After three years, estimating a total of 1095 days or 26,280 hours, you’ve made it. You’ve proven resilient, despite the challenges that law school threw your way and you’ve now come to the end of the road as an accomplished and exceptional J.D. graduate. Congratulations! However, I am writing this post because you have likely found yourself in a peculiar position. Earlier this year as you embarked on your final semester, perhaps ordered your cap and gown and completed your graduate portraits, it’s unlikely that you foresaw that you would not be able to participate in a traditional graduation ceremony. As you began distributing invites to family members and reserving accommodations for their stay, it probably never struck you that all your efforts would be in vain due to the COVID-19 quarantine that we have found ourselves in for the past two months. [Read more…] about To the Class of 2020, Here Are 20 Ways You Can Still Celebrate Your Graduation in Quarantine
As strange as things may seem in the world right now due to COVID-19, summer is still on the horizon. Although we may not be enjoying the beach, traveling around or enjoying music festivals like we’ve done in summers past, you will still be required to execute nothing less than excellence for your summer job. Depending on the extent of state social distancing guidelines, it’s very likely that teleworking will be the reality of your summer experience. Considering this constraint, you may need to be prepared for minimal oversight of your writing assignments but high expectations for your work product. So, here are six legal writing tips to help you prepare and truly stand out in an unusual summer experience. [Read more…] about Six Legal Writing Tips to Help You Stand Out this Summer
Twenty-two million. This is the number of people who have filed unemployment claims since a national emergency was declared in the United States due to Covid-19. This is the number recorded as of the date that I’ve written this article, and this number will likely be higher by the time you’re reading it. This figure is staggering to say the least. Many small businesses have had to close their doors, many companies have had to lay off or furlough an overwhelming number of employees and upcoming graduates from the class of 2020 are beginning to see internships and job opportunities crumble right before them. The economic downturn the US is now facing all but confirms that a recession is coming. In times like these, the fear and uncertainty we experience is absolutely justified. As it currently stands, there is no end in sight to this pandemic and even when it does come to an end, we can’t even begin to comprehend the long term repercussions that will impact our economy. [Read more…] about Tips to finding Post-graduate Jobs during a Recession
“I simply don’t have the time,” was a phrase I had prepared on the tip of my tongue anytime I found myself: going weeks without exercising, ignoring my personal development goals or justifying my inability to communicate with family and friends on a regular basis. This was a phrase that rolled off my tongue oftentimes without thought. I made this declaration without actually looking into my schedule because I just knew without a shadow of a doubt that if I didn’t have work to do, I certainly had a series that I needed to complete on Netflix, a social gathering I needed to attend or memes that I needed to review in my social media inbox. Three weeks ago however, the concept of insufficient time came to a screeching halt. The COVID-19 pandemic took hold of the nation and in response, schools and many businesses transitioned to a work from home format as a tenet of the new social distancing framework many states have now instituted for its residents. [Read more…] about How to Use the Quarantine to Revamp your Time Management
Oh 3L year. A culmination of challenges, flexibility and dare I say fun? A year marred by the onslaught of senioritis, triggered by the impending close to a rigorous chapter. However, in addition to these feelings, 3L year as I can best remember, felt like I was being perched on the precipice of the unknown. I felt like I finally mastered law school, but how in the world would I master what’s next if I had no idea what to expect? Was I signed up for the right bar prep course? Was I already behind on my bar exam preparation? Would I ever get a post grad job or did I miss class again this morning? (I’m just joking, but not really). Do you find yourself having similar thoughts? Then it might be time for a good book for motivation. Yes, I know that reading for leisure is honestly a privilege in law school, but if there were ever a time that you have the flexibility to plug through a good book during law school, 3L year would be it. [Read more…] about Three Books to Read During 3L Year
Not many people would argue with me if I stated that the Socratic cold call method is perhaps the most difficult aspect of one’s law school experience. I mean that’s objectively a tough experience to get through, and one that’s likely etched into our memory forever. However, today I want to propose an experience that stands neck to neck or possibly outshines the fear we experience in those moments of public discourse. An experience that we forget years later as we button our power suits before heading into court or lean into our rollerball chairs in our cushy office suites. It’s the experience of our stomach tying into knots the moment your law school classmate exclaims in distress how many job interviews they have lined up that week, the moment your study group partner confides in you about their multiple job offers and how they can’t possibly make a decision. [Read more…] about Oh Where Oh Where Do 2Ls Go When All the Jobs Appear to be Taken?