Should I Attend a Public Swearing-In Ceremony or Arrange a Private One? 

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The swearing-in ceremony is a memorable moment for many new attorneys. It is when you officially are accepted into the legal profession. All that hard work before and during law school and then with the bar exam finally comes to fruition. This post discusses the positives and negatives of a private swearing-in ceremony. Continue reading Should I Attend a Public Swearing-In Ceremony or Arrange a Private One? 

Our Top Legal Resume Tips

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Our Top Legal Resume Tips

Whether you are an experienced attorney or still in your first year of law school, having a legal resume on hand and up-to-date at all times is a smart career move. Your resume might be the first item an employer sees. So, it is important not to appear unprofessional and immediately be out of consideration for the job.

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I Have Been Professionally Disciplined And Have To Take The MPRE

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I Have Been Professionally Disciplined And Have To Take The MPRE

You may be surprised to learn that one of the phone calls we frequently receive is from attorneys who have been professionally disciplined for one reason or another. Often, they are forced to take the MPRE. The great news is that these people usually pass (even if they have never had to take the MPRE before) and if you are in this situation, you can too!

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National Suicide Prevention Week – for Law Students and Lawyers

Mee one sheetsSeptember 7-13, 2015 is National Suicide Prevention Week.  Given the high rate of depression among law students and lawyers, we felt compelled to write a post increasing awareness about suicide and depression.

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 15 and 34. Last year, CNN reported that the proportion of lawyers that were committing suicide was much higher than in the past. In fact, lawyers rank fourth (behind dentists, pharmacists, and physicians – in that order) in the highest per capita suicide rate. CNN also reports that lawyers are 3.6 times more likely to suffer from depression than non-lawyers.  Continue reading National Suicide Prevention Week – for Law Students and Lawyers

How to Become a Judge in Michigan

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Many of my bar exam students have stated that their goal was to eventually become a judge. People who are morally-minded with a sense of justness and fairness are especially attracted to this position of judge. Being a judge is also a great 9-5 job that pays pretty decently and, in most cases, comes with a nice office :)

Each state chooses their state judges differently and each state has different qualifications. In Michigan, the qualifications, according to Article VI Section 19 of the Michigan Constitution, are listed below.  Continue reading How to Become a Judge in Michigan

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Want to Start Your Own Law Firm after Law School?

Are you looking to start your own law firm after law school?

You may be wondering if law school will prepare you to start your own law firm.

The answer is: It can, but you may have to make it a priority to seek out such learning experiences yourself.

In general, law school is theoretical. While practice is, well, practical.  While there are some courses, such as internship classes that allow you to get practical experience, or a clinic, that tends to be the majority of “real experience” students get from law school. Continue reading Want to Start Your Own Law Firm after Law School?