Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

I just wanted to wish all of you a very happy and blessed New Year! Good luck in this upcoming year and thanks for reading!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Tweet and Get $5 Amazon Credit

I just got a $5 credit for instant movies and TV shows @amazonvideo and you can too! Just click Tweet and Get $5! What movie will you download? I recommend Elf.  It's a movie we like to enjoy each year for Christmas, but you can check out other deals for Amazon Videos on Demand.


Save Money on Groceries and Online Shopping

One thing I regret about my life in law schools is that I did not look for ways to save money as often as I should. I rarely clipped coupons or used coupon codes when shopping online.  Now that I'm working and live on a budget, these two things are extremely important to me.  I subscribe to the Sunday paper to get the coupons, I print coupons online at coupons.com, and I use online retail sites that save me money like http://www.ebates.com, http://www.retailmenot.com, and http://www.couponchief.com .

I  was recently asked to review CouponChief.com, so I decided to check them out and let you all know what I think.  CouponChief.com offers over 50,000 coupons for over 15,000 stores. You can search for coupon codes at your favorite online retailers. For instance, I was able find Target coupons and Borders coupons.  Although I didn't like that I couldn't copy and paste the coupon codes, but I had to click on the link to activate.  Normally when I shop online, I buy something through Ebates in order to get the cash back rewards and then check to see if there are any coupon codes available for the retailer. I like when I can copy and paste rather than click through a link to receive the savings.  When you go to the Coupon Chief's main page, it does display a list of popular online retailers and those seem to have the codes that you can copy and paste, its only when I search for my favorite retailers that the codes aren't visible.   Actually, it must depend on the retailer, because when I searched for Amazon and Kohls, it displayed actual codes that you can copy and paste.  

Bottom line, Coupon Chief is a great alternative or supplement to other coupon code sites. It is a great way to save money while shopping online.  It is very easy to search for retailers and most of the places I searched were available.  Combine it with Ebates to save even more money!



Disclaimer: Couponchief.com offered a  modest compensation to me for taking  time out of my busy schedule to provide my honest opinion of their website.  The thoughts expressed above are completely my own and are my honest opinion.  

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Expand Your Knowledge and Network with Continuing Legal Education

Taking a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) course while you are in law school is a great networking opportunity.  It is a great way for you to explore an area of law that you might be interested in and be in a room of lawyers who are practicing in that same area.   Many states offer CLEs for free or at reduced rates for law students.  When you go, try to introduce yourself to a few of the attorneys, explain that you are in law school, and are interested in that particular area of law.  They will they be impressed by your proactive nature and you can also use that opportunity to set up an informational interview.    My state is offering a CLE about becoming a solo practitioner that is only $25 law students (it costs almost $300 for attorneys!)

Search your state's "Continuing Legal Education" office to find out about local CLE opportunities.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

I love Candles

I love candles (to give and to get).  Print out these coupons for Yankee Candle Company. They expire December 25th (Although I'm pretty sure the malls are closed on Christmas Day, so you have until Christmas Eve.)  Now that finals are over, you have time to shop till you drop!

Mistletoe Yankee Candle 22 oz
Mistletoe Yankee Candle

Friday, December 17, 2010

Free Coffee at Borders

Here's a free cup of coffee from Borders to help you get through the last of your finals. Its valid today, December 17th only!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Traveling over the Holidays?

If you are traveling over the holiday and need to stay in the hotel, you can get 3.5% on your hotel stay by accessing hotels.com via your Ebates account.

Ebates Logo 120x60

It's really easy.
  1. First, log in or sign up for Ebates.
  2. Search for Hotels.com
  3. Click on "Shop Now"
  4. Search for your desired location and dates
  5. Look for coupon codes on Retailmenot. 
  6. Book your hotel and in a couple days look for the 3.5% reward to show up on your Ebates account. 
  7. You can also rent a car with Budget or Enterprise and get more savings on your vacation! 

    Time to work on your Resume

    As I mentioned in a previous post, Christmas break is a great time to work on your resume, cover letters,  and summer job applications. If any one wants any tips or suggestions on their resume, feel free to ask.

    Also check out these job sites for options outside law firms:

    www.careerbuilder
    www.monster.com
    www.hotjobs.com
    your state government website
    www.usajobs.com
    www.craigslist.com (yes I know people who were able to get an attorney position via a posting on craigslist!)  
    www.lawcrossing.com

    More Christmas Gift Ideas for the Busy Law Student

    Only a few more shopping days before Christmas! Give your busy law student the gift of Netflix and Roku. PC World has named the Roku as one of 2010's Hottest Holiday Tech Gifts. This device connects to your TV and to the Internet to deliver movies and TV shows from Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu–directly to your TV! How convenient is that. Right now if you are a first time subscriber, you can get $20 off a Roku Player! Just click on the link and look for the "Roku Coupons" link on the bottom of the page. Some people even cancel their cable bill and go only with Roku and Netflix.

    Speaking of which, you can't get the Roku without giving the gift of a Netflix subscription. Netflix members can instantly watch unlimited movies and TV episodes streamed over the Internet to PCs, Macs and TVs. Additionally, members will get DVDs mailed to them and when they are done they just put the DVD in the red envelope, drop in the mail box and new DVD is sent again in a few short days. It's that easy! There are gift subscriptions for 1, 2, 3, 6 and 12 months.



    Wednesday, December 15, 2010

    Networking

    Networking is not just an in person activity anymore.  You can network online (and be aware of your online presence, because that is another way that future employers and colleagues can judge you).   Linked In is a great way to connect with current students during and after law school. You can also check out this previous post for more information about Linked In.

    You can also join Linked In groups of your law school or undergraduate university to connect with others who share your collegial affiliation.  Use those connections to your advantage as your network during law school and after you graduate.  I use it now to connect to hundreds of alumni and former co-workers.
    You can also ask your supervisor and colleagues to recommend you.

    Lastly, you can search for jobs or ask those in your network to connect you with people in their network.  You might use these networks to set up informational interviews to learn more about the firm or organization that you want to work in. More information about preparing for an information interview can be found here. During an informational interview, you are interviewing the person and getting more information about their work and the organization you work for.  Feel free to bring the questions with you, as well as, a copy of your resume and personal business cards.

    I also agree with the advice given on the career website mentioned above. Ask the person you are interviewing if there are others that they suggest you talk to and ask if they mind you using their name when you contact that person. I did that numerous times when I was in law school.  But you don't have to be a law student to do an informational interview. If you are thinking about transitioning into another career or area, it might be a good idea to do a couple of informational interviews to see if that is someplace you might want to work.

    Tuesday, December 14, 2010

    Featured

    My blog has been featured on Paralegal Certification's list of the Top Law Blogs!   Check the website for other law-related blogs that might be of interest to you.

    Just had to share

    I just had to share this deal with my readers.  Through December 15th, get an Aeropostale Belted Fur-Trim Puffer Coat for $25 with this coupon!

    Great Lawyers of Which We Should All Be Aware

    There are several individuals who made such an incredible impact on the judicial system of this great nation and others, every law student should be aware of their contributions.  Please check out this posting about 12 Great Lawyers Every Law Student Should Study.

    Saturday, December 11, 2010

    Redbox Groupon

    Check out this great deal from Groupon. $1 for Three DVD Rentals from Redbox - $3 Value! This offer expires December 14th, so get yours before its gone!

    Buy it for yourself or use it as a stocking stuffer!

    Another Gift Idea: Restaurant.com Gift Certificates

    If you are a member of Ebates, you can save a ton of money and give a nice gift too. Right now, you can get 15% back on a Restaurant.com gift card and also save 80% with the promotion code JOY.
    1. First sign in or sign up for Ebates. New members will get $5 for signing up (minimum order of $25 before the credit appears on your account).
    2. Search for "restaurant.com" 
    3. Click on the link that says "80% off any order - $25 Gift Certificates for only $2 at Restaurant.com. Code JOY (Exp. 12/12/2010)"
    4. You can order gift certificates for yourself to your favorite restaurants or order gift cards to give to friends or family as Christmas gifts.  Your gift card recipient will use the redeem their gift card online  for restaurants in their area and then print the dining certificates.  You can search by zipcode to get an idea of which restaurants accept the gift certificates.
    *If you ever have issues with your rewards taking too long to credit to your  Ebates account, you can email Customer Care with information from your order's confirmation email and they will usually credit your account right away.*
      Happy Shopping!

      Tuesday, December 7, 2010

      Supply and Demand: the case against law school?

      This relatively recent Slate article, discusses the fact that law schools are accepting more law students than can be reasonably expected to get jobs after they graduate.

      Was this a consideration for those of you in law school or is this a consideration for those of you thinking of applying? Just bear in mind the fact that you are more likely to make less than $50,000 than you are to make over $100,000, with a debt burden equal to a pretty decent mortgage. There are some federal and state-funded loan forgiveness for those who go into public interest, which will help with those loans. Some law schools also offer assistance; please contact your Financial Services office to see if your law schools offers such programs.  Below is more information about additional loan forgiveness options.

      •  The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 created new loan forgiveness options.  For more specific, please check out the following sites:  www.equaljusticeworks.org , www.finaid.org , and www.ibrinfo.org.
      • Individuals, under certain income caps, who pay  interest on a student loans may be able to deduct up to $2,500 of the interest paid.
      •  Some Federal agency employees might be eligible for loan repayment assistance. For more information, check out the Office of Personnel Management's loan assistance website: www.opm.gov/oca/pay/studentloan/index.asp.



      Monday, December 6, 2010

      Good luck on Finals

      Good luck to all the law students who are taking finals over the next two weeks! I wish you all the best. Don't forget to sell your law textbooks and study guides through Amazon's Textbook Buyback program once you are done with finals! 

      For those of you who need a study break, don't forget to do your online shopping at Ebates. Check out Retailmenot before you check out to see if there are additional discounts or promo codes in addition to this cash back. Also if you are new to Ebates, you will also get an additional $5.00 cash back after your purchase of $25 or more. The rewards are credited to your account about 3 to 4 days after your purchase or you can always email customer service if its taking too long to get your rewards.There is a daily and monthly double cash back rewards: Here is the  Daily Double Cash Back  and the new December Double Cash Back stores:

      • Ann Taylor Loft: Now 6% (was 3%)
      • Harry & David: Now 8% (was 4%)
      • Kodak Gallery: New 20% (was 10%)
      • Lands End: now 6% (was 3%)
      • Kohl’s: Now 4% (was 2%)
      • Ice.com: Now 8% (was 4%)
      • Godiva: Now 8% (was 4%)
      • Macy’s: Now 5% (was 2.5%)
      • Nordstrom: Now 5% (was 3%)
      • Eddie Bauer: Now 6% (was 3%)
      • Entertainment Book: Now 35% (was 17.5%)
      •  Sears: Now 4% (was 2%)
      • Lowes: Now 6% (was 3%)
      • Gap: Now 8% (was 2%)
      • North Face: Now 8% (was 4%)
      • Old Navy: Now 8% (was 2%)
      •  Ebay: Now 3-7% (was 1-3%)
      • Barnes & Noble: Now 8% (was 4%)

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      Wednesday, December 1, 2010

      Law School Sweethearts

      I thought the First Couple met in law school, but turns out I'm wrong, they met when Barak was a summer associate at the law firm Michelle worked at. Theirs isn't the first legal romance! I met my husband in law school and so did several of my classmates. I'm sure many of you will end up marrying the person you are dating in law school. However a few of the romances sizzled and did not end up in holy matrimony. I think dating in law school isn't a real reflection of dating in the "real world". You see the same 50 people every day in and outside of class (or at least I did!) and after awhile they start to look good! Luckily for me, a friendship bloomed into a relationship and eventually a marriage. But our relationship after law school looked a little different after graduation and the stress of law school was over. It does help being married to someone who understands what going to law school was like, but its hard for either of us to win an argument!

      I'd love to hear your thoughts on dating in law school!

      Saturday, November 27, 2010

      Last Chance: Amazon FREE $3 Credit In MP3 Downloads! {thru 11/29}

      This is your last chance to get $3 for MP3 downloads. I ordered 3 songs last week and uploaded to my Ipod for my workout!

      Go Here and enter promo code: GET3MP3S

      Tuesday, November 23, 2010

      Applying to Law school

      I recently had the opportunity to review someone's law school application.   Here are some do's and do nots to consider when writing those entrance essays.

      Do mention what attracted you to the legal profession.
      Do pick a theme and stick with it. "I want to attend law school because I am interested in proving legal service to those who cannot afford it."  Your essay then should support this theme of social justice.
      Don't say that you want to go to law school to make a lot of money or allude to the fact that you want to make a lot of money.  Do I really need to explain?
      Do provide examples of why you would make an excellent law school candidate and ultimately a great lawyer.
      Do highlight what makes you stand out from other candidates, especially if your LSAT scores or grades aren't within the average for the school. If you are coming to law school from another profession, focus on how that will be an asset to you in law school and to the legal profession.

      Do explain discrepancies in your resume and spin in a positive light.  For instance,  you could write, "My grades are a more accurate reflection of my ability to succeed in law school.  I maintained a 3.75 GPA while volunteering for a pro bono legal clinic and tutoring students at  nearby elementary school. My desire to attend law school grew out my volunteer service, because I saw that there is a need for all individuals to have excellent legal representation."
      Do mention why you want to attend the specific law school (s) you are applying to.  "I was attracted to your international law program and really want to take the course in global commerce law and apply to be on the Journal of International Studies"   or "I really want to practice in X city and am excited about participating in one of the clinics that are available at this law school in order to get practical experience"   You get the idea. 

      My last piece advice is to have someone review your essay and look over it for grammatical errors.  I think a poorly written law school essay can hurt a candidate more than a well-written essay can help.

      Christmas Gifts for Law Students and Lawyers

      What do you get for that law student or lawyer who has everything? Might I suggest a mug that reveals the winners of landmark cases, the scales of justice, or even law school in a box!   I also came across a nice tan leather portfolio. Personally, I would love an Apple iPad!   We'll see what Santa brings this year!  What's on your wishlist?  Also did you know that  you can give $1 MP3-Themed Amazon.com Gift Cards to 5 of your Facebook friends and get $5 in Amazon MP3 music downloads for yourself (while supplies last)!!  Now that's a gift that gives back :) Lastly, if you like to do most of your shopping online (busy law students have no time to shop, you should be studying!!), check out Ebates which gives you cash back on many online retailers. For instance on Cyber Monday, I ordered some gifts for my family and got double cash back! I've already made over $20 and will have some more cash by the end of next month.

      Here are other suggestions for great law student gifts:

      Kindle 3G Wireless Reading Device
      Lugging heavy books might be a thing of the past if more law school publishers offered their books on Kindle! Until then you can download your favorite books to read during your "free time"! 



      Keurig 35 B30 Mini Personal Single-Serve Brewing System 
      The Keurig is a great for the law student who needs a cup of coffee every day and doesn't like wasting coffee. K-cups come in many flavors and there's no waste. Just put your cup or travel mug underneath, add your coffee cup and brew. You have a cup of coffee in less than a minute.

      Apple iPod nano 
      Every student needs something to drown out the silence of the library or the chatter of 1Ls! Plus you can import your study aides and bar prep materials and listen as you walk to class or on a treadmill. 
      Just Dance 2 
      When you can't study anymore, take a break and Just Dance! This is a fun Wii game for a group of people to do on the weekends or to use to keep in shape and avoid gaining weight in law school!



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      Lawyers in Non-Legal Positions

      Many attorneys decide to work in non-legal positions. Sometimes it is by choice and sometime it is by chance!  Nevertheless, the legal degree is very versatile. Considers jobs in policy, government, lobbying, human resources, and conflict resolution just to name a few.   Where I work there are several licensed attorneys who are working in non-legal positions.  And when I was interviewing for jobs, the fact that I was a licensed attorney was attractive to the potential employers.   So make that degree work for you; if you decide you don't necessarily want to work in a law-related career, think about how you can market your degree and experience in another field. Emphasize your research and writing skills, analytical and detail abilities.  But you will have to acknowledge areas where you lack substantive knowledge and indicate your eagerness to learn.
      You might also want to check out this really great on the topic article entitled "Lawyers Can Have an Edge in Non-Legal Jobs" and this book Nonlegal Careers for Lawyers.

      Friday, November 19, 2010

      Think about your Law School Debt in Law School (Not After!)

      Many attorneys do not end up in big law firms making six figures. Many of us make modest living and have the burden of enormous loans.  You can make that debt burden easier by limiting how much you borrow (if you have that option and flexibility).  A recent ABA Journal article discussed that it will be difficult to pay back six figure debt on five-figure salaries.  One of the commenters said he was able to manage his debt even though his family is not "rich", but that it does mean certain sacrifices. If I had to do it all over again, I would have managed my money better in law school and reduced my law school loans by the amount of money I made in the summer, instead of treating loans like free money.     Doing well in law school doesn't guarantee a job (doing poorly doesn't mean you won't get a job either) but you do have to be realistic and plan accordingly, especially "in this economic state."   Also refer to this older post about how to make a little bit of money in law school (every little bit helps!!)

      Wednesday, November 17, 2010

      Law school tips

      One blogger says "Law school is not Las Vegas—what happens in law school does not stay there"!  The lastest post from the Lawyerist offers tips on how to succeed in law school, including getting to know your professors for future references requests, manage your studying time efficiently, and get practical legal experience. 

      One of the comments to the above post leads me to this question. If someone is giving advice about law school, does it matter where they went to school or how well they did? Does it matter that they attended a top-tier law school and graduated and passed the bar.  What level of success does a blogger need to have credibility.  One last question to think about, what about the person who is more successful after law school than they were in law school. Does that add to his or her credibility? 

      Tuesday, November 16, 2010

      Holiday Deals at Starbucks

      When I was in law school, I think I pretty much had Starbucks coffee flowing through my veins. For those of you who like your daily cup of joe, Starbucks has a couple of offers coming up for the Christmas season:


      BOGO Free Holiday Drinks: This is offer running between 11/18 – 11/21 and must be purchased between 2-5pm at your local Starbucks. 

      12 Days of Offers: Text 12DAYS to 29943 to sign up for Starbucks 12 Days of Offers.  Starting 12/1, you will receive, via text, one offer per day for 12 days.  Remember, Text Messaging Rates Apply.



      It's almost Thanksgiving, which means its time to almost finals time.  Time to start outlining (if you haven't already) and condensing those notes. Hopefully the Starbucks coffee will keep you going when you are up late studying! Also is anyone else excited about the new Starbucks Via flavors? Cinnamon Spice, Mocha, Vanilla, and Carmel can now be yours!

      Monday, November 1, 2010

      This is Not the Career I Ordered!

      This Is Not the Career I Ordered: Empowering Strategies from Women Who Recharged, Reignited, and Reinvented Their CareersSome of you might already read the blog This is Not the Career I Ordered.  Caroline's blog offers great advice for women in all different careers. I regularly read her blog and I just found out that she's releasing a book!  I can't wait to check this out! She says on her blog that "[w]hile the book is targeted for women, the advice and action steps are just as applicable to men."   So check it out and let me know what you think!!

      Saturday, October 30, 2010

      Get some tunes for studying!

      Get a free $3 MP3 Download credit at Amazon when you enter code STUDENT3 at checkout. Many entire albums are just $3.99! You can also see a list of 100 Albums for $5! Search Amazon.com for MP3 Music Downloads for your Ipod or favorite music player.

      What is your favorite type of music to study to?  When I was studying for the bar. I ripped barbri CDs to my Ipod and listened to it while I walked or got ready in the morning.

      Friday, October 29, 2010

      Black Friday Deals on Amazon!

      Starting today at 9:01am EST, Amazon is kicking off the first of their weekly Pre-Black Friday Gold Box Deals leading up to Black Friday. For instance for the next two and half hours or until it runs out you can get a Roku HD-XR Player for $60!  You can stream Netflix and Amazon on Demand!  Check for Black Friday Deals and other holiday deals! You can also get $3 in MP3 Downloads!

      It's time to take a study break and shop!!

      Friday, October 22, 2010

      Win a $500 Groupon Gift Card!

      I love Groupon! I've been able to save money on restaurants, spa days, even clothing with Groupon!  Anad I just found out about  how you have a chance to win a $500 Groupon Gift Card in the Real Simple Unbeatable Deals Sweepstakes!  Good luck!!

      Wednesday, October 20, 2010

      Laptops can be Dangerous!

      Some students have learned the hard way that excessive exposure to the heating pads on a laptop can lead to skin discoloration.  So please be careful when using your laptop to study and take note and preferably use a lap desk to prevent discoloration of your skin!

               
      On an unrelated note, here's a picture of my lovely pink laptop!  I should follow my own advice, I often sit on the couch with my little Vaio on my lap.

      Monday, October 18, 2010

      Ready for Christmas Shopping?

      When I was in law school, I didn't even think about starting Christmas shopping until my last exam was over and I was at home.  But with online shopping, you can start your holiday shopping a bit earlier and save some money as well!  I wanted to tell you about Ebates, a shopping site that gives you up to 26% Cash Back every time you shop online. You can shop at over 1000 stores  including eBay, JCPenney, Macy's, Nordstrom, Overstock.com, Walmart, Kohl's and Home Depot. Plus you get additional savings with exclusive coupons,
      free shipping offers, and limited-time sales! Sign up with Ebates today and you'll a $5 bonus when you make your first purchase!

      Happy shopping!!  I just ordered some gifts for my hubby :)

      Friday, October 15, 2010

      Is being called a "token" racist?

      Is calling someone a "token" a racist comment in some contexts?    Duquesne Law School is facing this issue in a recent suit.   A candidate for deanship was ultimately not interviewed because the provost did not want to did not want to advance a 'token' for further consideration."  What bothered me though was a statement that another member of the selection stated. He said that the candidate should receive a "courtesy interview" because he was a minority candidate and the school was committed to diversity. Seriously, I don't believe a school that is "committed to diversity" would only give a qualified minority candidate a "courtesy interview."  So I'm not sure what's worse not being given an interview because he was perceived as a token or possibly receiving an interview based only on his minority status.  I believe in diversity, but I think its racist to assume that a minority candidate is not as qualified as a white candidate or that a minority candidate should only receive a courtesy interview. If Duquesne really valued diversity, it would consider all qualified candidates, including minority candidates.  Also there are tangible benefits to have diversity in staff and leadership at a law school. It's not just about having a diverse student body that will be prepared to provide legal services to an increasing diverse population, but its also about having diversity in front of the future leaders of the legal profession. 

      Tuesday, October 12, 2010

      Blogs to Help You Through Law School

      My blog is featured in 10 Blogs to Help You Through Law School  which lists other blogs that offer advice to prospective and current law students.  

      I still have to review Beat Law School: Unconventional Advice for Current and Future Law Students, but below is book that I read before attending law school.  I also recommend Guerrilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams for great job advice.  Kimm Alayne Walton actually came and spoke when I was a law student.  She has some really good and practical advice in her book.

      The JD Jungle Law School Survival Guide


      Tuesday, October 5, 2010

      If You Don't Want to Take the Bar Exam....

      Recently, the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the bar exam waiver for graduates of Wisconsin Law schools.  You might want to consider attending one of the two law schools in Wisconsin if you really dread that two-day fun fest, better known as the bar exam (and don't mind living and practicing in Wisconsin for a few years)!   Actually I was admitted to the University of Wisconsin law school and visited their campus.  The admissions office made me a tempting offer, but I ultimately decided to go to a law school in the state in which  I wanted to live and practice. 

      The diploma privilege leads to the question of whether passing a bar exam really qualifies one to be a competent attorney and if it doesn't, what does?  If each state law school adopted a diploma privilege, what would that mean for recruiting out-of-state students to attend the law school?  I'm just thinking out loud here, but just wondering the implications if other schools adopted this policy.

      Friday, October 1, 2010

      Free gift on your Birthday

      I like to sign up for free samples. It is sort of a hobby of mine. I also sign up for a blog that will send me a link for a free sample of the day.  I craeted an alternate email address that I use for signing up for these samples so I don't get a bunch of spam.   Additionally, there are some companies that will give you free stuff for your birthday!  Who doesn't like free things on your birthday? When you join Aveda's Birthday Program you get a free full-sized product on your birthday!

      Thursday, September 23, 2010

      Advice for Attorneys Trying to Transition Into Other Jobs

       This blog, Attorneys in Transition offers great advice from practicing attorneys. The topics range from resume suggestions, salary negotiations, and applying for job.  The guest bloggers practice in Chicago, but their advice is not regional. Check it out!

      Tuesday, September 21, 2010

      Book Reviews

      I was recently contacted by two authors who want me to review their books:  Law School Fast Track: Essential Habits for Law School Success (will be released in January) and  Beat Law School: Unconventional Advice for Current and Future Law Students.

      Once I finish reading these books, I'll provide my opinion. Also if any of you have checked out the second book, which is already published, please let us know what you think.  

      On an unrelated note, I think I will post soon about using your law degree in a non-legal career. For instance, I don't practice law but still use my legal skills in my current work.  In this economy you have to be creative and flexible. Not everyone wants to be at a firm or in the legal practice, but there are opportunities out there for those with a J.D. I'll think on this and post more about this topic soon!




       

      Thursday, September 9, 2010

      Questions?

      Feel free to email me questions you have about law school or life after law school.  I can only speak from my personal experience, but for what's worth I don't mind offering my advice.  My husband is also an attorney so I can always pull him in for some additional perspective.   I will post questions and answers on my blog in an upcoming post. 

      Tuesday, August 24, 2010

      Starbucks

      In law school, I visited Starbucks at least once a day.  It was a great place to study, meet friends, and get a quick afternoon pick-me-up!   But all those visits can add up!   I like the new VIA Ready Brew Packets, because you can save some money and still have the delicious taste of Starbucks. Just pour hot water and the packet into your travel mug and head off to class.  The other day while I was at Starbucks, I tried a sample of the new VIA iced coffee. This stuff is delicious, especially on a hot day.  For all you students returning to law school or starting classes soon, think about ordering some from Amazon along with your books!


      Thursday, August 19, 2010

      Thank You Notes after an interview

      When it comes to thank you notes, a handwritten note will trump an email any day of the week. Taking time to carefully write a thank you note to each person that you interviewed with will make you stand out amongst the rest of the candidates.  Take the advice form this blogger. Also for those of you who are worried about your handwriting, I have a couple of suggestions.  First of all, print and write very carefully. Practice on a piece of paper before you write on the card.  The other option is maybe to have a friend who has neat handwriting write the card for you. I don't really suggest the latter though.  You can also type out a nice note, similar to the format of your cover letter if your handwriting is too horrible to be read by a human eye. If your handwriting is that bad though, you might want to become a doctor instead!  ;)  Check out my other posts regarding interviews here.

      $25 for $50 worth of clothes at the Gap

      Today's Groupon is for half off at the Gap. You only pay $25 for $50 worth of apparel at Gap. This offer is available in several cities, so check it out. It doesn't expire until November 19th, you can save it and use it for Christmas gifts or to buy yourself something special! It cannot be used at Banana Republic or Old Navy though. But you can use it on sale items!! :)

      Friday, August 6, 2010

      Save Money on Textbooks

      It's August, which means that classes are starting soon for law students! I know I would dread the bi-annual trip to the bookstore to buy books so heavy that I seriously considered getting one of those rolling backbacks!   Well you can save yourself a trip to the campus bookstore and some money by getting your  law textbooks and study guides on Amazon. You can search by Title, Author, or ISBN. So once you get your schedule and booklist, check out Amazon's textbook store to see if you can save some dinero! You can even sell back your old textbooks  at the end of the semester! Lastly students can join Amazon Student and get FREE two-day shipping for one year!

      Search my blog for "book" or "study tips" for other postings about recommended law related books! 

      Thursday, July 29, 2010

      Free Museum Ticket

      Saturday, September 25th is Smithsonian Magazine’s 6th Annual Museum Day.   You can go here to get two  free tickets to hundreds of museums around the country.  Tickets are for 9/25 only.  Your Free tickets will be emailed to you once you register (so save that email or print it out and put it someplace you won't forget!).

      I'm excited for the free museum date that I'm going to have with my husband!

      Monday, July 26, 2010

      Good Luck Bar Exam Takers

      Good luck to those of you who are taking the bar exam this week!   First of all, don't study the day before the exam.  Just relax, watch some tv, and get some rest.  You've learned all that you are going to learn, so just take it easy. Secondly, bring several pen/pencils with you.  Lastly, once you are done with the exam LEAVE.  Unless you like second guessing yourself, you will just make yourself crazy.   Just leave, plug that ipod into your ears (you can't bring it with you though) and walk out of that building feeling confident that you did your best.



      I'll say a little prayer for you all this week! I know you can do it!  Good luck!

      Thursday, July 15, 2010

      Free e-book!

      For you law students who want an excuse not to read boring case law, check out this offer from Amazon.
      Amazon is offering the e-book My Beautiful Disaster by Michelle Buckman for  FREE! This Free e-book can be read on a Kindle, Blackberry, iPhone, iPod Touch, or your PC or Mac! Go here to download this free E-Book!
      I don't know how long this free offer will last! I'm going to download when I get home today!

      ***Update**** This e-book is no longer available for a free download, but you can find other Limited-time Promotional Offers or free Kindle Popular Classics.

      Saturday, July 10, 2010

      Thinking like a Lawyer

      Do you think like a lawyer in situations outside the classroom or the courtroom?  Sometimes the skills we learn as a lawyer don't work as well in other circumstances. Check out this blogger's opinion on the issue of thinking like a lawyer.

      Wednesday, July 7, 2010

      Why did you want to become a lawyer?

      I wonder about the reasons why  people go to law school. Some go into law school knowing they won't practice, others go for social justice reasons. I know some go because they want to become wealthy.   I wonder how the economic situation of the county will influence the future pipeline of attorneys entering the profession?

      Groupon

      I recently discovered Groupon, which offers daily deals at great prices through the power of group buying. When the minimum number of people sign for the deal of the day, everyone gets the discount.   For instance, a friend of mine got $100 wedding albums for $25. I got my $25 worth of dry cleaning for $12! You can also find  good deals on restaurants, spas/salons, and events.   It's also good for traveling. If you know you are going to Las Vegas for Spring Break, you can see if they have a groupon that you might use when you visit. Seeing a Vegas show for half off sounds good to me!   I wish I knew about this when I was in law school.  But now that I know about it, I definitely take advantage and share with my friends. You can get daily Groupon alerts so that you never miss a deal! Groupon is available in about 93 cities, so hopefully you can sign up for deals in your city!  

      Saturday, June 19, 2010

      Get the Job: Tactics for Success

      My sister recently got a new job and I wanted to highlight some of the tactics she used to get the job because her employers told her after she was hired that some of the things that she did helped them decide to hire her. I think these are universal tips that will help job seekers no matter what career you're going into.

      •  Adjust Resume: She tailored her resume for the job she was applying for and highlighted skills that would be an asset to that job, rather than sending a general resume. 
      •  Mock Interview: She set up a mock interview and practiced her responses to commonly asked questions such as, "Why do you want this job?, "What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?, and give me an example of a time where you displayed leadership. Many schools have career counselors who can assist you with setting up a mock interview. Some even video tape the interview, so you can watch and perfect your interviewing skills.
      •  Research:  She researched the organization that she was interviewing with to make sure she understood the goals and vision of the organization. She also did some research on the persons interviewing her.  Sometimes you don't know who will be interviewing you, but knowing more about the company will help you adjust your answers to highlight the skills you have that fit in with the overall mission.
      •  Ask Questions:  My sister came prepared with some questions to ask at the end of the interview. Often the interviewers will ask you if you have any questions and being prepared helps show them that you are genuinely interested in the job and the company. Questions such as:  What does a typical work day look like, What are the skills and attributes you value most for someone being hired for this position? and What would you consider to be the most important aspects of this job? are great questions to ask.
      • Thank You:   After the interview send a thank you letter to your interviewers.  My sister prepared the envelopes prior to the interview so all she had to to do was write a message afterward thanking them for the opportunity and reminding them of some skills she had that would make her an asset to the company. 
      The people who interviewed my sister were impressed with her professionalism and preparation. She also went on several informational interviews, which I also think helped with her interviewing skills.

      Tuesday, June 1, 2010

      How Smart is your Phone!?

      Speaking of professional, Amazon has some great deals on Smartphones. I'm now one of the people with two phones, a personal and a work phone! I never thought I'd have to pick my purses based on whether they can fit two cell phones! I'm still trying to figure out my Blackberry!

      Sunday, May 16, 2010

      Run from the the Law

      Some say that you should run from law school.  My advice is that you should be aware of all of your options and be honest with yourself.  Also realize that might not end up making six figures 6 months after law school and therefore, most of your income will be eaten up by loan payments and rent (or mortgage). If you don't mind that, then by all means go to law school.  Also do not over borrow no matter how tempting it might be. I'm serious.  The extra $10,000 you borrow today can cost you much more in the future. So try to live within your means rather than living it up in law school just to have to live under house arrest and eat ramen noodles after law school while you're trying to make ends meet.  

      You should consider going to law school where you plan on living and/or practicing (this might matter less if you don't plan on practicing though). Also think about what you want to do with your law degree (if you actually know what you want to do!) because you might not need the degree (and the debt) to do what you want to do.

      Business Cards

      I recently ordered business cards for work and was wondering if I should put J.D. after my name even though I'm not in the practice of law. I was reminded that I earned this degree and it didn't matter whether I practiced law.   If you go to graduate school and get a PH.D. it would be acceptable to put PH.D after your name or be referred to as Dr. ___.

      On a related note, in this economy, I think it important to think of the flexibility of the law degree and law license.  You can market your legal skills in your pursuit of a non-legal job. Many government agencies, businesses, and non-profits like having a lawyer on staff and they realize that it took a lot of time and effort (and intelligence) to get a JD and to pass the bar.

      If you don't want to practice law in the traditional sense don't feel bad there really is a lot you can do with your legal skills outside the practice of law.  So go ahead and order those business cards and be proud of the J.D. behind your name!

      Monday, April 26, 2010

      Promote Yourself in the Workplace

      This blogger recommends self-promotion strategies, including socializing and humble confidence! She makes some very good recommendations to make sure that you stand out at work and also positively contribute to your work environments.  I agree with her that its a good idea to keep a record of your accomplishments throughout the year so that you can highlight them during your performance evaluation.  In my personal experience, my supervisor served as a wonderful mentor and often offered advise on how I could improve. I often asked for feedback to make sure I was doing my work well. I also tried to make a note where my work illustrated a new area of the law.  Being aware of your strengths and weaknesses is also an important skill and ask for help before, rather than head down the wrong road.  It never hurts to ask for help! 

      Thursday, March 18, 2010

      When it Comes to Your Career, Maybe You Can Just Reinvent Yourself!

      Check out this article written by Director of Career & Professional Development at Indiana University Maurer School of Law on a few ways to reinvent your professional self. This is especially relevant for those attorneys who hope to use their degree to pursue alternate career paths. You can also check out her blog This Is Not the Career I Ordered.

      Wednesday, March 3, 2010

      Friday, February 5, 2010

      Thick Skin

      If you're going to be in the legal field (or any working environment really), you're going to be need to learn to develop a thick skin. I talking to myself to here! I take myself too seriously at times. Being thin skinned doesn't look too great in the workplace. I came across this article about tips for developing a thick skin. Having a thick skin is also a trait that many leaders have to make it out there in this man-eat-man world.

      Monday, January 4, 2010

      The Multistate Bar Examination is coming up at the end of February, so that means its time to start thinking about studying for fun six-hour, 200-question multiple-choice exam! (I'd hope if you are February bar taker, you would have started studying by now, but better late then never). Kaplan PMBR: MBE Review is a good set of flashcards if you like to study with flashcards for the multiple-choice section. Check out this 2010 MBE Information Booklet. I loved the Strategies & Tactic series in law school and they also have one for the Multistate Bar Exam, called Strategies & Tactics for the MBE. They are great because they have the explanation for every answer, which is helpful! Okay so why are you reading blogs! Start studying! You are fresh and relaxed from Christmas break, so no excuses!