Saturday, November 27, 2010

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

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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 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!


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!!