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What You Can Do About the Eric Garner & Mike Brown Grand Jury Decisions

After grand juries declined to indict Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, and NYPD officer Daniel Panteleo for the chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, tens of thousands of demonstrators have flooded streets across the United States to participate in marches and "die-ins" to protest police brutality and racial profiling. Read More >

Can You Believe This Harvard Law Grad?

When I read this headline in my daily ABA Journal email newsletter ("Harvard law grad claims $4 overcharge on take-out food, seeks treble damages in emailed war of words"), I figured it was just another story about an entitled, strung out attorney who freaked out about some small occurrence in their non-legal life and sent an email that may or may not be an embarrassment to the profession. But I found myself intrigued. Read More >

Fool Me Twice: I’m Taking Another Bar Exam, Episode 1

Now that I've survived my first year living in New York City, and don't plan on moving in the foreseeable future, I've decided that it's probably time to take the New York bar exam. Even as a non-practicing attorney, I feel like I should be licensed in the state in which I'm living. At the risk of jinxing myself, I'll be chronicling my journey to the TBD location in New York City to sit for the 2-day exam in a reoccurring series. Read More >

Law School Admissions: Buyers' Market, or Buyer Beware?

Imagine receiving acceptance letters from two (or more!) prestigious law schools but with no financial award package. Tuition at each (or all of them!) is essentially equal. Let's assume you are not eligible for financial aid, but you were hoping for at least one scholarship offer, because you sure as hell don't have the resources to pay tuition. Read More >

How to Spend Your Law School Winter Break

Although law students are likely deep in the throes of exam prep, the glorious reprieve of winter break is coming. Read More >

Be Thankful: BigLaw Bonuses to Increase for 2014

Updated 11/26/14: Cravath has announced and will match the increased amount first announced by Simpson Thacher. Other firms have been quick to follow suit. Happy bonus season and Thanksgiving to all! On Friday there was welcome news on the BigLaw compensation front: firms are going rogue this year with bonus announcements, in a good way. This is the pay boost that attorneys have been waiting for since the post-recession recovery. Read More >

You Just Passed the Bar: Here's What's Next For Your Student Loans

With the July 2014 bar results now published for almost every state (California results will be released on November 21), you may have spent some time celebrating if you made the grade. However, it's not time to kick back and relax if you haven't tackled the small matter of how to best manage your law school loans, which on average surpass $140,000 per graduate. Here's a three-step guide for newly minted lawyers to assess and take control of their graduate student debt. 1. Reprioritize. Read More >

Don't Make these Three Mistakes During Final Exams

Is the Legal Profession Suffering from Brain Drain?

According to the results of the latest bar exam, it is. The National Conference of Bar Examiners announced that scores from the July 2014 multistate test were down significantly from where they were a year prior. In an attempt to explain this drop, the NCBE released a memo written by its president, Erica Moeser, addressed to law school deans across the country. Read More >

1Ls -- We Need to Talk About Your Grades

Hey 1Ls, totally no pressure or anything, but it's November. Have you started outlining yet? You bought those commercial outlines already, right? You do realize exams start in about a month…are you mentally, physically and emotionally prepared? There's a reason that the mention of exams, particularly 1L Fall exams, quicken the pace of law students' already overly caffeinated rapidly pulsing hearts. Grades matter. A lot. Read More >

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