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What’s A Law Review?

Before I decided to seriously pursue a career in law or to attend law school, I had a lot of misperceptions about the process of attaining a law degree. I was particularly confused about one aspect of legal education: law review.

It seems like every successful politician or serious academic—assuming they attended law school—was, at one time or another, the editor-in-chief of his or her law review. I knew there was something prestigious about this mysterious position, but I had no idea what it actually entailed. So, now that I’m actually in law school, I’d like to shed some light on law review for all you prospective applicants.

First, what is law review? Law review is an academic journal that publishes articles by professors and other scholars in a variety of legal practices.

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Feb 26, 2015 - 6:47 pm - By Philip Mayer
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Logical Reasonings / 2.26.15

A) Don’t lose the reader in the first sentence of your personal statement. jdMission

B) A law prof explores changes in the bar exam over the sixty years, and wonders if the Uniformed Bar Exam is doing its job. Above the Law

C) The FCC declares net neutrality! Take one second to celebrate, then prepare for Congress and/or ISP’s to challenge the ruling for the next gazillion years. Gizmodo

D) Here’s what women could afford if it weren’t for the gender pay gap. Sure, but then what could mean afford?! (Oh, right, all the same things.) Washington Post

E) Llamas on the lloose! <-- A headline you will see on the local news tonight. But seriously, two llamas got loose and helicopters followed the chase to bring them in and it's all online. AREN'T YOU GLAD THE NET IS NETURAL?! Slate

Feb 26, 2015 - 3:06 pm - By Greg Nix
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What Kind of Summer Job Can a 1L Get?

For most people, law school is about getting a job. If things go well, you’ll probably have some sort of offer for permanent employment in the fall after your first year. But before you get there, you’ll need to get a job for your first summer. For many, this will be a first look at legal work. You’ll have several options.

Judicial Internships
During a judicial internship you’ll get to work in the chambers of a judge. You probably won’t have a lot of contact with your judge, but you’ll still get to observe cases and you’ll work pretty closely with the clerks.

The great thing about judicial internships is that you get to apply for them before your first semester grades come out.

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Feb 25, 2015 - 6:43 pm - By Yuko Sin
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Logical Reasonings / 2.25.15

A) How LinkedIn can be useful to prelaws. Pen and Chisel

B) A top law school is overhauling its budget at the same time its dean is stepping down. Take it, Bowie! Above the Law

C) Elena Kagan cited Dr. Seuss in a Supreme Court decision today, possibly the reason Samuel Alito’s heart grew three sizes. Slate

D) Happy birthday, here’s a cake shaped like Saul Goodman. Legal Cheek

E) Parks and Recreation ended last night and now the world is a sadder place. Maybe this oral history of the show can help fill the void. Uproxx

Feb 25, 2015 - 3:11 pm - By Greg Nix
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Choosing a Law School After You’re Accepted

At this point in the year, as you’re practically blowing your nose and wiping your bum with an unmanageable mountain of law school acceptance letters (*fingers crossed*), you enter the hardest part of the application journey: deciding where to go.

For most people, the primary factors to consider are — in precisely this order — cash, money, guap, and cheeze. Whether in the form of scholarships, grants, or financial aid, it’s imperative that you consider where your school choice will land you financially in three years. That’s truer now than ever before, because graduate school debt, and law school debt in particular, has drastically increased in the last few years without a commensurate rise in payment or employment prospects. In fact, since 2008, many firms have actually scaled back their hiring, and some schools have responded with shady-at-best practices to obfuscate their blighted placement records.

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Feb 24, 2015 - 6:30 pm - By Robert Seaney
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