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Attention MPRE Takers: Here are a few ABA Model Rule Changes to Be Aware Of!

Attention MPRE Takers: Here are a few ABA Model Rule Changes to Be Aware Of!

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) tests the American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules. In August 2018, theses rule changed just slightly! Any changes to the ABA model rules are fair game to be tested one year after they take effect. So the August 2019 MPRE will be the first MPRE that could potentially test these ABA Model Rule changes. Continue reading Attention MPRE Takers: Here are a few ABA Model Rule Changes to Be Aware Of!

High Stakes MPRE

How To Prepare for A High Stakes MPRE

How To Prepare for A High Stakes MPRE

For some students, there isn’t a lot of pressure when they take the MPRE because they can simply re-take it in 3-5 months (depending on what administration they originally took the MPRE).  However, for others, the MPRE is “high stakes”.  For instance, if your jurisdiction requires you to pass the MPRE before you can take the bar exam, or if you have already passed the bar exam and the MPRE is the final hurdle to becoming a licensed attorney, then it is a “high stakes” exam! It is also high stakes if you are taking the MPRE because you have been disciplined by your state authority — it will look much better if you pass the MPRE the first time you take it in that case. In this post, we provide tips for studying for a “high stakes” MPRE!

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Be the Best Summer Associate

3 Tips on How to Be the Best Summer Associate

3 Tips on How to Be the Best Summer Associate

3 Tips on How to Be the Best Summer Associate: You did it!  You worked tirelessly your 1L year and earned stellar grades.  Those grades landed you OCIs.  And, after rigorous screener interviews and callbacks, you secured your dream summer associate position. Time to kick back, relax, and enjoy the spoils of your victory.

WRONG!

Take a little time to celebrate and reward yourself for a job well done.  Have a nice dinner, order extra dessert, and buy that little luxury item you told yourself you’d buy if you landed a summer associate position.  But keep your eye on the real prize. You want to receive a full-time job offer at the end of your summer associate position following your 2L year.  Moreover, for many high achievers, it’s not just about getting a full-time job offer.  Rather, it’s also about making a name for yourself that summer. Ultimately, you want to set yourself up for a long career of success and accomplishments.  So, how do you stand out?  How do you be the best summer associate?  Follow these 3 tips and you will be well on your way to being a shining star!

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OCI Mistakes

3 OCI Mistakes That Could Cost You!

3 OCI Mistakes That Could Cost You!

3 OCI Mistakes That Could Cost You!: For many law students, securing on-campus interviews (“OCIs”) is the whole point of working tirelessly throughout 1L year.   Some see OCIs as even the most pivotal part of law school!  If you can land an OCI with a top firm and then land an offer, you have set yourself up for success after law school.

Many good firms that recruit a summer associate class at OCIs extend full-time job offers to them!  Remember, firms compete with each other too.  And, the firm with a 100% offer rate to their summer associates is seen as a much more desirable firm than the one with a 75% offer rate.  So, the student who gets recruited at the end of OCI season can usually breathe a sigh of relief for the remaining two years of law school because the odds are that he will receive a job offer at the end of the summer after 2L year.  This is very different from the student struggling to juggle job applications throughout 3L year while gearing up to study for the bar exam and worrying about financial security post-law school all at the same time!

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transferring law schools

Five Things to Consider Before Transferring Law Schools

Five Things to Consider Before Transferring Law Schools

There are countless reasons that students decide to transfer law schools after their first year. Many students know they want to transfer to a more prestigious program before even beginning their 1L year. Some students might be looking for a program more aligned with their career aspirations or newfound interests. Others still might need to transfer for personal and financial reasons. Whatever the motivation may be, the process of transferring law schools can be difficult to navigate. However, if you do your due diligence you’ll be better suited to make an informed decision that can transform your legal education.

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How Your Second Year of Law School Differs From Your First

second year of law schoolHow Your Second Year of Law School Differs From Your First

Every year of law school is a unique experience.  Now that you’ve conquered your first, you might be wondering what to expect in your second year of law school.  A lot will be changing, and it’s best to go into this year with your eyes wide open!  In this post, we give you 5 ways in which your second year of law school will differ from your first!

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How To Prepare For OCIs

How To Prepare For OCIs

How To Prepare For OCIs

How to Prepare for OCIs: On campus interviews (or “OCIs”) are a very important time for law students – it can determine where you end up working after law school, and possibly for the rest of your life!  In this post, we provide some tips for how to prepare for OCIs!

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What To Focus On During Your 1L Summer

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What To Focus On During Your 1L Summer

Congratulations on finishing your first year of law school!  You have now completed one-third of your law school journey and have a whole summer between you and your 2L year.  Many students wonder what they should be focusing on during this 1L summer.  While you have certainly earned some time off, there are plenty of things you can be doing to set yourself up for a successful 2L year.  Here are some things to focus on during your 1L summer.

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Understanding MPRE Keywords and Phrases

MPRE Keywords and Phrases

Understanding MPRE Keywords and Phrases

One aspect of the MPRE that students often overlook is how the question is asked.  When students have to re-take the MPRE we often hear that they never realized that the National Conference of Bar Examiners provides a breakdown of the “keywords and phrases” that often appear in the call of the question.  Understanding these keywords and phrases will help ensure you get a passing score on the MPRE!

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