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Are Most Law School Internships Paid?

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Law school internships can be an invaluable experience, and has come to be an expected rite of passage for most law students—and whether you are a older attorney or a student at California Desert Trial Academy College of Law, you are probably accustomed to a legal atmosphere that has at least one enthusiastic intern around, a person who is more than happy just to be in the midst of the legal realm—and with good reason, because the internship is an excellent vehicle for reinforcing all that learning from law school. The educational experience goes the other direction too, as you...

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Legalese: What is It Good For?

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As a first-year law student, most likely you have no idea how much you will progress in mastering legal writing over the next few years, along with learning to avoid legalese. This may even be such a gradual process that you hardly realize it is happening. If you are a motivated student immersed in voluminous amounts of law school studying and legal reading though, it would be hard for that not to rub off, making you even more adept at manipulating the English language. Much of that is the entire goal of education to begin with, although for law school...

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Legal Contracts: Why Are They Usually So Hard to Understand?

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Even before law school, you may have wondered why legal documents must be so ridiculously difficult to read; after all, the idea behind a contract or any other document being signed by one or more parties is to make sure that everyone is apprised of exactly what is included in the deal or agreement, and that they support every word which was clearly understood, motivating them to authorize permission with their personal signature. Legalise is not hard to come by in written documents. You may have been exposed to it numerous times over the years in a variety of different agreements—perhaps...

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Online Law Studies: Enjoying a More Personalized Experience

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Upon the advent of the internet, few probably realized how much it would change the world, along with inventions like online law studies. And while traditional practices such as shopping at the mall and driving to a conventional campus to attend school are still appealing to consumers, the ability to use online resources presents us with choices about how we want to lead our lives. You may experience this today, even in the smallest of ways; for instance, perhaps you check your bank balance online every morning, but prefer to go to the bank to do your deposit. You may...

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Interviewing for Law School Internships: The Questions You Should Ask

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It is very common for law school students to take on internships, and although this may be possible sometimes during the actual school year, if you are attending California Desert Trial Academy College of Law it is recommended that law students take on such endeavors during their breaks. This can be an extremely valuable way to spend your summer or even just a winter break. The law school internship is often the result of heavy networking however, and you may see this in play with many other students as soon as you get into your law school studies. If you are...

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What Makes Being a Trial Lawyer So Fulfilling?

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If you are attending California Desert Trial Academy College of Law, you have made the choice to pursue a career as a trial attorney. In choosing to become a lawyer, you may have been following your dreams to work with others, along with pursuing a special interest to see justice served. No matter what type of law you practice, chances are it will be intellectually stimulating, and you will continue to learn every day. This begins in law school where you are continually absorbing information about the law that you will apply later, daily. As a trial lawyer using your talent...

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How to Be an Exceptional Online Student

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The challenges of law school and being a student are famously stringent. In attending California Desert Trial Academy College of Law, however, you may find that you are suddenly embracing the mentality of working smarter—not harder. All the extraneous issues and logistics for dealing with life outside the classroom are taken away, such as having to find a place to live on or near campus (most likely you haven’t had to consider relocating at all, unless it was already a necessity for other reasons). That constant commute, family complexities such as childcare or juggling driving with another family member and traveling...

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Law Students: Why You Must Master Both Critical & Creative Thinking

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As an attorney, many of your clients in the future will hold you in the highest regard—intellectual superhero status even—after all, you have extensive education and the knowledge to win against ‘the bad guys’ in court. Whether you decide to litigate in civil court or perhaps become a criminal attorney and even act as the defense in some high-profile cases, the tools you use over the years stemming from law school will be the same. Mastering critical thinking is key because it allows you to follow through on an idea successfully—and this can cross many different realms and applications, aside from...

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During Law School: Self-Care is Vital to Your Success

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Just those two little words, law school, may invoke terror in students about to embark on four undeniably challenging years; in fact, many individuals may just be terrified by school in general, depending on the level of difficulty. In law school, however, and hopefully this includes you—many students worked extremely hard to get to that point and enthusiastically preparing not only to take the California State Bar, but also branch out into a fulfilling career that could span many decades. You may hear varying reports and tidbits of advice, from warning you to be afraid, to reminding you to enjoy every...

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Legal Copy: Legalese v. Plain Writing

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If you are in your first year of law school or beyond, chances are you are a competent writer. The term legal writing may fill you with dread, however, as you imagine all the long tomes of legalese surely now you are expected to emulate spectacularly. The truth is though, people should be able to read what you write—and yes, even enjoy it at times. Writing to your reader, your audience, can be much easier than you think, and especially if you envision them in your mind while you are typing. Chances are they are not all that much different...

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