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
Tron: Legacy (Five-Disc Combo Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy + Tron: The Original Classic Special Edition Blu-ray)

Look for this coupon below the product price.

amazon tron coupon
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.


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Driving the Wrong Way on the Highway

Today while driving to work, I saw a car heading the wrong way on the highway. The car was in the shoulder, but it was still pretty scary.  I guess the driver slid on the ice and got turned the wrong way. The driver couldn’t figure out how to turn back around to head the correct way. In the meantime, those of us heading westbound slowed down and prayed the car did not slide into us.
Sometimes law school can feel like you are driving the wrong way down the highway. Everyone else seems to get it and you feel like you are the only student who is not “getting it.”  At least that’s how I felt during those early days in law school, but I am sure I was not the only one who felt that way.  And if you feel that way, you are not alone.   I think many students just act like they get it, while actually they are a little confused as well.  The good news is that eventually you will get it! It might take you longer, but eventually the pieced some together and you have that "aha moment." 

So if you find yourself turned around in law school, how do you get yourself back on track? The first step is recognizing that you are going the wrong way and get help.  I could not stop to help the driver driving the wrong way on the highway; fortunately, however, you can get help when law school does not seem to be going the way you would like.  Talk to family, friends, or a professor you trust.  You might also want to sit down and figure out what caused you to get off track.  

There are other reasons why law students might get turned around. Some students become overwhelmed by the workload and can’t quite figure out how to set up an effective study schedule.  If this is you, make a list of long-term and short-term goals and then make a list of action items that you will need to accomplish to achieve your goals. This helps you take things in smaller bits so they are more manageable, making your goals more achievable.

Other students get turned around due to the stress of law school. They turn to alcohol, video games, or other activities to distract them from their stress. Dealing with the stress negatively, however, can lead to addictive and dangerous behavior. It is best to address these issues early on before they lead to academic and social consequences.  If you are struggling with alcohol, drugs, or depression, seek help.  Most law schools have a law student assistance program for students dealing with these sorts of issues. You do not have to handle it alone.

Lastly, some students get turned around by getting involved in too many things.  I think it is important to have social life in law school; however, joining too many clubs and organizations might distract you from your studies.  Pick 2 or 3 organizations to get involved in and limit leadership roles to only one of those groups.  That way you still have time to study, while maintaining the important leadership and social skills that law school organizations can provide. 

Sometimes, we get turned around in life and that’s okay. The important thing is to find a way to get back on track, learn from your mistakes, and move on.  Additionally, once you get yourself turned back around, you will now have an excellent answer for an interview question.  If asked, give an example of a time you overcame an obstacle, you can describe the process you took get back on track. 

Free Valentine's Day Playlist

 Get a Free Valentine's Day Playlist to play for your Valentine or for a Valentine's Day party. Even if you don't have a Valentine, hey it's free music!!  

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Free Yogurt

Here's a coupon for a free Yoplait yogurt cup! Enjoy! 

 Prayers of safety to those of you affected by this huge snow/ice storm.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Guest Blog Post: Time Management Tips for Surviving Law School

Time management is critical to success in law school.

It’s a plainly obvious fact, but it really can’t be overemphasized. And for many, it’s always surprising how time just seems to slip away between the first day of class and the final exam.

There is no question that you will arrive on test day feeling unprepared at least once during your law school career, but the level of panic this will cause can be mitigated by using your time wisely.

Here are a few tips to make sure you make the most of your time in law school.

1. Start Strong and Stay Strong

Letting your GPA slide during your 1L year can be a motivation-breaking mistake. All but a few law schools post rankings in the law school, and you will get to see where you stand in comparison to your peers following your first semester.

Starting out at the bottom of this list can be a psychologically trying experience. The best thing you can do is thoroughly prepare from the very beginning and start off strong. This will give you a cushion for when things start to get more difficult, as well as inspire you and give you confidence.

2. Properly Evaluate Your Reading Assignments

You can expect to get anywhere from between 50-100 pages of reading for each class during a full-time week of classes. This is not suggested reading – this is how you will learn the subject matter.

It probably goes without saying that you will not cruise through this material like a John Grisham novel. This is dense reading that may require you to reread, highlight and take notes. In short, reading that 50 pages may take longer than you think.

Budget your time accordingly, because actually reading the assignments will keep you on pace for the information being taught in class.

At the very least, it will save you from being utterly embarrassed if you get called on by the professor.

3. Avoid Cramming for Tests

You will be surprised and disturbed by how much information you will cover for a single class in one semester. Now, imagine multiplying that by as much as six. This will give you an idea of how much you need to be able to recall during an average exam week.

If you think you are going to digest this information in the days or even weeks before your exams, you are likely mistaken. It’s true there are tips, tricks, study aids and outlines out there designed to help you, but none of this compares to actually learning the material.

Think about it this way: if you know it, you won’t be recalling the information as much as applying it to fact patterns presented in the exams. Instead of spending time trying to learn memorization tricks, just learn the law.

These three tips can be summed up in one bitter pill: if you spend all of your time studying you will do better than if you fritter it away having fun. That said, fun is important, too, and you should enjoy law school as much as possible. Just make sure you do your work first.

This guest post was written by James Madeiros, staff writer at Criminal Justice Degree Schools, a free resource site providing information on criminal justice degrees and careers.