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Should You Work During 1L?

The specter of six figures of debt and the desire to gain legal work experience may lead some first-year law students into the job market before their 1L summer. However, the American Bar Association's guide How to Survive the First Year of Law School states that "working outside of school is best avoided during your first year of law school. Read More >

1L Fall: Five Things I Wish I Had Known

Law schools around the country are welcoming their new recruits this week, and I can't decide if memories of the beginning of 1L year fill me with dread (i.e., thank goodness I never have to do that again) or nostalgia (there were so many possibilities! we were so young and innocent!). I experienced so many mixed feelings during that time, and a dominant one shared by me and my classmates was a constant sense of inadequacy. Read More >

How to Land a Job in BigLaw

Law school applicants often face the choice between attending a higher ranked law school at full tuition and attending a lower ranked law school with a partial scholarship. Although it may seem like only a choice between tuitions, choosing the right law school may be even more important than OLs realize. Read More >

On Campus Interview Style--Simplified

With the start of OCI, rising 2Ls are tailoring those resumes and crossing their fingers for interview slots. For those fortunate enough to land interviews, the next step after firm research and mock interviewing is to pick out an outfit. Guys--you have it easy. Dark suit, white shirt, conservative tie. Basically, look like you have it together, get a haircut and be a professional adult human. Ladies--things for you are a little more complicated, of course. Read More >

Brand Yourself to Advance Your Career

By now, most job seekers know that anything posted to social media is potentially available to recruiters, future employers and current bosses. In addition to adjusting their privacy settings and de-tagging pictures of themselves doing body shots on spring break to hide certain aspects of their lives, job hunters and those seeking career advancement can  use social media to create a personal brand showcasing their skills to further their career goals. Read More >

A Law Grad's Worst Nightmare Come True

Day 1 of the bar exam is finally over. After saving the document containing all of your answers to the essay portion of the test, you sigh with relief as you pack up and head home to upload your answers online. But it's not over yet: Day 2 of the exam, the multiple-choice, multi-state portion of the test, starts the next morning. Read More >

Getting Ahead Through Mentorship and Sponsorship

When discussing their career prospects, associates often note that promotion depends on close relationships with the rainmaking or other powerful partners.  Although important, it can often be difficult for minority and female associates to form the right type of relationship with partners. Read More >

What Does the Declining Law School Application Rate Mean for You?

The declining law school application rate did not get any better this year, according to The National Law Journal, which reported that applications are down 37 percent since 2010. The decline between this year and last was eight percent, following double-digit declines in the prior two years. The NLJ quotes University of North Carolina School of Law professor Alfred Brophy as estimating that this year's entering class will be at 38,000, the lowest since 1974. Read More >

The Cold Truth about the Bar Exam

It's the final countdown-the bar exam is one week away. Despite reassurances from your mom that you're "definitely going to pass," the truth is…you might not. And. That's. Okay. Your friends won't judge you, and no one will think less of you. Anyone who has had the unfortunate pleasure to sit for a bar exam knows that the line between passing and failing is as thin as a page in your Barbri review book. The bar exam is hard, people are supposed to fail. Read More >

How to Speed Up Student Loan Repayment in Three Easy Steps

There's no doubt about it-law school grads today are feeling the student loan squeeze. A recent New America study showed that the average law student leaves school with more than $140,000 in loans, the second highest debt burden behind medical degrees.  That's up 63% from just 10 years ago, and translates to a typical monthly payment of $1,611 (at a 10-year term and 6.8% interest rate).  Not an easy load to bear for a decade or sometimes more.  Want to be done with your loans sooner? Read More >

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