Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Warning from a Lawyer about Going to Law School

One of my law school alumni friends just posted on Facebook that potential and current law students need to be aware of the status of the legal market. She says that the legal market has yet to recover and she doesn't think it will bounce back for at least another 5 years.  The law firm that she works at had two openings and over 2,000 people applied! They received applications from every tier- Ivy-league on down! She also stated that law schools report any work after graduation as employment for their statistics. So you will be considered "employed," even if you are working part-time at Starbucks.

If you are going to go to law school in this economy, I also recommend that you  know what you are getting into, borrow the least that you can, and even save up before hand. I also think that you should be flexible with marketing the utility of your law degree in other areas.  Lawyers can be a great asset in government , private, and non-profit organizations as policy analysts, compliance officers, administrative law judges, contracts specialists, and ethics officers just to name a few.

Lastly, I encourage you to pursue your passion, not your paycheck.  Determine a budget, live within your means, and you can make your paycheck work for you. Then go after the jobs that you want, not just ones that you think you should have.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Christmas Break is Almost Over- It is Time to Order Your Books!

It is about time to order your law school textbooks. Save yourself time and money by ordering them online on Amazon. This is where I used to order my books after I realized how much money I saved over buying them at the school bookstore.  Just grab your class syllabus, search for your textbooks online by the book's title, author, or ISBN. You can also order supplements that you might need when preparing your outlines or to help you catch up when you do not have time to read for class. Amazon also has free two-day shipping for students when you sign up for Amazon Student.  Also you can make some money on any books you are not planning on keeping when you sell them via Amazon's textbook buy back program.  Now through February 4th, 2012 when you buy $50 in new textbooks you can get $5 in MP3s.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!! What are your goals or resolutions for this new year? For law students, is it to do better this upcoming semester or to maintain your grades?  Or maybe you would like to improve your  writing or networking skills?  If you are a journal, your goal might be to get published (I recommend choosing a good advisor) Lawyers, maybe your goal is to improve your leadership skills, get more involved in the legal community or to better communicate with your clients and colleagues?    Whatever your goals might be, make a plan of action so that you can hold yourself accountable.  This is a new year!  You get another bite of the apple!  Good luck with all your goals this year.