Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Lawyer Who Clips Coupons

Have you heard of the extreme couponing craze?  I am a lawyer who likes to clip coupons.  I love finding a sale and then matching it with a coupon and getting the item for a low price or sometimes even for free! I cut coupons from the newspaper, get coupons from my parents, print coupons online and follow several blogs that identify deals.  I do not have a huge stock pile, nor do I buy unhealthy food, but I am able to save at least $50 a month with coupons. And I am not alone. I have other attorney friends who like to coupon. It does take time to organize my coupons. I got a little expanding file to organize them and I go through the newspaper, blogs, grocery ads on a regular basis to try to find the best deals.  Often I pay little or nothing for staples such as milk, eggs, even vegetables.It is not for everybody, but as for me, I just do not like paying full price if I don't have to!

Here is a caveat. There is NO way I would have had time to do this in law school.  But I remember spending a lot of money on groceries in law school. Couponing would have helped me save money back then. But now I coupon and I try to do it strategically.  Using coupons saves money if you use them on items that you would buy anyway.  I think those of you who are law students could save some money by using coupons, but it can take a lot of time and you have better things to do with your time.  However,  if you have graduated from law school and do not have a job yet, couponing might be for you. Even if you are an attorney, you might want to make time to do it.  You could use your savings to make extra payments to your loans or save up for something that you want.


Below are buttons from a couple of the blogs that I subscribe to. You can check them out for more couponing tips.  Maybe do some couponing over Christmas break to create a small stockpile for when you go back to law school next year!


    Living Rich With Coupons

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Living Life with No Regrets

I do not regret going to law school. I would not be the woman I am today if it weren't for what I learned and experienced during those three arduous and memorable years. There were many invaluable things that I learned in law school, but I just wanted to discuss three things I learned during my tenure as a law student. You might also check out my very first post describing ten things I learned in law school.

1. I learned to think and read critically

Law school taught me how to dissect what I read and think critically about the why something was written the way it was. I learned the significance of understanding the intent or reasons why something is written. This critical eye has served me well after law school. As a side note, sometimes I think lawyers write in "legalese" just so that we are the only ones that can interpret it! Even if you work in a non-legal position, the ability to clarify legal language is an important skill. I have used my legal skills to read and interpret statutes and write policy documents to make the law more understandable to a layperson.

2. I learned how to network and market myself.

Law school taught more about the importance of networking and provided me with several opportunities to network and learn how to "sell" myself. Studying is important, but many students fail to learn how to network and market themselves. Once you leave law school, your intelligence might get you the interview, but your personality and networking skills will get you the job. The ability to market yourself is a skill that must be practiced. Think of yourself as a walking advertisement for yourself... The way your present yourself to your classmates, professors, and potential employers shows them what they will expect from you. Also keep in mind what you put on your facebook or twitter account. How you display yourself online also advertises to others what kind of employee you might be. It might paint an inaccurate picture, but you might not even get a chance to prove someone wrong.

3. I learned to live a life with no (or few) regrets

So maybe I learned this lesson once I graduated, however I believe any experience you go through teaches you something and therefore is a valuable experience in itself.  I think it is unproductive to have regrets, unless they motivate you to make positive changes in your life. For instance, although I wish I had not listened to the financial aid office when they advised me to borrow the maximum amount I could, it taught the importance of making a reasonable budget and living within my means. Some lessons you learn the hard way, but those are the lessons that you tend not to forget.  I do not regret the three years I spent learning a new way of thinking, challenging myself academically, and being part of a profession that holds itself to a high standard.

I don't see how anyone who successfully graduates from law school would regret it. If you use time in law school well, you should have all the necessary skills to utilize your education, intelligence, and experiences to obtain a job. You might have to be creative, flexible, and persistent, but I believe you will ultimately be successful once you realize how you can make a positive and valuable contribution to a potential employer.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Practice Networking Early and Often

It is never too early to work and foster your networking skills.  I recommend using your Christmas, Fall, and Spring breaks as an opportunity to go out into your city or to the city where you wish to work after law school and network.   Contact local law firrms or use your career services office to build a list of potential networks.  Once you complete that list, email the lawyers and try to set up an informational interview.  Try to attend as many networking events at your law school and practice your networking skills.  A friend recently recommended the book, Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi, which highlights the importance of building and maintaining relationships. This is a skill that every successful lawyers needs to have whether you work in the private or public sector. It is also a skill that you have to continue to practice (unless you are a natural social butterfly!)  But like my dad always said, "practice makes perfect!"
 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Finals are Coming Up, Are you Ready?

Finals are coming up!!!  So you probably don't have time to shop.... You should be studying.  I hope you used the long weekend to organize your outlines.  Start working on condensing those outlines and once you are done begin doing practice exams.  Go over them with your professor.  Pay attention in class because anything your professor tends to focus on or spend a lot of time emphasizing will most likely appear on the exam!

Good luck!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Groupon Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals


Up to 90% off top rated local fun!
Groupon will be running special Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals this weekend from 12:01a on November 25th  through 11:59p on November 28th. The links won't go live until Friday, but just wanted to give you a heads up since these deals will go fast!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Christmas Gift Idea for the Law Student Who Loves to Bake!

I have wanted an electric mixer for awhile and recently took advantage of a Costco deal, offering $50 instant rebate for a KitchenAid Stand Mixer.  (I got the red one!)  This lovely mixer would make a This makes a great gift for the law student who likes to bake or for your mom, girlfriend, or best friend. It would also make a lovely wedding gift.  What's more, Kitchenaid is currently offering a $30 cash back rebate plus a free magazine subscription to Food & Wine Magazine or Travel & Leisure Magazine.  I looked on the fine print and you can forgo the subscription and get a $12 refund instead! You just have to make a copy of the rebate form and send it to a different address.  So that means you can save a ton of dinero on this mixer.   If you don't have a Costco membership, you get the KitchenAid Mixer from Target or Amazon.  

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Helpful Resume and Job Interview Advice

This JMC Resumes, Ltd. offers several resources for resume writing and preparing for job interviews.  I took a look at the sample legal resume and I am tempted to revise my own resume so it can stand out.  For instance, they suggest that you include a career profile at the top of your resume to highlight your skills and accomplishments.  In addition, JMC Resumes is offering professional resumé and cover letter services for $85 (a $215 value). If you need some extra assistance to make your resume shine in the crowd or advice to prepare for an upcoming interview, you might want to check out this deal!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Small Business Saturday

The end of November is full of sales and shopping. First there is Black Friday, then there is Cyber Monday. But did you know about Small Business Saturday on November 26th?   It is a day dedicated to supporting the small businesses that fuel local economies and invigorate our communities. When you pledge to shop on Small Business Saturday, you will l have the chance to win one of 100 $25 American Express gift cards. Then you can use that gift card to support a local small business!

Will Blog for Travel!?

Do you like to blog? Do you like to travel?  If you are like me and answer yes to both questions, then you might be interested in an plan in the works.  Japan is proposing a plan to offer 10,000 free round-trip tickets to those willing to promote their travels on their blog. Travels to Japan has drastically dropped over the last year and this campaign is an attempt to boost tourism. Winners will have to pay for accommodations and meals themselves, but plane tickets can cost at least $1200 so it would definitely be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!  Check out the article about this cool offer!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Fall Back: Daylight Savings Time Ends

Don't forget to turn your clocks back 1 hour before you head to bed tonight and enjoy the extra hour of sleep!! 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Only 25 days until Black Friday!

I love Black Friday so I am excited that it is only 25 days away!  Get ready for some great deals online and in stores! I just found out that some stores like Macy's and Target will be starting their sales at midnight on the 26th rather than at 4am. Some online retailer's like Amazon will have deals all month long, so make sure to shop Amazon's Holiday Countdown Store!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Informational Interview

I recently learned a few tips about an informational interview.  First of all, come to the interview on time and prepared. The person you are meeting with is doing you a favor.  Secondly, don't bring your resume or ask about a job. You are there to gather information about how they got where they are and to get advice for someone interested in working in their field. Moreover, while you are "interviewing" them, they are also interviewing you. Treat their time with respect and try not to be too informal.  At the end of the conversation, ask them for a few names that they recommend you connect with and if they mind if you use their name when you contact those individuals. Here are some other interesting articles about informational interviews. 

Informational Interview 101
Informational Interview Pet Peeves

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Advice from a Laid Off Lawyer

This recession is hitting every sector hard. Several lawyers have been adversely affected by the bad economy. I asked a colleague who was recently laid off if she had any advice for individuals laid off or at risk of being let go.  The following is her advice, but I think it is also relevant to current law students.  It is never too early to start networking. Good luck to law students and lawyers alike.

 I think the biggest suggestion I have is to always be networking.  It has made my situation much easier because I knew several people in the practice area I focus on and when I ended up without a job I didn't  have to go try to convince them that I was only a victim of a bad economy (rather than fired for being a lousy lawyer).  Also, keep in touch with those contacts.  Don't be afraid to call them and tell them what happened - they're all going to figure it out on their own anyway.  And the best jobs are never posted - you just have to know the right person at the right time.  
I would also say that being laid off is an excellent time to reevaluate things, so people should really take advantage of it.  It's amazing how you can really enjoy life while spending less money, for example.  Or how you may find out that your job really was making you miserable but you didn't have enough distance to see that before.  Someone told me once that you need to decide what kind of life you want and then find a job that gives you that kind of life.  So often we find a job we want and then force our lives to work with it (especially if you went to law school right out of undergrad and really had no idea what you wanted out of life to begin with)... a little time away from work might show some people that they'd be much better suited to doing something completely different.

Great Deal for Busy Law Students


Are you sick of spending a ton of money on razors? (Hey you need to be clean shaven for interviews)  Wouldn't it be great if a years worth of razors could just be mailed to you. (You don't have time to go to the store every month to restock, you are busy studying!) Well tomorrow, Groupon has a great deal on razors. You can get a year's worth of razors for only $9. With $6 for shipping, these will only cost you about .25 a blade. You can't beat that deal!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Free Dinner for Law Students on a Budget!

I'm not a huge steak person, but wanted to share this deal. Outback Steakhouse is giving away 1 million free dinners. Sign up before they run out!


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Miss Me?

I have not posted in awhile and I apologize for the lack of content.   Also please follow me on twitter as I often post advice and tidbits there. I often share money saving tips that I have found especially helpful!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Birthday America!!! We are 235 years old!  I hope you enjoy your fourth of July. I found this L.A. Times article which includes some words of wisdom from the Founding Fathers. It is interesting how some themes are timeless.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Number One Way to Have less Debt in Law School

There is one way that you won't have any debt while in law school. You want to know what it is?   Don't go to law school! haha!  Okay I'm sorry that wasn't very funny.  You could always save up for law school via the Dave Ramsey method and show up on orientation day and pay cash! lol! I would love to see the look on the face of the financial advisor when you say, nope I don't need any loans to pay tuition; I'm paying cash!

July 1: New Laws in Effect

It is July 1st and all over the United States, new laws are taking effect.  In Indiana, drivers can no longer text while driving (although reading email is not prohibited). In Florida, welfare recipients must pass a drug test before receiving benefits. In Georgia, children must ride in a booster seats until age eight (instead of age 6). In Virginia, teen drivers face stiffer penalties if they are convicted of drinking and driving. They will be charged with a class 1 misdemeanor and risk losing their driver’s license for a full year. Another interesting new law in Tennessee, will put a barrier between the domestic violence victim and the offender.  Offenders might be ordered to wear a GPS device as a condition of bail in any domestic violence or stalking case where an order of protection has been violated.

Are there any new interesting laws in your state? Which ones are you most annoyed by?

Charlie Sheen to Goddess - That car I gave you was a loan not a gift

Apparently, the goddesses left Charlie Sheen, aka, "the MaSheen". Now we wants them to return the cars he gave them in February. The legal question at issue is whether the cars were a gift or a loan? Did he give the car as a temporary mode of transportation while they were together or did he give it as a Valentine's gift. Anyway, there are some interesting legal questions  here. I hope the girls get to keep their cars!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thoughts on Father's Day

It was my dad who inspired me to want to become an attorney and he still pushes me to do my best and live up to my potential. I have him to thank for planting that seed early on and I thank both of my parents for always supporting me no matter what goal I was pursuing.

What career advice has your dad given you?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Two Great Deals

Groupon has two great deals today. I've been trying to drink more water and one of today's helps me accomplish that goal and give back to a great cause.  For every Stainless Steel Water Bottle bottle sold, Miir donates $1 to help provide clean water in developing country.  Pay only $11 for a bottle that you can personalize with a customizable skin!  No one will accidentally grab your bottle at the gym!




Grab today's Old Navy Deal before it runs out. Pay only $10 for $20 worth of apparel.  Grab a great Father's Day gift or just pick out something for yourself! Who doesn't love Old Navy!!

Get these two deals through your Ebates and get 3% back!!  Save money, give money and earn money. I call that a good day!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

One Student's Amazing Reason to Pursue the Law

When  you apply to law school, most people have to answer the question, "Why do you want to go to law school?"   Many of us, idealistically respond that we want to fight social injustice and help those without a voice. However, few of us are motivated by actual events in our own lives. This is not the case for author, mother, soldier and recent graduate of St. Mary's Law School. It was Melissa Anderson's own abusive past that motivated her to attend law school. At 29, this young woman has endured more than her share of pain.  Her pain and circumstances did not stop her from accomplishing her goals.  She even took an exam two hours after giving birth to her fourth child! You can read her incredible story here and you can find The Big Fib, the book she wrote after her brother's tragic death on Amazon. 



Make your Summer Job Work for You

During my summer internships in law school, I set up several informational interviews with local lawyers practicing or working in areas  in which I was interested.   I met with government attorneys and solo practitioners, as well as, in-house attorneys and big law lawyers.   During both summers, I tried to set up as many as I could to get better idea of what I might like to practice after I graduated. I enjoyed my summer internship, but I also wanted to know what my other options might be.  I recommend that 2Ls and 3Ls use their summer internships and clerkship to network. Ask lawyers in your office for contacts to reach out to, contact Career Services to find out if there are alums practicing in the city you are working in or interested in working or ask family and friends if they know attorneys that would not mind meeting with a ambitious law student!  Before the interview, prepare a list of questions that you want to ask them. Bring that list, but try not to read off of it. It is better to try to have a conversation than to rigidly go through your list of questions.  Ask the person what they like best about their job and how they go to where they are today.   You should also find out what they do on a day to day basis  to see if its something you would to do. At the end of the informational interview, ask them if they know of anyone else that they recommend you contact and if they would mind you using their name when you contact them. Law.com also has a good article on the topic: Use Informational Interviews to Help Your Job Search.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Congratulations!

A belated congratulations to all those 2011 law graduates out there!  Good luck prepping for the bar this summer.  As I told one recent graduate, this will be the worst summer of your life, but it will be worth it once you pass the bar.  Plan something fun for AFTER you take the bar, but until then, buckle down and study for the bar exam. :) Good luck! 

Monday, April 25, 2011

Reading for Fun After Law School

Water for Elephants  I did not realize the recently released movie, Water for Elephants, was based on a book. I have been trying to read more, especially since I can actually read for fun now. It has taken me a few years to get back into the habit of reading for fun after three years of intense reading in law school (wasn't much fun!).  I've never liked watching a movie after I have read the book, so maybe I should watch the movie first? I like Reese Witherspoon, so  I will probably end up watching the movie.   Also I have heard that the average millionaire reads at least a book a week. I am no millionaire... yet, so I better start cranking out some books! 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Great Study Break!!

Groupon: Get the Best Deal in Your City Today!
Tomorrow Groupon will run a deal featuring Domino's Pizza: $8 for any large pizza with up to 10 toppings (online order, carryout only)!  I know you will need a meal break while you are studying for finals! Might as well save some dinero!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Lawyer Suspended for 6 Months for Offering to Write College Papers

Check out this recent ABA Journal article about a Massachusetts lawyer with a well paid job on as a law clerk on the Massachusetts Appeals court, offering to write papers for colleges students for a fee of $300.

He makes $94,000 a year... why is he moonlighting?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tips for less Debt while In Law School

This Today Money Article states that college loan debt outpaced credit card debt for the first time last year.  It mentions a few tips that college students should keep in mind to keep that high debt to a minimum. Some of these tips also apply to law students for instance, anything that you use student loan money to buy will end up costing you twice as much after interest. Try not to borrow more than you need to live off on. Also, you should try to pay some of your interest down on your (especially on unsubsidized loans) while you are still in school. Making these payments when you do not have to, will help you when your loans go into repayment. You will already be used to making a loan payment and you will save yourself a few years of interest.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Things for (Future) Attorneys to Consider When Using Facebook

This post on Legal Productivity gives advice that attorneys and future attorneys should consider when using Facebook. For instance, you should change your privacy settings to notify you anytime someone tags a photo or video of you in order to manage your image and reputation.  I would also advise you not to "friend" every one who sends a friend request. Not every acquaintance needs access to your Facebook profile. If you think its mean to reject a friend request, you can limit what portions of your profile certain friends see in your privacy settings. 

The Handsome Lawyer

*DEAL EXPIRED* How would you like to see Matthew McConaughey playing a lawyer for only $6?   Well you can with this Groupon deal which goes live Wednesday March 16th at 12:01AM Pacific Time . Pay only $6 for movie tickets to see The Lincoln Lawyer, starring the handsome Mr. McConaughey. If you are into reviews, it got 83% on Rotten Tomatoes. I wonder if he will take his shirt off!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Public Interest Law: Summer Internship Opportunities

The NAACP has a summer internship program for those of you interested in civil rights law.  It pays a $6,000 stipend and the application is due on March 18th. In an interview with Vault, Assistant General Counsel, Dorcas Gilmore states that the NAACP looks for “students who have completed their first year of law school who are interested in civil rights work and have a demonstrated commitment to public interest work."   If this describes you, highlight relevant experience on your resume, write an essay describing your interests in civil rights litigation and ask one of your professors for a letter of recommendation.  I recommend asking for the recommendation in person rather than in email. Follow up with a thank you card or email to your professor after you've submitted your application.  Some of these deadlines are coming up fast!  Good luck!

Vault did a spotlight on other summer legal internship programs:
Equal Justice Works
The Center for Collaborative Change

The Best Law Schools for Getting Rich


If you want to make the big bucks, you should go to Standford, Duke, Columbia, or UVA (to name a few). According to the Forbes article, Stanford law graduates have a mid-career median pay of $236,000.  See if your law school made the list here!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Close Encounter of the Judicial Kind


I think judges are like the superstars of the legal world. They are admired and respected due to their knowledge and experience. When I was in law school, I had a few opportunities to meet and interact with judges.  One instance was particularly humbling (and not in a good way). I was volunteering on a Saturday for a training that was being held at my law school. I arrived bright and early at 8 that morning to assist the organizers of the training any way I could. One of the organizers was a judge.   I introduced myself to her mentioning that I was a volunteer ready to help.   She also introduced herself and said she looked forward to working with me.  I have never forgotten the next two sentences she said to me. It has stayed with me all these years.  She said, “First, I have a very important task for you to do.”  I had my pad and paper out ready to write my first important task as assistant to this judge.  She continued, “Here’s $5, can you run and get me a cup of coffee?”  I was volunteering, so I was aware I’d be doing some menial tasks.  I am not sure what I thought she was going to ask, but she emphasized that it was very important and so I took the request seriously.   When I realized this request was one for coffee, my heart fell a little bit, humbled.  Anyway, I took down her order and grabbed the coffee for her.  

Another example of an interesting interaction I had with a judge was when I was applying for judicial clerkships during my third year in law school.  I applied to clerkships in the city where I wanted to live and practice.  Since I was not as willing to be broad in my search, I knew my chances of actually getting a clerkship were much smaller.  However, I like to think positively and I thought that my existing connection with the city would bring my favor with the judges with whom I was applying. I was honored and also humbled with the Chief Justice our State Supreme Court offered me an interview!  I spoke with previous interns and I met with Career Services. This was the chance of a lifetime for me and I did not want to mess it up. I even did mock interviews and prepared for this interview like I would any law school exam.  I arrived early and waited for the Chief Justice’s Administrative Assistant to get me.  I was ushered into his huge office, shook his hand, and was asked an array of questions, a few of which I had prepared the answers.   I left the interview feeling like I did the best that I possibly could and the rest was up to God.  I did not ultimately get the clerkship; however, it was an honor just to be able to get the interview.   

I think most law students will encounter a judge at some point in their legal career. One thing that I learned is while we should respect those who serve on the bench, we should keep in mind that they are human beings just like the rest of us with talents, flaws, and maybe even a few idiosyncrasies!

Do you have any interesting judge stories?

More than just Intellect- How to Succeed in BigLaw

This article suggests that a key to success in Big Law includes being personable and showing initiative. This article recommends associates attend post-work social activities, dress professionally, and not turn down tedious task, to gain favor with your partners. I think these tips also apply outside BigLaw in government and non-profit offices.

Want to Succeed in BigLaw? Sociability, Enterprise and Appearance All Help, Partner Says - News - ABA Journal

What America's Lawyers Earn

Check out this recent ABA series called, What America's Lawyers Earn. You can even search for the average and median salary in the county where you want to work.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Congrats to February Bar Exam Takers

Congrats to those of you who took the bar exam a couple of weeks ago!  All your hard work and studying is finally over. You made it!  Now you just have to wait until May to find out the results. In the meantime, hold on to your study materials and notes.   I got rid of all of my stuff, but I waited until after I found out I passed.    File them someplace safe (don't look at them and second guess yourself!)  For now just enjoy all your extra free time.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ethical Pitfalls of Blogging and Social Networking

There are several ethical implications of blogging and using social networking sites such at Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Take a look at my latest tweet about a lawyer in Indiana who lost his job after some "lousy choice of words" (his words, not mine). Also check out this post about the Ethical Pitfalls of Blogging & Social Networking for Lawyers.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Don't Lie on your Job Application

This should go without saying, but don't lie on your job applications or resume. If you don't know your GPA yet, but TBD or put your most recent GPA and explain in the cover letter that your grades are pending. Worse yet, don't do what one lawyer did and lied about his participation in a law journal, his employment at a non-existent law firm, and his grades on his job application. The Connecticut Appellate Court affirmed the attorney's suspension.

What Not to Wear in Law School?

I have previously blogged about what to wear in the workplace, but have you thought about what you wear in law school.  You are a student after all, you should be comfortable. Wearing slacks and business suits isn't necessary while you are still a student (unless you are clerking or interning and then you should dress professionally).  I have always enjoyed dressing up and I dressed up for each and every one of my finals for good luck, but on a day-to-day basis, I wore jeans and a nice shirt.  I even pulled out a cute summer dress in warmer months. There were some who liked to wear a little less in the summer, but I never saw anything over the top.  I know women have to be careful with what they wear in law school and beyond; however, one police officer's advice to female law students went too far... Check out today's Above the Law post.

Speaking of clothes, there are a ton of President's Day sales this weekend.

  • Old Navy Save up to 20% off with this code: ONPDAY
  • The Limited: Save $10 with the code: FASHCASH 
  • The Loft: Save 25% a regular priced item with code: PRESIDENT
  •  The Gap: Save 44% off of 44 select styles (no promo code necessary)
  • Express: Save $15 on your $75 purchase with code:1088
Shop through Ebates to save even more. Once you login to your Ebates account, search for the above stores and then enter the codes at checkout.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Jeopardy's Watson puts Professionals at Risk!

Who needs a first year associate or legal researchers, when a computer could do your job better and faster?  National Law Journal and Above the Law recently posed that question.   The fact that computers such as, Watson can beat  Jennings and Rutter is just the beginning!  The digital legal associate could be next?!

Great Deal on Business Cards, Thank you Cards, Addresss Labels and More

I've previously posted about ordering business cards at Vistaprint.  The deal is for Tampe, but since its online, anyone can take advantage of it.   I think its important for law students to have business cards available for networking purposes. You can also get address labels and thank you cards at Vistaprint. These are great for your job applications and sending thank you notes after interviews.  Today there is a LivingSocial deal, where you pay only $10 for $50 worth of products at Vistaprint.  You get an extra 30% off just for taking advantage of this deal. You can get 250 business cards for free,  140 return address labels for $1.99, and 20 thank you cards for only $11.99. You can even personalize a mug for your desk or to give to a friend.


Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!!! 

Today is the last day to take advantage of the $2 MP3 credit from Amazon.   For a free movie rental tonight, enter the code BEMINE at your local Redbox. The code is good for today, 2/14, only.  Don't forget to "like" Subway on Facebook to get a free cookie with any purchase, today only.


I'll tweet any other deals I come across today. 

Friday, February 11, 2011

Lawyer Trivia

 Here is some lawyer trivia for you:

Charlotte E. Ray was the first Black woman lawyer in the United States. (Where was she admitted to practice?)

Ada Kepley was the first woman to graduate from law school (Which law school did she attend?) 

Macon Allen was the first African-American lawyer in the United States. (From which state does he hail?)

John Adams was the first lawyer to become president. (Where did he attend college?)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Law Themed Valentine's Day Gifts

I came across a website with some great law related Valentine's gifts. Nothing says love like personalization and Personalization Mall allows you to personalize a gift for your law school sweetheart.  You can give you man or lady a nice mug or a personalized leather portfolio to bring to meetings. The pink business card holder is perfect for the law student who wants to look professional  with a feminine flare.  I also really like the Conversation Hearts Candy Jar with Hershey's Kisses. You can add your own special messages on the 5 etched hearts.  I just think its sweet gift that can be displayed in a study carrel or office.
                                                
Save $10 off $50 order with the code PMALL10D (Exp. 02/13/2011). Plus get  8.0% cash back when you shop through Ebates. Just search for "Personalization Mall" Ebates on and then enter the promo code at checkout.



  

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Black History Month

This post is in honor of Black History  Month




                                                 

Ten Students You Might Encounter in Law School

You will probably will meet the gunner in law school, but the Bitter Lawyer, discusses Ten Students You Meet in Law School. The one I appreciate the least is the "diversity student." It is true that minority students are underrepresented in law schools, but that does not mean that they are unqualified. Some law schools recognize the benefits of a diverse student body and diverse legal workforce (See Grutter v. Bollinger) and seek to increase the diversity of their law classes. But not every minority student receives a full scholarship or gets a guaranteed job upon graduation. Just like every student, minority students have to make good grades, pass the bar, and display leadership qualities by participating on a journal, clinic,  moot court, ect to obtain a job or clerkship after graduation. I think Bitter Lawyer got it wrong there. There are absolutely no guarantees in law school or in life for that matter! Graduating cum laude doesn't guarantee you a job nowadays, any more than coming from an underrepresented group. (I know examples from both groups!)

Save $5 on Tron: Legacy Pre-Order

Today Amazon is offering a $5 eCoupon to use on a pre-order of Tron: Legacy Four-Disc Combo Pack
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Look for this coupon below the product price.

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Coupon offer expires 2/10/11.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

February Bar Exam

The February Bar Exam is coming up.  Check out these previous posts for bar exam tips and advice. For those of you who are taking this for a second time, I know you can do it!  I know many law school colleagues who passed the second time around.  Once you pass, demand that your friends and family address you as Esquire for a day. It might be obnoxious, but you deserve it!

General Advice
Bar Exam Flascards
Advice for Indiana Bar Exam Takers
Bar/Bri vs. PMBR
My Bar Exam Afterthoughts

Other Bar Exam Blogs
Virgina Bar Exam Blog 
Subjects Tested on the Virgina Bar Exam 
Probatur Denuo (New York Bar Exam)

Finding True Love in the Law

It is almost Valentine's Day. Law students everywhere are making plans to celebrate the day or protest it! Before I met my husband, Valentine's Day was Single Awareness Day to me. Now its another day that we get to demonstrate our love for each other. I didn't plan on finding love in law school, but I'm glad I did!
If you still need ideas for  a Valentine's Day gift ideas,  you can't go wrong with Godiva chocolates and flowers (and jewelry!). You can order Godiva chocolates through Ebates and get 8% cash back. Plus you can receive $10 off $60+ order with the code LOVE. The Code expires today. Just log into your Ebates account, search for "Godiva" and click on the link. At check out, enter LOVE to save $10 off of $60 or try the code HUGS to get free shipping off your purchase of $60.  For flowers, you can take advantage of this Groupon offer from FTD. Order now to take advantage of FTD offerings for Valentine’s Day or purchase a voucher to redeem at a later date. This offer expires on February 11, 2011. 


Also, don't forget to get your free Free Valentine's Day Playlist and a $2 off MP3 Download!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Blog Name Change

"What I Learned in Law School" is now Law Cents.   I changed the title of my blog to reflect the more eclectic content that I post.  I offer advice for law students and recent graduates and also share ways to save money, including deals I find on the web. 

Don't Move Backwards


Did you know that emus and kangaroos cannot move backwards?  Sometimes we want to dwell on our past mistakes or missed opportunities. However, I think we should be more like emus and kangaroos and keep moving forward, rather than looking backward at things that we cannot fix.  When you dwell on things that you have no control over, you just get stuck in a rut, rather than moving on. You make no progress.  Instead of looking backwards (remember what happened to Lot's wife? Genesis 19:26; Luke 17:31-32), learn from your past mistakes and move on.  Whether it be a bad grade, not making journal, or failing to ace an interview, we can all learn from these experiences to help us make better decisions in the future. 

Sunday, February 6, 2011

"Law Cents" is now on Twitter

I just opened a twitter account for my blog. Please follow me at @LawCents

There's Still Time to Save $$ at Barnes & Noble

It's not too late to take advantage of the Barnes & Noble Groupon that I posted about on Friday.  Also today you can get double back if you purchase your Groupon via Ebates. Just click on the Ebates link and search for Groupon and   then get the Barnes & Noble deal.   You'll pay $10 for $20 worth of products and also get 6% back!         
(It's only .60 cents but using Ebates add up over time!)     You will also get $5 if you are new to Ebates!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Save Money on Books, Music, and Movies!


Today you can get $10 for $20 worth  of books, CDs, and more at Barnes & Noble.  This Groupon is valid for purchases made online, at any Barnes & Noble, or on Barnes & Noble’s e-reader, the Nook. If this deal doesn't show up in your city, search for a city that does offer the Groupon, such as Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Indianapolis,  Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, Phoenix, Richmond, Seattle, Washington D.C, etc.