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5 Secrets to Being Top of Your Class in Law School | By the #1 Law Student

5 Secrets to Being Top of Your Class in Law School | By the #1 Law Student

If you are looking to be at the top of your class in law school, pay close attention to these five tips by a student who graduated #1. These five basic principles will help you succeed in law school from day one so you can accomplish whatever you set out to do!

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When To Start Studying For The MPRE

When To Start Studying For The MPRE

When To Start Studying For The MPRE: Many law students ask us when to start studying for the MPRE.  The MPRE is something that many law students tend to (or at least want to!) ignore until it is too late.  The assumption is that the MPRE is easy enough that they will be able to study sufficiently at the last minute.  While this is possible for some students, we don’t recommend it!  It is far too tempting to take success on the MPRE for granted. This approach can cost you in the long run!  The MPRE tests a lot of information and you need time to learn it.

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Top Five Law School Myths…Debunked!

Top Five Law School Myths…Debunked!

Maybe you’re thinking about going to law school and you’re doing research to see if it’s a good fit for you.  Or maybe you’ve already been accepted to law school (congratulations!) and you want to know what to expect. Either way, remember that you can’t always believe everything you hear.  A lot of information about law school is greatly exaggerated—or in some cases, completely inaccurate.   In this post, we identify and debunk five of the top law school myths!

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OCIs During COVID-19

What Will OCIs During COVID-19 Look Like?

What Will OCIs During COVID-19 Look Like?

OCIs are an important part of many students’ law school career. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, many students’ summer 2020 positions were altered or even eliminated. Now the questions many students and employers are asking is: Will OCIs during COVID-19 be delayed? And: What will happen with future hiring for next year? This post will attempt to shed light on these questions, but keep in mind that the answer may vary between schools, legal markets, and employers. Continue reading What Will OCIs During COVID-19 Look Like?

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Do You Need Business Cards In Law School?

Do You Need Business Cards In Law School?

When you begin networking as a law student, you will likely notice a common trend: almost every attorney exchanges a business card. The practice of exchanging business cards has become as commonplace as shaking hands for an introduction. This can lead many law students to believe that if they want to be successful they too should get cards. This post discusses the ins and outs of business cards and whether it is a tool that law students need. Read further to see our thoughts on business cards in law school!

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What To Do During Your 2L Summer Of Law School

What To Do During Your 2L Summer Of Law School

As a traditional law student at a three-year law school, you have two summer “breaks.” The first is between your first and second years of law school (your “1L summer”). The second is between your second and third years of law school (your “2L summer”).  Obviously, your summers are a time to take a break from the pressure of case briefing, the Socratic method, and issue-spotter exams.

However, you should also treat your summers as valuable learning opportunities.  In fact, your summers can effectively function as additional law school “semesters” where you can begin to apply your legal training to practical, real-world situations.  We’ve discussed in another post what you should focus on during your 1L summer.  In this post, we’ll offer some advice for law students trying to decide how to spend their 2L summer.

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Loan Repayment Assistance Program

Loan Repayment Assistance Program For Law Students

Loan Repayment Assistance Program For Law Students

If you are choosing which law school to attend, you have multiple factors to consider. You may look at the classes offered, or clinics available, or the school’s location. But one of the biggest considerations in choosing where to attend is the cost of attendance. If you are thinking of taking out student loans, make sure to ask about the school’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP). Many schools have an LRAP that helps students pay off their student loans. LRAP is especially helpful if you are planning on pursuing a public interest career.

Before you pick a school, ask the financial aid office these 6 questions about the LRAP.

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8 Tips For Public Service Loan Forgiveness

8 Tips For Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Are you interested in pursuing a public interest career after law school with the government or a nonprofit? Law school graduates in public interest do important work that benefits society, whether as prosecutors, public defenders, legal aid attorneys, or non-lawyers. If you are interested in public interest work and plan on taking out loans for law school, make sure you understand the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (PSLF). PSLF is a federal program that forgives your student loans if you work in the public interest.

In this post, we’ll go over 8 tips on PSLF.

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Externship In Law School

Is Taking An Externship In Law School Right For Me?

Is Taking An Externship In Law School Right For Me?

While externships have been growing in popularity in law schools across the country, many students still do not know what externships are or how externships can benefit students. An externship is often an internship during the academic year for course credit. Students should check with their counselors because each school runs externships differently. For instance, some externships take the place of all coursework during the semester while other programs may have students work while also attending a reduced number of classes.

Either way, there are benefits and disadvantages to taking an externship in law school which we’ll discuss in this post.

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Advice For Your 2L Summer

The 4 Best Pieces of Advice For Your 2L Summer

The 4 Best Pieces of Advice For Your 2L Summer

Your second and final summer during law school is undoubtedly an important one.  If you feel a little nervous thinking about how best to use this chunk of time, that’s okay.  In fact, your nervousness is a good thing because it means you appreciate the importance of using this time well! We are here to help calm your nerves by giving you the best advice for preparing for your 2L summer.  So get your pencil and paper (or keyboard and Microsoft Word document) ready and let’s get started.

NOTE: If you’re curious how the coronavirus will impact your summer 2020 summer association position, check out our thoughts here.

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The 3 Best Pieces of Advice For Your 1L Summer

The 3 Best Pieces of Advice For Your 1L Summer

You just finished your last 1L final exam, and you are E-X-H-A-U-S-T-E-D.  All you want to do is take it easy this summer because heck you deserve at least that much after what you put yourself through 1L year! We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we will be because we care about you and your future success!  You cannot take it easy 1L summer!  No way, no how. There is much to be done, and we are here to give you the 3 best pieces of advice you’ll ever receive for your 1L summer.  Follow this advice to complete everything you should over the all too short 1L summer.

NOTE: If you’re curious how the coronavirus will impact your summer 2020 summer association position, check out our thoughts here.

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How to prepare if your summer class might be canceled

How to prepare if your summer associate program might be canceled

How to prepare if your summer associate program might be canceled

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be some uncertainty about whether your summer associate program might be canceled. This is due to news of summer classes being canceled, shortened, delayed, postponed, and going virtual.

If your summer plans are working at a firm, this post will give you some tips on how to prepare in case your summer associate program is canceled.

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