front …

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Striking the Proper Balance When Choosing Elective Courses

The second year of law school has just begun, and for the first time, you’re finally have more control over your class schedule. Going forward, you’ll have more opportunities to fill your schedule with a variety of classes, and it can be a bit overwhelming trying to decide which ones are the best fit for you. You’ve probably heard from upper-level students and even practicing attorneys that it doesn’t really …

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Stop! In the name of law! Resources for Building Your Legal Vocabulary

For 1Ls, part of the challenge of adjusting to law school life is not just coming to terms with the fact that early morning classes are unavoidable, but learning how to communicate in a totally new language. Legal terminology is riddled with Latin phrases and strange-sounding words that look like English, but sound like gibberish. I mean, you don’t see “estop” signs on street corners, after all.

Mastering this …

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Finding a Mentor

"It’s not what you know, it’s who you know."

From the first day of law school, the importance of networking with future colleagues and potential employers is impressed upon students.  Of course, with all the pressures and stresses of that crucial first year of legal study, most students struggle to strike a balance between keeping up with mountains of coursework and nurturing relationships that will be important later on.

One …

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My First Year

I’m frequently asked by readers about what I consider to be the “best” prelaw majors. Conventional wisdom has been that students contemplating law school should earn undergraduate degrees in Philosophy, History, Literature and other similar liberal arts programs. Advisors reason that reading and writing skills are critical in law school and so these degrees will better prepare students for law school.

But in a recent blog post, I wrote that …

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