Six Tips For Associate Attorney Work-Life Balance
Many associate attorneys struggle to find a work-life balance. Although it can be difficult to achieve that balance in the legal field, especially at a law firm, it is not impossible. Below, an attorney shares 6 tips for achieving associate attorney work-life balance!
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How might the coronavirus affect swearing-in ceremonies?
As state bar exam results are flowing in, bar exam takers are anxious for swearing-in ceremonies. However, the coronavirus (COVID-19) may halt this process, or at least change its format. It is important to note that every state has different rules for swearing-in ceremonies, so it is imperative that you check your state court’s website for the most up-to-date information.
In this post, we cover some thoughts and information on how the coronavirus might affect swearing-in ceremonies.
UPDATE 5/6/20: it appears most states are holding swearing-in ceremonies online, including Michigan.
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Kim Kardashian shares JD Advising Tiger King-themed MBE Question on Instagram
Kim Kardashian, who has posted about personalized JD Advising MBE questions before, recently re-posted JD Advising’s Tiger King-themed MBE question on her Instagram story. Continue reading Kim Kardashian shares JD Advising Tiger King-themed MBE Question on Instagram
Social Distancing Activity: Legal Crossword Puzzle
With everyone being encouraged to stay home and practice social distancing, we know that boredom may quickly set in for some. As a fun activity, we put together a legal themed crossword puzzle! You can complete it as you feel like it, or time yourself and then challenge your friends to beat your time. Continue reading Social Distancing Activity: Legal Crossword Puzzle
What is the emergency diploma privilege?
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic sweeps the nation, states are adopting the emergency diploma privilege to accommodate canceled bar exams. However, law students and graduates may be unaware of what the emergency diploma privilege entails.
In short, the emergency diploma privilege allows law school students/graduates to practice under the supervision of a licensed attorney. This extends until passing the bar exam.
Here, we dive deeper into what the emergency diploma privilege is and what it means for law students going forward.
UPDATE 4/14/20: The NCBE announced it does not support the emergency diploma privilege. Utah has proposed the emergency diploma privilege.
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Multiple news sites post about JD Advising!
Multiple news sites have posted about Mrs. Kim Kardashian West’s shout-out to JD Advising! Continue reading Multiple news sites post about JD Advising!
Should I go to a public swearing-in ceremony or arrange a private one?
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
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
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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Are you preparing for an interview at a firm or company? Whether you are preparing to interview at a big firm, small firm, pro bono internship, or some other job that is related to the legal field, it is important that you are as prepared as possible for the interview. Below are some important interview tips for law students and those applying to jobs in the legal field.
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September 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
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
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?