California Desert Trial Academy College Of Law

Preparing to take the California State Bar

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For most students attending law school today, and for those enrolled at California Desert Trial Academy College of Law, taking the California State Bar Exam is the end of a long educational journey, testing would-be lawyers before they head out into the legal world to take on clients and hopefully flourish as well-rounded trial attorneys. The California Bar Exam is the test of all tests, although it certainly is not unheard of for a bright student to fail and have to take it again under what is usually significant stress; in many cases, students who find exciting job opportunities in...

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Setting the Scene: How Comfortable Should Everyone Be During Negotiations?


While some negotiations are cut and dry, and everyone is happy in a surprisingly efficient amount of time, those will probably be the bonus rounds in your career—the cherries on top. Other times, negotiations may be long, drawn-out, excruciating—and even heated; and after all, if the parties involved were able to agree easily, they would not need your services, and the other side would not have needed to retain legal counsel either. You may be a natural born debater and usually the one to come out on the winning end of any argument, but successful negotiators usually evolve through experience and...

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First-Year Law Students Must Budget Time Wisely

While the first year of high school is a serious time of adaption, leading to that exciting first year of college, upon entering the first year of law school, law students are taking their education—and the challenge level—to an exponentially higher degree. You will be reading voluminous amounts of material related to legal cases and coursework, and you will be expected to retain more information than ever before. Along with that, you must also devote even more time to your studies than ever before; in fact, if you’ve ever had a rigorous job where you worked overtime too, expect that...

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Setting Up the Most Effective Work Area for Distance Learning

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No matter where you attend law school, get ready to spend a great deal of time after class situated comfortably at your desk--and even if you are engaged in online, distance learning at a progressive law school like California Desert Trial Academy College of Law—with the freedom to study wherever you like—you will still need an organized area with everything at your fingertips for streamlined studying. There is no way around the fact that you will be poring over substantial amounts of reading material most days and nights, probably studying as many hours per week as you would devote to a...

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Time Management & How to Be More Effective Daily

Time Management

If you are new to law school, one thing is for sure: time is valuable, and there is never enough of it! Your greatest wish may be to churn out more hours in the day (along with more study time), but without the help of the magic genie, most likely that isn’t going to happen. Like most students before you, however, you will adapt, learning how to manage the 24 hours you are given better each day, with those time management skills being some of the most important strengths you will gain to help you in your law career later. ...

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Better Studying: Why Visual Aids Are So Beneficial

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Visual aids can be vital in almost every aspect of studying. As a law student, you will be subjected to many basic lectures which are based on a professor speaking and you listening, along with participation from the class. Much of this is supported by text, both before and after—serving as a visual aid, but it is always helpful to have other illustrations too. Because so much of the key to studying and retention is based on manipulating the mind and the memory, strengthening your abilities, you may find yourself looking for different methods to rely on when learning. Experienced teachers...

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Practicing Law: Your Clients Will Rely on You for Logical Thinking

Many of us have role models we look up to, some of whom we may have known since we were children. They may be parents, relatives, friends, counselors, or as we advance in age, teachers and professors. Whether you admire someone who may have a propensity for mathematical equations, writing fine prose, or spouting philosophy with eloquence—inspiring everyone around you—learning from them over the years may also help define you as a good candidate for law school. Today, you may be a strong leader, disciplined, and extremely meticulous—whether you are speaking or writing—but when it comes to law school, the LSAT...

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Learning to Excel While Under Stress


You don’t have to be considering a career in law to know that while everyone wants to excel in law school, it is stressful; the challenges are notorious, and well documented in dramas on television and in the movies too. If you are a law student entering your first year, words like organization, preparation, and participation will be drummed into your head, along with an ongoing emphasis on why you should never give into procrastination, and always have stellar studying skills. You may have even spent the entire summer before law school getting ahead of the game, leaping into your...

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Don’t Forget the Soft Skills: They Will Serve You Well

In life, soft skills tend to lend themselves to many different positive personal qualities and traits, along with training strong communicators. All of these defining features will be critical to your law career in helping you relate to others and be effective in the cases for which you will eventually be responsible. Not only will soft skills serve you well in training you how to work with clients better, but they will prepare you for dealing with many different personalities in the workplace, at the courthouse, and everywhere you encounter other people regularly as a trial attorney. Believe it or not,...

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Preparing to Go to Law School? What to Do the Summer Before Preparing to Go to Law School? What to Do the Summer Before

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Are you getting ready to attend California Desert Trial Academy College of Law after this summer? If so, now is the perfect time to start getting yourself ready and setting yourself up for success. As you prepare to go to law school, you are beginning one of the most exciting times of your life—and one that you will never replay again. Just as high school was an exciting milestone, and then your college years, law school will lend lifelong memories that you will have with you forever. Of course, many of these memories will center around hours of studying and...

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