Saturday, June 30, 2007

Law School Terminology

When you go to law school there is a whole new vocabulary to learn, no matter what law school you attend. Here's a few key ones.
1L, 2L, 3L: means first-year law student, second-year law student, and third year law student, respectively.
Gunner: the person who always raises their hand, even when not asked a question, is always prepared, and never missed. We love to hate them. Here's an interesting post about
gunners.
Res Ipsa Loquitur: The thing speaks for itself.
Res judicata: Parties in the case are bound by the decision.
Blackacre: Mythological piece of land always conveyed (given away) to some person. It's your job as a law student to figure who owns it!
Jurisdiction: Most simply, the ability of a court to hear a certain type of case. You'll learn about it in Civil Procedure.
SBA:
Student Bar Association. The law school student government.
Tort: Unlike in the real world, a tort (no "e") is a negligent or intentional civil wrong recognized by law as grounds for a lawsuit.
OCI: The system set up for only the top 30% to get jobs, leaving the rest of us hanging. Actually, OCI is the system used at most law schools to allow students to bid on firms they'd like to interview with, the firms choose the students they wish to interview.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Advice for the Jobless

Okay, so I heard about this blog after visiting TopLawStudent.com, but it offerred good advice for those 3Ls graduating without a job. Law Career Blog In your job hunt, you really have to be persistent and apply for jobs regularly and tell EVERYONE that you are looking. Like Law Career Blog said, you can't be too picky for the first job, because it inevitably won't be your last. For those who have jobs on graduation, continue to support and encourage your jobless friends!!!

Another Law Blog for Tips: TopLawStudent.com

I'm not the only blog offering law school tips. In fact many have done it way before me. One such blog is TopLawStudent. You can search the blog for any tips you are looking for from pre-law school to law school and beyond. Check it out!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Tip: Be Aware of and Meet Deadlines

Keeping track of and meeting deadlines is an important skill for a law student and for a lawyer. Use whatever method is necessary to keep track of your deadlines. I use Outlook and I know others who prefer an good, old-fashioned daily planner that they can write in their deadlines. Whichever method you choose, take regularly to write down assignment due dates, homework goals, meetings, ect so you your are on top of your responsiblities. A little organization goes a long way.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Tip: Check email regularly

This post is simple, short, and sweet. If you are a law student, you are required to check your email. It is how professors, professor's assistants, career services, deans's, other students, family, and potential employers contact you and communicate. If you don't check your email regularly, not only are you developing a bad habit and may you miss out on valuable deadlines and opportunities.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Law School from Start to Finish

After you read this, do you still want to go to law school? How Not to Succeed in Law School. This article published in Yale Law Review goes through the process of getting to law school, explaining every year of law school and even concluding with your responsibility after graduation. At the end, the author offers some interesting advice.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Tip: Grades Are Important, but not Conclusive (or so they say)

Some say grades are everything. Yes, it will help you get an OCI interview, yes some law firms won't look at you unless you have a 3.0, and yes it's not fair, but in law school someone has the set the curve and sometimes that someone is you. There are ways to overcome bad grades. Improve your other legal skills (writing, oral advocacy, leadership) and highlights those on your resume and in your interview. When you interview when asked about your grades say this,

"I have tried really hard in law school and done the best I can do. My grades do not at all reflect my potential as a lawyer and I recognize they are only a number. My grades do not define me as a person. However, I have many other skills that do define me as a person and as a lawyer and I think its those skills that will make me a great asset at your law firm, government agency, ect."

Something like that will work and show that you are not lazy, but also recognize that your life does not end and begin with your grades. Now if I could only listen to my own advice!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Bar Exam Flashcards

When studying for the bar, I came across these flashcards. You must have JAVA installed on your computer and for some reason, it worked in Firefox, but not Internet Explorer, at least for me. Anyway, the flashcards seem pretty good for those studying for the MBE. Check them out here: MBE Bar Flashcards
I also found a blog giving general advice for the bar exam. Although this blogger took the Cali Bar two years ago, she provides good study advice, no matter what bar you are taking. Here's her blog: A Girl Walks Into a Bar (Exam)

*Update* I found another place for flashcards. You can sign up for a free account at Flashcard Exchange and be able to search for and print out flashcards for law school classes and for MBE and Essay bar subjects. Amazon also has a few flashcard study aides available for the MBE:  Kaplan PMBR: MBE Review Flashcards, Law In a Flash: Strategies & Tactics for the MBE, Multistate Bar Exam Flashcard Study System.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

To Remain Sane in Law School, find a Hobby

In law school, I tried to keep up with my hobby. I liked to go out to movies, dance, workout, watch tv shows with my boyfriend, that I DVR'd. I made time to do the things that I liked. If you don't you'll easily find yourself at the end of the school year 15 pounds heavier and little less sure of yourself. The memories you make in law school are not made in the classroom or in the library, so go out there, make some memories, do what you love, and keep your sanity!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Tip: How to Make Money in Law school

  1. Sell your law books through Amazon's Textbook Buyback program and/or to your law school's bookstore, if it has one. You can also try Halfprice bookstore, if your city has one.
  2. Get paid to take surveys. You can earn rewards or frequent flyer miles just for giving your opinion! One site that I use regularly is Global Opinions.
  3. Pay your bills or buy groceries/gas using a cash back credit card.
  4. Save 5-10% of whatever income you make in the summer. Put it into a interest bearing saving account, such as the one offered by Citibank.
  5. Sell your clothes, shoes, and accessories to Plato's closet or to a consignment shop.
  6. Participate in online juries used by lawyers to get a sense of how their case will be perceived at trial. Some good websites are juryvoice.com and onlineverdict.com.
  7. Get paid to take surveys, shop, read email at Inboxdollars. You get $5 just for signing up!!!      
                                         
                             
  8.  Improve your writing skills and make some cash!  Enter a legal writing contest; some of them have cash prizes.
  9. Try not to borrow more than you need! I know its hard to resist "free money." But it will save you in the long run.
  10. Get a seasonal job over Christmas break or Fall Break.  Offer to babysit your professor's kids or other law students' children.
  11. You could get a part-time job on the weekends. I know students who worked at gas stations, Starbucks, the computer labs, the mall, Student Legal Services, with a local judge or law firm. Note: Sometimes, if you want to work for a judge or legal services, you have to take Legal Professions first. 
  12. Shop at Ebates and get cash back on your online purchases on several of your favorite retailers.                 
                                             
  1. Have a garage sale or apartment sale or sell items you no longer need on Craigslist. Once, I won a Play Station 3 and I sold it via Craigslist (to my boyfriend's dismay!)  I needed the money and didn't have a need for a PS3!