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Should I Brief Cases In Law School?

Should I Brief Cases In Law School?

Should I Brief Cases In Law School?: On day 1 of my first year legal research and writing class we learned about briefing cases.  We were taught how to break down cases into their components (procedural history, issue presented, facts, rule, reasoning/analysis, conclusion), and we learned the importance of each.  Our first homework assignment was to make a word document template for briefing cases and to then fill it in for one case.  The assumption was that this would become a habit and we would make a word document brief for every case we encountered in our reading.

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I’m Struggling in Law School – What Should I Do?

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I’m Struggling in Law School – What Should I Do?

It is a common misnomer that in law school, nothing matters until the final exam. It is true that in many classes, the majority of your overall grade in the class comes from your score on the final exam. However, one of the biggest mistakes you can make in law school is not devoting enough time to day-to-day preparation.  If you find yourself struggling in law school around the middle of the semester, this would be a good time to re-evaluate the strategies you’re using to prepare for class each day.

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Where do I find MPRE sample questions?

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Where do I find MPRE sample questions? You may wonder where to find MPRE sample questions.  When looking for MPRE sample questions, the absolute best source will be actual released MPRE questions. This is the best source because these closely mimic what you will see on test day. Continue reading

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The Ins and Outs of Law School Clinics

The Ins and Outs of Law School Clinics

Last week we posted about the three main law school extracurricular activities 2L and 3L students can participate in and why it is highly beneficial to do so (you can read that post by clicking the link!). This week we wanted to offer some guidance on another wonderful opportunity 2Ls and 3Ls should consider – law school clinics!!  Most programs require all students to complete some sort of field work requirement before they graduate. Law school clinics are an excellent way to meet it! Continue reading

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Ashley Heidemann from JD Advising LLC participates in University of Detroit Mercy Law School’s Professionalism in Action

Ashley Heidemann from JD Advising LLC  (pictured first on the left in the second row, above) participates in the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Professionalism in Action program.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law hosts
Professionalism in Action Event

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What Do I Do After the LSAT?

What Do I Do After the LSAT?

You’re done! The most tortuous part of applying to law school is finished! All those hours spent studying and reviewing for the LSAT are now behind you! This sense of relief is one shared by almost everyone that sits for the test. For many, though, it’s quickly followed by a question: what do I after the LSAT is finished?

Luckily, there are plenty of things you need to do before you apply to law school. So, take that newfound sense of liberation and apply to other parts of the law school application process!

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The Ins and Outs of Law School Extracurriculars

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The Ins and Outs of Law School Extracurriculars: During the second semester of your first year of law school, the “shock factor” of this new environment is finally starting to wear off and you’re beginning to settle in to the routines necessary to succeed.  However, contemplating your second year can bring on an entire new set of anxieties.  Not only are you on your own for choosing classes, there is a whole new world of extracurricular activities.

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How to Get (Or Create!) A Law School Summer Internship

How to Get (Or Create!) A Law School Summer Internship

How to Get (Or Create!) A Law School Summer Internship: Law school is unique in that almost every industry touches law in some way. Some companies have larger legal departments, with a hierarchy of hires: summer interns, associates, paralegals, researchers, and general counsels. Some companies, however, have a sole general counsel. Whether you see yourself working in a firm in the future or in-house, the best way to get hired is by having experience. A great way to do this is through a law school summer internship!

Securing an internship is no joke, especially if you want to work at a company that has only one or two in-house counsels in popular destination cities. Here I’ll outline the tips I (Adrianna) used when forging a legal/licensing internship with an international fashion house in New York City.

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Law School Time Savers – What Works and What Doesn’t

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Law School Time Savers – What Works and What Doesn’t

Law School Time Savers – What Works and What Doesn’t: The amount of work that is assigned in law school can seem overwhelming.  It is important to develop study habits that save time while also help you learn all the necessary material.  There are a lot of short cuts out there, but while some might help you get through the work quicker, they won’t put you in the best position to get the grades you want on the exam.  So which time savers work, and which ones don’t?

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Advice For Cramming For The MPRE

Advice For Cramming For The MPRE

Advice For Cramming for the MPRE: You did not mean to do it, but you did it. The MPRE is just a few days (or few hours!) away and you need to cram. How do you spend your valuable time? While it is never ideal to be in this situation, it happens. These are our tips for cramming for the MPRE!

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How Long Should I Study For The MPRE?

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How Long Should I Study For The MPRE?

How Long Should I Study For The MPRE?: Contrary to what you may hear, the MPRE is not “easy”! So you want to study for it! (Or, if you decide not to,  you should be okay with taking it more than once!)

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I Didn’t Do Well My First Semester Of Law School. What Should I Do?

I Didn’t Do Well My First Semester Of Law School. What Should I Do?

bar exam essay graderI Didn’t Do Well My First Semester Of Law School. What Should I Do?: So you didn’t do well in your first semester of law school?  That’s okay!  Think of law school as a marathon, not a sprint.  No one expects you to practice like a seasoned attorney after one semester.  You still have plenty of time to develop and hone the skills necessary to succeed in the legal field, and thus you should not panic if you feel you’ve fallen behind your peers.  However, you should use this first semester as a learning experience and evaluate what went wrong so that you can make changes for the upcoming semesters.

The format and pressures of law school are very different than what most experience as an undergraduate. It is completely normal to need some time to adjust.  Success in law school can be heavily tied to the strength of one’s outlining skills, reviewing skills, and discipline to practice exams, but unfortunately many come in to law school completely unsure how to succeed.

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Should I Study Abroad In Law School?!

Should I Study Abroad In Law School?

Should I Study Abroad In Law School?: Law school is a unique graduate student experience. It differs from other traditional graduate programs. The law is evolving and your courses and experiences should evolve too. Like a fingerprint, each law student experience is vastly different. Once a student fulfills required courses, law students are given the freedom to personalize and tailor the experience to fit their interests and career goals. Law school is customizable and students should take full advantage of this! This can be done by hand selecting courses that reflect your interests and goals, studying abroad, and securing interesting and challenging internships.

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How To Stay Healthy In Law School

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How To Stay Healthy In Law School: Staying healthy in law school is very important. With the amount of reading, writing, and studying required to do well, a sickness can really set you back academically. Below are our tips for how to stay healthy in law school. Use them as a guide to help keep yourself in going strong!

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Have You Failed the MPRE Three Times? (Or Four Times, Or Five Times)…

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The Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) is tougher than it may seem at first glance. Many students have to take the MPRE not once, but twice, three times, or more! So if you find you have failed the MPRE three times, you are definitely not alone! The good news is, to our knowledge anyway, it is not on your record and we have never heard of an employer asking if you failed the MPRE! So, while it may be a hassle, and while those application fees can be expensive, and while you may hate wasting more than one Saturday morning on it, at least it is not going to leave any kind of blemish on your record. In this post, we tell you how to move past the MPRE and pass it the next time you take it! (You may also want to check out this post about why failing the MPRE can be a good thing!)

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