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The September, Um, October Bar Exam Approaches – Don’t Fear (Bar Exam Moved To October)

The September, Um, October Bar Exam Approaches – Don’t Fear (Bar Exam Moved To October)

The California Supreme Court first announced preliminary plans for administering the October Bar Exam online in a July 16 letter to the State Bar Board of Trustees. These plans have been confirmed and finalized with the next California Bar Exam scheduled for October 5–6, 2020. Under the direction of the California Supreme Court, the exam will be administered primarily online. The California First-Year Law Students' Exam, also known as the Baby Bar, has been rescheduled to November 17, 2020. In July, California Supreme Court justices held a videoconference with California law school deans, then held a three-hour virtual hearing to receive input from law school graduates registered...

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Holding A Job As A Law Student

Holding A Job As A Law Student

Law school, like any form of undergraduate. graduate, or postgraduate education, is expensive, especially since a law student also loses the income that he or she would have gained from working. Some students are lucky enough to receive some form of financial aid, but not all are so fortunate. For a good part of the last century, the notion of working and attending law school was foreign to most students who believed that there was no time to work and study the law. In 2020, times have changed, and many students need to work as a means of paying their tuition...

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Why The CDTA Embraces Online Technology

Why The CDTA Embraces Online Technology

Even before the advent of the coronavirus pandemic, the California Desert Trial Academy (CDTA), unlike the majority of law schools and educational institutions, embraced and utilized the use of online technology as an important and essential tool for teaching students, not just how to be exceptional attorneys, but exceptional attorney-advocates. Various technologies and applications for use in the instruction of law have become available in the last two decades. The California Desert Trial Academy has taken advantage of many of these tools to assist its students for the last eight years. Always seeking new ways to enrich the law school experience, the CDTA stays...

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Preparing For The Return To Law School …Whenever It Comes

Preparing For The Return To Law School …Whenever It Comes

In the summer of 2020, life is in flux on a global level. Students whose legal educations may have been interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic are preparing to take most, if not all, of their classes online. Here are some tips to ensure that you are prepared for the return to law school…whenever it comes. *Maintain physical and mental well-being Stay well and focus on maintaining the good health of those around you, literally. Wear a mask. Whether classes are live or online in the fall semester, if you are not healthy, you will not be able to participate.  With all the...

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Flipping The Law School Classroom

Flipping The Law School Classroom

The California Desert Trial Academy College of Law (CDTA) adheres to a modern, innovative learning platform that improves on the traditional model of educating law students. The CDTA utilizes this more practical and modern approach not only to train, educate, and develop students to be exceptional attorneys but to also train them to be exceptional trial advocates. Flipping learning refers to a growing educational practice that is increasingly being used by institutions of higher learnings to teach doctrinal subjects. Flipping the classroom involves showing videos to students who watch these short presentations outside of the classroom and following it with person-to-person classroom instruction for active,...

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Taking Advantage Of Online Legal Resources During The Pandemic

Taking Advantage Of Online Resources During The Pandemic

There are a variety of online legal resources available to lawyers, law students, and legal scholars. As the pandemic, and the resulting quarantine, increase the opportunities for stay-at-home legal studies, now is an opportune time to take advantage of these mostly free resources. Many valuable free online legal resources are available on common, well-known legal websites. The American Bar Association along with state and local bar associations offer a vast amount of useful content. These resources include free educational webinars, ebooks, topical articles, and legal guides that are accessible at no cost to the user. Legal Research Tools While Lexis and Westlaw are...

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COVID-19, The Summer Of 2020, And I’m A Law Student

COVID-19, The Summer Of 2020, And I’m A Law Student

The COVID-19 pandemic is having significant life-altering effects daily. As a result, the world in flux may cause fear and anxiety for many, especially those who are in the middle of their academic careers. Anyone who just completed their first year of law school and endured the spring of 2020 when the pandemic gained strength, most likely has an endless list of questions and concerns about what the future holds beyond the summer of 2020. Whether you are a student, professor, partner, associate, legal support staff member, or legal technical professional, the COVID-19 pandemic has had some effect on you. However,...

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Attorneys, Advocates, And The CDTA Vision

Attorneys, Advocates, And The CDTA Vision

“Law school teaches law students the law, but it doesn’t teach law students to be lawyers” is an oft-used well-known criticism of traditional law schools. As these traditional law schools chiefly focused on substantive learning through class discussion based on students’ reading and briefing cases, any desire to gain knowledge of the everyday skills related to the routine practice of law was primarily left to students to pursue solely on their own. Any desire to learn those skills that allow an attorney to advocate and assert the rights of clients was primarily left to students to pursue solely on their...

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Using Zoom To Enhance Your Law School Experience

Using Zoom To Enhance Your Law School Experience

At the California Desert Trial Academy, we are continuously seeking ways to better utilize online resources for the benefit of CDTA’s growing student body. This includes better ways for students and faculty to communicate. Zoom provides a reliable, feature-laden video communications experience for students and professors alike. Its’ value is obvious and importance cannot be overstated during the coronavirus pandemic. For many law students, Zoom will now do more than enhance their law school experience – Zoom will provide their law school experience. As of the beginning of spring, 2020, law students were trying to adjust to the dramatic alteration of...

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The Importance Of Maintaining Routines During Quarantine

The Importance Of Maintaining Routines During Quarantine

Everyday living as we know it has been changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing and staying at home have become the norm taking us away from that in which we thrive. In the context of law school, this means that law students must find ways to maintain their routines to avoid falling behind and jeopardizing their graduation as scheduled. Any daily work or school routine has been seriously altered and disrupted by the pandemic. Many people are struggling to adapt and work or study remotely for the first time because of this unprecedented and unforeseen event. Unfortunately, there is no...

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