Category Archives: Law Students

What’s round on the end and high in the middle? The UBE in Ohio!

At our annual meeting this year in Chicago, several law students from our SBA presidents and ABA representatives eventually formed a Uniform Bar Exam Caucus. It began as the Florida Caucus, morphed into the Southern Caucus, and finished as a lobbying group for the UBE. “That’s great,” we told them. “But a lot of the states we were expecting have signed on to administer the Uniform Bar Exam. It might be a while before we get a new one.” We were so, so wrong. Which makes us here at the Law Student Division do our little happy dance!   Before we get judged by the Dancing with the Stars, let’s tell you who’s on board. It’s the birthplace of aviation, the mother of presidents, and the heart of it all. And while it may still have the Browns but not LeBron James, the Buckeye State now has the UBE. So celebrate for … OHIO!   Wait, sorry, we know this offends some of you … THE Ohio.   Before you start getting….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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How to make your legal writing stand out in law school—a three-step process

Producing high quality legal writing is vitally important to your success—but it’s difficult to learn. We dedicate an entire year to learning legal writing in law school, yet most legal writing still isn’t good. How is that possible? Ask any lawyer, and she will tell you that she is a superb writer. But as a profession, lawyers are producing more dense, convoluted, and error-prone writing than ever before. While learning the rules for legal writing is important, the real key to becoming a great legal writer lies in how you allocate your time. Follow this advice, and it will help in your class assignments and in your internships. Why legal writing goes bad Most legal writing is bad because we do not use our time properly. We mistakenly believe that all we need to know is the law and we don’t think much about the process or presentation. But how we present information is as important as accurately stating the law. Without clear, concise, and consistent….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Police officer to prosecutor: The benefits and challenges of a career move

Many people from various professional backgrounds work together in a district attorney’s office.  These individuals range from paralegals, legal secretaries, victim’s assistance coordinators, investigators, and witness coordinators to the prosecutors themselves.  It is the combination and functioning of these individuals in their job duties that help our offices run smoothly and efficiently on a daily basis in the goal to achieve truth and justice on behalf of the People of the State of Texas. Not to be left out of this mission are the professionals who also serve the public as police officers.  They are the first responders to the scene of an accident or at the occurrence of a crime.  They collect all the facts, data, and information that helps us prosecutors do our jobs in the courtroom.  Naturally, when police officers wish to change career directions but want to remain in the legal field, this decision creates a valuable opportunity for….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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7 tips for surviving law school (from current law students)

This month, several thousand students will enter law school in hopes of becoming a lawyer one day. Some students will make it to the end and achieve that dream. Others won’t even make it through the first year. No need to sugarcoat it. Law school is hard. It’s demanding, competitive and stressful. For three years, you will immerse yourself in text books and law classes and legal internships, hoping and praying that, when it’s over, you will have absorbed enough to graduate and pass the bar exam. It’s a long road, but it’s also a journey well-traveled. In an effort to put incoming students on the path to success, we asked several third-year law school students interning at the Texas law firm of Varghese Summersett for advice. Here’s their seven tips for surviving law school.   1. Maintain your sanity. “Schedule do-nothing time. See family and friends. Hang out with non-law school people. Turn off electronics. Cook. Sleep. Breathe.….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Reaching Today’s Law Students: Tips for Starting the New School Year

By Sara Berman and Andrea[Andi] Curcio Today’s students are more diverse, raised on the Internet and social media, used to skimming rather than reading closely, communicate via texts, tweets and gifs, and often learn from youtube videos. Many students grew up with helicopter parents who continue to make decisions for and intervene on behalf of […].. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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