Category Archive: Law School Advice

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The Back Nine, 1L Edition

Grades are starting to roll in for 1Ls. Getting your grades from the first semester of law school can be devastating. But I have some advice that might help get you through the next two and a half years.

The first semester is by far the toughest semester of law school. Everyone is working harder than they ever will again — being as yet unbroken by the 1L curve.

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The 5 Things Prospective Law Students Don’t Do But Absolutely Should

Law school is not just a big investment of time and money, it’s a life-shaping experience. To ensure that experience is positive and healthy, there are a few things that any prospective law student should do. There is some overlap between each of these, but that’s to be expected.

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Does networking make your stomach turn? You’re not alone.

I hate networking. It is one of my least favorite parts of the law school experience. And that’s saying a lot. I even hate the word “networking” and especially hate people who talk about “growing their network.” Unfortunately, networking is an essential part of the law school experience, and it is a great way to foster important relationships. If you’re an extrovert who loves engaging with people you don’t know, then this post isn’t for you. This is for my fellow introverts.

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Caveat Scolasticus, or, in English, Student Beware

We told you a few weeks ago about the student that was suing her law school for allegedly misrepresenting employment data. She lost.

My property professor is fond of saying that only deviants litigate, since pretty much everyone else figures out how to fix their problems outside of a courtroom. So what can prospective law school students do short of suing after they’ve already taken a $300,000 plunge?

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Law School Transfer: Solid Plan or Utter Fantasy?

Much like college applications, there are reach, match, and safety schools when applying for law school, and for a lot of people, there’s that one dream school. Things might not work out as planned, though — whether because of a low LSAT, GPA, or some other reason — and you might not get into your dream school. When that happens, some people choose to go to a lesser school than their dream school, while planning to transfer later, and the intake numbers at higher-ranked schools reflect this.

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The Necessity of Law Internships

Look. You could go to law school because you’re a humanities major and that’s just what humanities majors do. Or, you could get some work experience at a law firm before you take the plunge into law school. Law school is not for everybody. Neither is practicing law.

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Where to Find Law School Scholarships

Law school is expensive. Like, really expensive (here’s a cheery article on the subject). Unless you have a treasure trove of hidden cash stashed away somewhere, you are probably going to rely on some combination of scholarships, financial aid, and student loans to finance your legal education. This post is about the first of those financing options—scholarships. In general, students either receive scholarships from their schools or from outside organizations.