How NOT to Act In a Difficult Deposition

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Some law students may enjoy these humorous depositions purely for entertainment. Others may find them useful to practice their deposition skills. For example, consider whether the attorneys could improve their use of objections to deal with inappropriate questions and comments by other attorneys.

Jamail Deposition
Joe Jamail Deposition

Deposition turns personal and tempers flare

Deposition - Punk'd
Candid Camera Punk’d Deposition
In his first deposition, a new attorney deals with improper sexual questions

    Summer Associate Lessons for Law Students

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    Whether you had the experience of being a summer associate this year or not, you may be interested in the lessons learned by summer associates.

    Graduating Students. These lessons may be useful for new attorneys working under partners.

    1Ls. If you will be a summer associate at a firm next summer, knowing this advice ahead of time will be especially valuable.

    Lexis Nexis posted a “best of” list of lessons learned by summer associates here: What We’ve Learned From Our Summer Experiences.

    How to Seek a Higher Salary After a Low Job Offer

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    If you are a law student who served as a summer associate this year, you are probably waiting to hear if the firm will extend to you a job offer.

    Unlike businesses that post job openings, law firms operate under different rules in the hiring process. One difference is in the counteroffer.

    In business, a job candidate offered a low salary can normally counteroffer by modifying the terms. However, as this Lexis Nexis article illustrates, whether to counteroffer at a law firm is a delicate matter. A proper approach in business may not be appropriate in the practice of law.

    You can read about one student’s mistake making a counteroffer and what he wishes he had done here: The Counteroffer, By Pete Meyers.

    For more information about law job salaries and finding the best legal job for you, visit the law jobs section here at Law Student.

     

    The Best Law Student Resource

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    If you are a new law student with questions about how to brief a case, study strategies, job hunting, and much more, check out this resource. What I liked most about it was how each section was for a different period in law school so that, like LawStudent.tv, you get the advice you need when you need it: The Best Way New Students Can Prepare for Starting Law School

    You Can Spend Your Lexis Points on Amazon.com

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    Did you know Lexis allows you to spend your points* on Amazon.com? Spending your Lexis points on Amazon.com doesn’t double the points’ value (like you would have buying their study-aids from their website), but it does let you buy more products than those listed on their website. For example, you could use Lexis points to buy textbooks, music, or whatever.

    What is the dollar value of a Lexis Point?
    In 2003, the average value of a Lexis point was about $0.015 – $0.017. Read more about how this was determined here.

    *What are Lexis Points?
    As you use Lexis and WestLaw for online research, they award you points that you can use to get prizes. The prizes are incentives to get you to use their service. The hope is you will become so efficient using their service for legal research, that once you get into practice and their service is no longer free, you will continue to use their service. It takes a few months to earn enough points for most decent products.

    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

     

    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

    » FULL STORY

    Three Bar Exam Tips

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    The Audacity blog posted three tips to taking Bar Exam covering these areas:

    1. How to use multiple choice practice questions
    2. Why focusing on outlines, not essays, is important
    3. The value of other friends taking the bar exam

    Read the article here: The Bar Exam Post.
    This was provided by Blawg Wisdom.

    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.

    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:

    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.

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