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!