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Cut Down on the Midnight Oil: Study Smarter, Not Longer

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Most of us begin hearing about the virtues of ‘good studying skills’ at an early age, along with learning about exercises like burning midnight oil. And like anything else you hear positive things about for years, there is probably some truth to it. Studying is important throughout our middle school and high school years because it helps reinforce classroom learning; along with that, it also helps student to contribute more during class discussions—and activity that can be enjoyable, empowering, and really build confidence. Aside from being older, more experienced, and more educated, most of this is true about why studying...

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Why Networking is So Important in Law School

Networking is often an unsavory word, especially when it pertains to pyramid schemes and marketing themes most of us are extremely wary of—and most of us have been sucked into at one time or another; however, as a law student, networking is an invaluable way to begin securing your position in the community as a professional. To begin, you may want to participate in an internship. Many of the larger firms doling out the more attractive internships may not take on law students until after the first year when they have gained enough knowledge to be useful to them, but in...

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Trial Lawyers: Who Do They Represent?

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Fictional trial lawyers certainly get their time on the big and small screens—and the characters they play are often extremely inspiring. Of course, watching TV is a lot easier than scoring the grades to get into law school, passing the state bar, and then stepping out into a high-powered career. In the most basic of definitions, a trial lawyer is a licensed professional who is usually hired by clients to represent them in court, whether in civil or criminal cases. They must research the details of the case fully, and often there may be a jury present also. A trial attorney...

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Outlining: Start Earlier Rather Than Later

While there are so many responsibilities in life most of us know we must tackle head on and we do so, out of basic obligation, there is just something about studying that brings out the procrastinator in everybody. Getting educated and learning about the inner workings of history and our world, getting to more about the type of law practice you seek, becoming adept at problem solving, preparing for major exams, and more, can all be extremely exciting, but there may be many a night when you would rather just get into your pajamas, watch TV, and sack out early....

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The Most Important Soft Skills an Attorney Should Master

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There is so much to consider in attaining a well-rounded education as an attorney, but most rising students are not thinking about soft skills, but are instead consumed by the nuts and bolt of law school, such as learning how to be strong in the areas of analytical and critical thinking, and ultimately, attaining powerful courtroom skills. Students must spend as much time going to class and studying as they would on a full-time job, along with learning everything possible about the law and legal procedures. Law school training is critical, but beyond that, real-life experience will put that education...

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Negotiating: Understanding the Logic of the Other Side

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There may be times when you wonder why you must play the game of negotiation at all; really, doesn't logic say it would just be easier for both parties to say what they want and get on with it? Many times, that is what they do in the beginning, but without hopes to give up the farm. Negotiations often involve high stakes and the process can become a stressful game as both parties are extremely concerned about their property, finances, personal and professional well-being, and overall—their future. From the outside looking in, negotiating may appear to be a tiresome process,...

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Understanding What it Means to Brief Your Cases

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Are you thinking about attending law school, or have already begun? If so, you may be driven to succeed by a complete fear of failure—after all, competition can be fierce in the higher learning atmosphere, but especially in a curriculum like that of law. Online distance learning at a law school like ___ presents the opportunity to cut out a lot of the stress as you can work from your home and skip so many of the headaches like trying to figure out an alternate place to live close by, commuting, finding childcare if you already have a family, and...

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Good Moral Character is One of the Greatest Traits an Attorney Can Possess

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Do you remember when lawyer jokes were all the rage? For the most part, such verbal games paint legal professionals out to be greedy creatures hailing directly from Satan himself—and there are millions of riddles and quips out there. Whether you are in law school or already in practice, it is good to be able to poke fun at yourself, and certainly there are so many attorneys in the work force today that there are bound to be some with less-than-stellar moral character, not to mention poor track records. But in your exposure to other law students, professors, and attorneys...

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The Law School Years: How to Have a Home Life Too

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Before you even head off to law school, you may be steeling yourself for the feeling of never having free time again. Many of us hear horror stories—some extreme—about the rigors of being a first-year law student especially, with some students even developing health problems after becoming so stressed out. The key of course though, is preparation and organization. You must start out that way, and try not to ever get behind, as that is when you may feel overtaken and overwhelmed by the amount of work facing you. If you enter law school with complete dedication and the ability to...

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Writing to Your Reader: What Does This Mean as a Lawyer?

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As a law student enrolled at California Desert Trial Academy College of Law, you will find that there is a serious focus on honing the writing skills; in fact, the Saturday Enrichment Program on campus is one of the most valuable parts of this education, giving students a chance to learn unique essay writing skills that will be extremely helpful for sitting for the bar. You may have had strong writing skills your whole life. You may love to read and have a natural skill. For legal writing, however, there are many facets you will need to master. In many cases,...

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