October 24, 2015
October 16, 2015
I have a friend who just took her LSAT and all we talk about is her applications, and I realized that there's actually a lot that you need to do before applying to law schools and thought I could right some down.
- consider joining a Pre-Law organization to meet other people interested in law and for opportunities to find out if law school is right for you and what law school is about
- talk to your advisor about your goals to law school so you can be taking some classes for future law students
- start looking for opportunities to volunteer and do some community service to build your resumé
- continue to look for ways to be involved on campus
- contact at least 3 possible professors about writing a rec letter
- look into the different methods of preparing for the LSAT and start saving up to pay for a class
- attend any roundtables that visiting law schools put on at your school. even if you're not interested in that school you'll still learn a lot
- register for the required Law School Admissions Council
- research potential law schools that are in the state that you want to practice in
- register for the required Credential Assembly Service ($125)
- look into getting an internship at a law firm, courthouse, anything to give you experience in the legal field
- visit law schools you're interested in
- write a personal statement rough draft
- start studying for the LSAT
- check the deadlines for law school applications
- register for the Law School Admissions Test ($140)
- gather all of your rec letters
- visit career services at your school to have your law school resumé edited
- have an English professor or someone from your school's writing center edit your personal statement
October 13, 2015
October 6, 2015
After six weeks in, I've noticed that there's a few students who I just am not sure are going to be here next semester. We've even had such a problem with people showing up an hour late or taking coffee breaks in the middle of class that the dean had to send out an email telling people not to do this! I take law school very seriously, but it really feels like a few students aren't doing this at all.
October 4, 2015
ResearchI knew the actual writing part of this would be easy, but coming up with the information I needed to write the memo has been more time consuming than I'd like.This is even more boring than reading the cases in my books because it isn't slimmed down to just the main points so I have to read all of the non-relevant parts to find out what is relevant. Just overall time consuming. I tried shortcutting it through finding a brief online but now I know that only the major cases are briefed for you. This makes sense because theres hundreds of thousands of them, but I thought it was worth a shot.
What goes in a memo
make sure to make memos informative and objective, but not persuasive
- give the client’s issue
- identify the legally relevant facts of the case
- cite properly
- give holding
- what will happen if our court will apply this law to our case
- what the opposing council probably will argue
Final ThoughtsThe hardest part was discussing both sides of four cases, because I kept having to look at what I'd already written to make sure that I wasn't contradicting myself and was being consistent. Also time consuming was making sure that I was tying in my cases in a relevant, and clear way.
October 2, 2015
Here's a few more tips that I've been introduced to lately.
- Go to WestlawNext
- Under the Browse Area, All Content Section, click Secondary Sources (7th link)
- Look to the far right for an area titled Tools & Resources
- Click on the first link, Black's Law Dictionary
- Save this page as a favorite to your browser and boom —> free dictionary always available to you
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