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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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Five Skills Extraordinary Lawyers Possess

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As a law student at California Desert Trial Academy College of Law, when you take a break from classes and studying, you may often find yourself daydreaming about what it will be like to become an attorney. You imagine yourself in court, kicking the other side all over the room with your legal prowess and knowledge of the law, not to mention overall charisma and brilliance. And while these are of course all some of the qualities that make up an exceptional lawyer, the reality is that attorneys must possess a wide range of skills to please their clients and...

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What Type of Law Practice Do You Envision?

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If you are thinking about enrolling at California Desert Trial Academy College of Law, or if you are already a law student there, being a trial lawyer is probably the law practice you envision. You aren’t alone, as many rising students envision a career presenting cases for trial in the courtroom. This means interviewing your client extensively so that you understand the case comprehensively and can launch a strong defense—speaking in public, thinking quickly in the heat of the moment, and addressing the jury. Being a trial lawyer means you have the chance to make an impact on society in...

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Excel in All Negotiation Stages

You may enjoy arguing, debating, and all aspects of the negotiation stages, and this may have been a talent you have enjoyed since you were young, thus pushing you forward to pursue a career in law. The good news is that if you worry you don’t have strong negotiation skills, there are plenty of ways to shore up your techniques—and especially if you are just entering law school. And if you are already strong in that area, then negotiation training as a law student will probably come easily to you and be very enjoyable as coursework. There is so much to know,...

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Understanding Alternative Dispute Resolution in California

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As a law student, you may be surprised to hear that it is possible for attorneys to spend significant amounts of time with their clients, involved in mediation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution. This is often the case in divorce cases, but many times in business cases also. As a trial attorney you may hope to avoid processes like alternative dispute resolution and practice your skills in the courtroom, but it may be judge mandated. Mediation, for instance, may also be extremely popular with clients who want to avoid the stress of the courtroom. Litigation can, undoubtedly in some cases,...

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Writing an Effective Demand Letter

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While many students who go on to law school have majored in areas like political science, public policy, economics, or philosophy, the English majors or those who have a strong propensity for writing--and especially a demand letter--have a definite head start. As an attorney, you will be required to do an enormous amount of reading and writing in your career. But it all starts in law school. And there, you will also do copious amounts (to understate!) of reading in your studying assignments and writing for your classwork. Learning how to write an effective demand letter is vital—and especially when you consider...

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Organize Better to Have Good Studying Skills in Law School

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The best law students are those who are prepared and organize, exhibiting good studying skills. If you are only prepared to ‘wing it,’ chances are your experience is going to be dismal at best. And while some students may enter law school with you, making you shake your head wondering how they ever expected to succeed after skipping class and finishing assignments in a hit and miss manner, there is no doubt that the task is daunting for all. Most first year law students arrive well-educated on one thing: the enormous challenge ahead. Being in law school, going to class, and...

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Shrewd Negotiators Learn to Read Body Language

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If you are learning to be one of the shrewd negotiators in your field, it is common sense to check out the body language of whoever you are speaking with; after all, anything possible that can help you ease into an amicable settlement is usually welcomed, and usually by your client more than anyone else. Negotiating is a learned art, no matter how much arguing power you may have been naturally blessed with. And although you will most likely be paid by your client to come up with a suitable agreement and settlement, it is almost always best to seek...

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Online Law School: Will I Need to Take the LSAT

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Are you thinking about going to online law school in California? If so, you may be one of the many prospective students in the US now turning to distance learning to achieve a degree, and even an intensive one like a Juris Doctorate. Most of us lead hectic lives even without attending school, and you may be looking for a way to make education your priority but in ways that are more conducive to your lifestyle. But keep in mind that just as working at home can be every bit as rigorous and serious as going to an office—so can...

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