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Why You Need Discipline To Develop Diligence

Some people, when stuck in a unchanging pattern, look for ways to improve themselves, their routine, or work product. They take a class, or read a book, or look at motivational memes. The motivation works — for a couple days. But eventually it wears ...

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2015 ABA 509 Disclosures: Fifty Shades Of Grey

Quietly and without fanfare, the ABA 509 Required Disclosures website was updated with the 2015 reports. December 15th is the required reporting day, but you don’t see it mentioned that often. Law schools are required to post their 509 reports ...

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How To Write A Good Legal Memo

Perhaps the most important skill a new lawyer needs to have a firm grasp of is writing. Why? Writing is thinking: It’s simple. The amount of information our brains can fit into our short term memory at once isn’t a lot. If ...

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How to Juggle a Family and Law School

We’re probably a month out from most law schools opening their doors again for the Fall. There is also going to be a new (though smaller) crop of 1Ls heading in those doors. It’s been a few years since I ...

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Book Review: The Practice

Next in a series of long overdue book reviews, here are my thoughts on The Practice: Brutal Truths About Lawyers And Lawyering by Brian Tannebaum. Go buy this book right now. I’ll elaborate. As with my review of Supreme Ambitions, ...

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Book Review: Supreme Ambitions

So this review is long overdue. I received an advance preview copy of David Lat’s debut novel, Supreme Ambitions, back in October of last year. I read it immediately and enjoyed it, but it also came at a time when ...

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What Skills Do You Need To Have To Get Hired As A New Lawyer?

Last year on the Legal Skills Prof Blog a paper was released on SSRN by Professor Neil W. Hamilton entitled Changing Markets Create Opportunities: Emphasizing the Competencies Legal Employers Use in Hiring New Lawyers (Including Professional Formation/Professionalism). I thought it sounded interesting and gave ...

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