Free Law School Outlines – 1L, 2L, and 3L

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LawStudent.tv recently starting posting links to web sites with free law school outlines.

Outlines are helpful to review before the semester starts, consult as needed during the semester, and use as study aids during exam preparation.

These internet study aids are not as reliable as commercial outlines, but they’re great for quick access when you don’t have a commercial study aid available.

The CALI Pre-Law Blog – A Favorite of Law Students

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The CALI Pre-Law Blog, my favorite blog, recently published some great articles of interest to law students:

Also, if you have an iPod or enjoy listening on your computer, the CALI Pre-Law Blog has very good audio podcasts for download.

Set Your MySpace Page to ‘Private’

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The recent article, Delete Your MySpace Page, left out an important option: You can set your MySpace page to “private” so only those you approve can read the contents of your page. This seems like a great way that you can keep your MySpace page and stay in touch with friends, while preventing your MySpace page from being seen by potential employers, clients, or the general public.

This is part of a series of articles highlighting Web 2.0 websites for law students.

 

Delete Your MySpace Page

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MySpace.comShould law students delete their MySpace.com page? Like any good law student would say: “It depends.”

If you have a MySpace page, there are some very important questions you should consider to protect your career and privacy.  » FULL STORY

Should I Earn a Law School LLM Degree?

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The Law Career Blog has a series of good articles for those considering earning an LLM degree, or for those curious about why attorneys would want one.

Read the articles here:

Learn more about an LLM degree at Wikipedia.com.

Great list of Law Student & Law Related Blogs

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Recently I mentioned the list of law student blogs here: The Law Student Blogger Directory.

Here is another, larger list, of blogs from law students, » FULL STORY

Law Students, Get a Link to Your Blog Here

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Are you a law student or attorney with a blog?

If so, LawStudent.tv will link to your blog if you post a tip or advice for law students on your blog. This will help law students find your blog. It will also give your blog publicity » FULL STORY

How Law School Students Can Save Money

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Many law students live on student loans during law school. Money is tight.Money

If you are a law student seeking to save money, check out Brian Pedigo’s simple advice with tips that might benefit you: Student Loans: How to Survive on a Student Loan Budget.

Also, consider how to save money by buying your textbooks and study aids online.

Finally, keep in mind that good grades may also have a financial impact. Many schools offer scholarships for students with grades above a certain level. Further, often good grades translate into higher-paying jobs (read more on this here – Why Most Law School Graduates Earn Less Money Than They Expect). The point is, don’t disrupt your academic performance to save money, because it may cost more money than you save.

Does anyone have additional money saving tips? Add them here by posting a Comment.

How Summer Associates Can Increase the Odds of Being Hired

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HiredMany of you are summer associates* currently half way through your summer program. Now is a great time to get feedback because attorneys have had enough time to review your performance, but you still have enough time to improve your performance.

Strategies. Some attorneys may be hesitant to offer constructive criticism. » FULL STORY

Save Money & Time by Buying Law School Books Online

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One way to utilize your time before law school starts in the fall is by buying your books now. Buying your casebooks online benefits you two ways:

  1. Save money by buying online, and
  2. get a head start previewing your books (more on this will be posted soon).

Shipping. Ordering online often requires 2-3 weeks for shipping, so give yourself plenty of time. If you buy right before class starts, you will probably pay full price at the campus bookstore.

Where. I’ve checked textbook prices on a number of websites. But I almost always end up buying from » FULL STORY

Bar Exam Blogs

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UPDATE: For an updated list of bar exam blogs, visit the Bar Exam page.

Are you taking the bar exam this summer? If so, these blogs about the bar exam may interest you. Many are written by students who are themselves taking the bar exam.
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Bar Exam Advice from a Girl Who Took It

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examWant some advice regarding how to prepare for the bar exam? Get it from someone who passed it. This student took the bar exam in the summer of 2005. This article includes 58 tips for students to prepare during all stages of law school:

  1. Ways current law students can prepare for the bar exam
  2. How to prepare during the last semester of law school
  3. Tips for studying just before the bar exam
  4. Advice for during the exam

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How to Get Published in a Law Review – Part 2

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Recently we mentioned an article discussing How to Get Published in a Law Review.

We found another good article on the topic. A former editor of the Columbia Law Review published it: How to Publish Your Work in Law Reviews.

You may also be interested in the Standford Law Review’s Note Writing Guide, in Microsoft Word .doc format or Google’s HTML version.

Why Consolidate Your Student Loans?

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Students are often too busy to worry about loan consolidation. But after graduation, when student loan payments become due, student loan consolidation becomes even more important. Unfortunately, the loan consolidation process can be overwhelming for some. This page seeks to inform students of their options.

If you don’t consolidate your student loans, you are missing out on a number of benefits.

Student Loan Consolidation Benefits

By consolidating your student loans, you can benefit in a number of ways. Most peoople think they should shop for the best interest rate when consolidating their student loans. This isn’t entirely true. All lenders use the same interest rate when consolidating your federal student loans, but some lenders offer discounts once you start paying on your loan.

Student Loan Consolidation Discounts

The student loan discounts include a discount for timely payments over a period of time, such as timely student loan payments for the first six months of your student loans.

Student loan discounts may also include a rate reduction for setting up automated payment from your bank account. These discounts can become substantial over time, making student loan consolidation a popular option for law students after graduation.

Finally, law students benefit from loan consolidation if they have multiple student loans with multiple lenders. It is inconvenient to make payments and receive bills from multiple student loan lenders each month. By consolidating, you can reduce the headache of all this paperwork.

Disadvantages of Student Loan Consolidation

There are a few reasons not to consolidate your student loans.

  1. More Interest Due for Extended Repayment Periods.
    If your loan consolidation allows you to pay less each month, you are probably extending repayment period of the loan, and this may increase the total interest charged on the loan.But you don’t have to extend the loan repayment period when you consolidate. This is merely an option, but you should know the consequences if you choose this option. In short, you can reduce your payments now, but you will pay more interest in the long run.
  2. Grace Period. Borrowers who consolidate in the grace period will lose any grace period that would otherwise remain if they had not consolidated their loan.
  3. Rate Decreases. You would not want to consolidate your student loans if (1) your student loans are on an adjustable interest rate, and (2) that interest rate is going to go down. If the interest rate is going down, you would want to wait until it went down to consolidate your student loans.

Generally, there really is no reason not to consolidate your loans, unless (1) you are within a grace period because you graduated in the past six months or so, or (2) you believe the rates on your student loans will decrease in the future, so you want to wait to lock in at a lower rate.

Student Loan Consolidation Interest Rates

As you might imagine, guessing the rate increases and decreases is part science, part witchcraft. For this reason, many law school graduates consolidate within the first year or two after graduating from law school. It makes sense to lock in a fixed interest rate so you know what you will be paying, reduce the law school student loan bills you receive, and hopefully benefit from some other discounts offered by student loan consolidation lenders.

Student Loan Consolidation Lenders

For law student loans, I use and recommend Access Group because its loans have no fees, plus it offers discounts after graduation for timely payments and automatic payments. I doubt there is a better place for law students.

Of course, there are many quality online lenders that offer student loan consolidation, and I recommend you compare what they have to offer to find the best program for you.

My Student Loans

The U.S. Department of Education offers a website where students with student loans in the United States can see a list of all their student loans. Students with a lot of student loans are often confused about how many loans they have and which lenders their loans are with. This website is a great way to find out what student loans you have and which lender you used for each student loan. Visit My Student Loans to find out more.

Summer Associate Tips for Law School Students

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The Law Career Blog has a good list of “Do’s and Don’t's for Summer Associates.” Here is a summery of its useful tips:

  • Be on time—always, for everything
  • Understand each assignment fully
  • Learn about the assigning partner’s style
  • Explore new ways to clarify the assignment
  • Evaluations of you are largely based on your work product
  • Find a mentor
  • Recognize your summer is only “law practice lite”
  • Pay attention to your gut feelings about the firm

Read the full article for additional insights and ideas.

Start Your Own Law Student Blog

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Thinking about starting your own law school student blog, but not ready to jump in yet?  Consider being a guest writer at LawStudent.tv.  You get your own account and can post tips for other law students (subject to approval in the beginning).  It’s a way to give something back while having fun.

If you are really interested in starting your own blog, leave a comment here.  If at least a few people are interested, I’ll post about how to get started without spending too much time learning the blog world.

Anyone who wants spend some time learning the world of blogging will enjoy this outstanding blog that helped me: Problogger.net.  You can start with What is a Blog or Blogging for Beginners.

Law Student Blog Directory

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Interested in reading other law student blogs? Check out The Law Student Blogger Directory. You can look-up blogs by school and see if your school is represented.

Here are a few good law student blogs:

How to Get Published in a Law Review

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The Concurring Opinions blog has some good advice for students interested in getting their writings published. If this interests you, don’t miss the comments by other readers at the end of the page.

Zimbio – A Live News & Blog Website for Law Students

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ZimbioHere is a new website with a section for law students: Zimbio. It gathers news, blogs, and information of interest to law students. What’s especially nice about it is that as readers rank the information on the site, it “learns” what interests readers and improves the information it displays.

Blog of Interest to Law Students

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Here is a blog that may interest many law students: Legal Underground. I especially liked the Weekly Law School Roundup reviewing notable law student blog posts, the discussion regarding a paperless office from an article written by the same author, and his review of the most interesting posts for the month. The blog covers exams, advice from students, jobs, and much more.

Don’t Start Fall Classes Cold — Get a Head Start

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This is one of the best, little-known tips to getting an advantage in law school that I’ve seen: Listen to lectures for all your classes this summer, and when you enter class this fall, you will already have a general understanding of major concepts, terms, and policies. You can listen to these tapes and CDs while you are exercising, driving in the car, or other convenient times. Then when you start class, you already have an overview of the subject, and you can focus on the finer details of the law, while most other students are trying to understand the general concepts.

The Sum & Substance series by West Publishing is one of the best. (The Law School Legends Series is also good.) » FULL STORY

Reward Yourself & Double Your WestLaw and Lexis Points

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Finals are over.  Are you ready to reward yourself by spending your Lexis and WestLaw points?  Why not get a head start on the Fall semester and double your points at the same time: Both companies let you double your point’s spending-power when buying their study aids.

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