Practical Advice

  • October 8, 2009
    Practical Advice
    A boatload of debt awaits the average 2008 law school graduate, the Daily Business Review reports, citing a nonprofit group, Equal Justice Works.

    Beth Kobliner, author of Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties, tells the Journal that it may be easy for graduating students to "feel overwhelmed, but the best thing you can do is to educate yourself about your options."

    The Journal's article, which appears at Career Center, provides information for the debt-ridden law school graduate, such as:

    Find out if you qualify for income-based repayment. William Hoye, director of financial aid at Duke University Law School, said this new program for government-backed loans is one that every law grad should know about. The program offers especially attractive repayment terms for those who take public interest jobs.

  • September 22, 2009
    Practical Advice
    In another Practical Advice installment, law students, especially first-years or 1Ls, should take a little time to read Professor Orin Kerr's "How to Read a Legal Opinion: A Guide for New Law Students." includes a link to Kerr's 2007 article as well as other helpful posts on succeeding in law school. Kerr, a professor of law at The George Washington University Law School, writes that his guide "is designed to help new law students prepare for the first few weeks of class. It explains what judicial opinions are, how they are structured, and what law students should look for when reading them." Kerr's article guides students through gleaning information from cases and provides tips on what law professors are looking for from reading assignments.

    In explaining why professors rely on the "case method," Kerr writes that there are historical and practical reasons for doing so:

  • September 15, 2009
    Practical Advice
    Public interest lawyers, law students and law professors should be alert to ACS ResearchLink. ACS ResearchLink, now in its third year, is an innovative on-line resource for the legal community. The project leverages previously untapped resources to generate and shares new ideas about important legal issues, while engaging the next generation of lawyers in addressing vital law and policy issues. In a nutshell, the program works by having public interest practitioners submit legal research topics for law students to write on under faculty supervision for academic credit. The topic authors receive copies of the resulting articles and the best papers are published in the searchable ACS ResearchLink e-library. Law students using ACS ResearchLink are also encouraged to have their works published in printed journals. ResearchLink papers have been published in journals including the California Law Review, the Oklahoma Law Review and the San Francisco Law Review.
  • September 14, 2009
    Practical Advice
    Today ACSblog is launching a new feature that will periodically provide practical advice for law students, lawyers and others in the legal and policy community. The inaugural post highlights efforts of The University of Chicago law professor Brian Leiter in helping students and graduates pursue careers in legal academia. Though Leiter's information for "Academic Job-Seekers," contains some Chicago-specific advice, it offers a great deal of general information for those interested in legal academic careers. See here for a handbook containing information, created by Leiter, on the academic job market.

    We hope you enjoy the new ACSblog "practical advice" feature.