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5 Ways To Finance Law School

Higher education is the key to financial and career success. Most companies have no desire or patience for dealing with those who have not obtained their college degree. The job market is migrating towards work that requires this level of education because the economy itself is evolving. A lot of the work done in the past was manual labor type work. These days a lot more of the tasks that we need completed are knowledge-based tasks. Thus, people need to know what they can do to try to afford their college education.   Need Based Grants The cost of college…

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Strategies for Success Among Millenial Lawyers

Many young lawyers enter the legal profession with great expectations. They often look forward to experiencing the thrills of the profession. Young lawyers are eager to create lifelong professional relationships with colleagues and clients. This is indeed an exciting time for a young lawyer but soon reality sets in. The day-to-day work of a lawyer turns out to be quite monotonous and boring; this is a sharp departure from what you initially expected. Practice turns out to be totally different from what you thought; it is a race and a competition for work. At this point, you come to the…

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Survive Law School with these 7 Tips

Of course, every law student enters law school hoping to become a successful lawyer one day. While some students make it to the end and realize their career dream, others never make it to the final year. Law school has a lot of hardships, so people don't have to sugarcoat it. It's often stressful, competitive, and demanding, and for at least three years law students will immerse themselves in legal internships, law classes, and textbooks, hoping that they will pass the bar exam. Though law school is a long, rough path, the journey is always rewarding. The following are seven…

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Career Alternatives: Diversion Programs And Advocacy

Not every law degree leads to big law. No, for some of us, that training helps us make a difference in other ways, including through advocacy work. By working with diversion programs, for example, a growing group of legal professionals are finding ways to minimize inequitable consequences across the legal system and help marginalized individuals get back on the right track. How Diversion Works Diversion programs are increasing in popularity across the United States, addressing issues like alcohol and drug use, driving offenses, and even shoplifting and they typically target first time, low-level offenses. Additionally, among juvenile offenders, diversion programs…

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Interview with Sports Law Professor and Author Maureen Weston - On the Field: Women in Sports Law

        I’m pleased to introduce Pepperdine University School of Law Professor Maureen Weston, J.D. Professor Weston is the Director of the Entertainment, Media & Sports Law Program and Dispute Resolution Project, in addition to her service on countless boards including the Sports Lawyers Association, American Association of Law Schools Law & Sport, and the Editorial Board of LawInSport. A graduate of the University of Colorado Law and the University of Denver, Professor Weston previously worked as an attorney. Her research interests include sports law, dispute resolution, ethics, and the intersection of these areas.        …

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Lawyer Wellness Initiatives…State by State!

 This year, the world seems to be becoming more fit and active. It is so nice seeing people getting outside and breathing in the fresh air. People all over our communities are really taking an interest in fitness, wellness programs, and self care. In a career where there is a high mortality rate due to suicide, as well as industry wide problems with stress and substance abuse, Bar Associations all over America are providing assistance for their members. Let’s check some out:   Alabama-Has established a Quality of Life Task Force for attorneys as of August 2018. The Task Force…

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How to Build Your Personal Brand and Reputation as a Lawyer

Some people believe that personal branding is useful only for famous individuals. The truth is that everyone who differentiates their unique value articulates their strengths and leaves a lasting impression is going to win more clients and new business in the long run. We'll take a peek into the tactics lawyers can use to build their online reputation.   1. Collect a portfolio of accomplishments. If you have a website or a print portfolio, display your past successes. See if past clients will offer testimonials and if they want to be one of your case studies. This creates trustworthiness at…

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Be Aware of Warning Signs of Instability in Young Lawyers

  The facts shared this week in an open letter from the widow of a Sidley lawyer were shocking and heartbreaking.  The suicide of a 42-year-old partner in the LA office raised many issues of our responsibilities as lawyers to our colleagues. It was discovered too late that this suicide victim suffered from a form of perfectionism that created so much pressure, anxiety and insecurity that the only way out seemed to be to take his own life.  If those facts came as a complete shock to everyone around him, that would give those of us in the profession some relief.  It…

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Bringing Law to the Real World: How to Make Law School More Accessible

Law schools are notorious for being inaccessible. In some cases, it seems that the schools prefer to have this reputation. If they want to remain relevant, however, they'll have to change. Below are three ways that law schools can be made more accessible.   Take a Look at Entrance Requirements   One of the reasons why law school often seems so inaccessible is because of the difficulty of getting into the school. While there is certainly a very good reason for schools to be selective when it comes to picking future attorneys, the truth is that many schools purposefully put…

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The 5 Best Ways To Build Your Reputation As A Lawyer

Lawyers live on their reputations. Have a good reputation as a lawyer and you can pretty well write your own check. Have a spotty or unclear reputation and people are not going to know what to make of you. Entire practices have had to shutter themselves in the past due to not having the kind of solid reputation that successful firms have been able to hang their hat on. Today we are going to explore some of the ways that everything from clever advertising to strategic HR can be used to build your reputation.   Strong Advertising One thing that…

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