I’ve gained 5-10 pounds since starting law school. And probably another 5 pounds of muscle has been replaced by fat. As a third-year law student, I am in the worst shape of my life. And I am not consoled by the fact that the finger I use to click a computer mouse is stronger than ever.
According to other law students who have blogs and those I see at school, I am not alone. It’s probably because I spend the entire day sitting and reading. Are you also suffering from law school weight gain disorder (yes, I made up this term)? Read the rest of this article »
Law school teaches lawyers a lot of valuable skills — but those skills rarely include marketing. This is somewhat surprising considering the vital role that marketing plays in client acquisition. How are you at marketing yourself? What can you do to improve? Read the rest of this article »
A brave law-student-to-be (she is starting law school and motherhood about the same time) offered some useful tips about how law students can save money when buying software. Especially noteworthy are some of the software prices you can get with a student discount — for example:
- Microsoft OneNote 2007: $44.95
- Adobe Creative Suite: $389.95
- EverNote Plus: 29.95
She also notes that shipping is free.
In addition, she mentioned some good suggestions for ways potential law students can save money by taking advantage of Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (LRAP).
Many third-year law students are seeking employment for after they take the bar. Second-year law students may be hoping to line up a summer job. Even 1Ls should see if they can find a law-related job for this summer. This means now is the perfect time to prepare your job application packet and apply to jobs before your semester gets too busy.
For general advice on resumes, cover letters, and interviews, the University of Georgia School of Law has a good list of tips. Also, I found these instructions for writing a legal cover letter useful. Finally, here are some sample cover letters.
You may also enjoy Georgetown’s Graduate Professional Development FAQs and LLM Resource Manual. Although they are for LLM students, most of the advice is equally applicable to law students. For international LLM students, the University of Virginia Law School has a shorter handbook with tips and advice.
Additionally, most law schools have a career services office with many resources — so visit them if you haven’t already.
Top law school rankings are provided by a number of law school ranking organizations. U.S. News is one of the most popular ones. However, Read the rest of this article »
Law school is a great adventure. Law school is also a challenge. New readers to Law Student may want to know what law school tips and advice are available to them here. Read the rest of this article »
If you are taking the bar exam, here is a great tip from Legal Andrew: Get a free credit report to assist you in remembering the past 10 years of your personal information (home addresses, etc.). Visit Credit Report Aids with Bar Application for more information.
Law school students in England may enjoy this daily online magazine for law students: consilio. It is published by a London company that sells online courses for LLB and GDL students. The magazine includes free information as well as information exclusively for subscribers.