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It’s Spring! Preparing For The Stretch Run

It’s Spring! Preparing For The Stretch Run

Spring is here, or just about here. For law students, they’re making the turn and heading into the stretch. Only a few months remain until final exams. For students waiting for later to catch up, it’s “later” - now is the time to make good on self-directed promises. Typically, law students, especially 1Ls, have little left in the tank and are near exhaustion. Here are some tips for students to maximize all the energy, resolve, and hard work they have left. Celebrate. There’s no reason to panic if you feel tired and completely “spent.” You’ve made it this far through...

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It’s Never Too Late For New Year’s Resolutions

It’s Never Too Late For New Year's Resolutions

The California Desert Trial Academy (CDTA) provides students with a distinctive educational platform that focuses on students learning to become competent and effective attorney-advocates. While CDTA emphasizes those crucial skills that can positively affect an attorney’s legal practice after graduation, many traditional law schools fail to provide a similar focus. The result? Students at some traditional schools fail to receive adequate instruction in skills necessary to practice law and serve clients effectively from day one. It’s never too late for change. Although we’re well into 2020, there are still several months remaining in the spring semester and plenty of time for...

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Bar Exam Basics: The Week Before

The February Bar Exam The Week Before

Many law students and bar examinees wonder what to do the week before the bar exam. Do not try to review everything every day during this final week! Reviewing too many subjects will make you feel overwhelmed and not help with retention. Always keep the daily workload manageable. Also, do not try to save time by eliminating sleep, exercise, or a good diet. These things are more important than ever. Here are some other useful tips for the week before. FOCUS Determine the likely primary subtopic areas that will be on the test and focus on them rather than focusing on those rarely...

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Managing Time & Completing Daily Tasks

The Soft Skills: Managing Time & Completing Daily Tasks

The importance of how attorneys manage their time is often overlooked. Some attorneys think this is an unnecessary task that they can easily manage “on-the-fly.” However, wise attorneys formulate and implement a time management system that prioritizes the completion of tasks into their law practices. This allows them to perform their job more efficiently so they may not only maximize their income but also have more time for other, i.e., leisure, activities. Many attorneys perform services pursuant to a retainer agreement where they bill hourly for their work. Poor time management will result in fewer hours expended performing services, which means less...

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Time Management & Prioritizing Work

The Soft Skills: Time Management & Prioritizing Work

The California Desert Trial Academy (CDTA) provides students with a distinctive educational platform that focuses on students learning soft skills, as well as the substantive law. Soft skills include people skills, management skills, technical skills, and analytical skills. While CDTA emphasizes these crucial skills that can make a positive difference in an attorney’s daily practice of law, many traditional law schools fail to properly ensure that students receive adequate instruction in the soft skills. One important soft skill is time management, which can make or break the profitability of an attorney’s practice. Today’s attorney has multiple phone lines, email addresses, and...

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Updating Your Outlines

Updating Your Outlines

We ’ve seen all types of legal outlines. From the ten-page outline to the (gulp) 100-page outline, these valuable summaries come in all lengths and forms. They are valuable tools for helping students understand the substantive law. It is likely that outlines are the most important study tool law students will use throughout their time in law school. It’s important for students to keep outlines updated for reasons related to their academic and professional careers. At exam time, students need relevant information in the proper format to study efficiently and effectively. There are various tools and techniques that a law student...

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Passing The Baby Bar The First Time

Passing The Baby Bar The First Time

Students enrolled in the J.D. degree program at the California Desert Trial Academy (CDTA) who successfully complete their first year of law studies must pass the First-Year Law Students Examination (FYSLX), also known as the Baby Bar, required by Business and Professions Code 6060(h) and Rule VIII of the Rules Regulating Admission to Practice Law in California, as part of their requirements to qualify to take the California Bar Examination. At CDTA, your first year of law school is not only geared toward learning the first-year subjects, but it is particularly geared towards passing the Baby Bar. Our school boasts a...

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Use Professor Office Hours To Your Advantage

Use Professor Office Hours To Your Advantage

All students, especially law students, must take advantage of the one-on-one nature of meeting with professors during office hours. These student-teacher interactions are invaluable since they can often evolve beyond the course material into discussions relating to how the subject concepts are connected to other areas of legal study and relevant to the student’s professional goals. It’s the first day of class, and professors typically observe the ritual of telling students their office hours while telling them to stop in if they need assistance or just want to say hello. Sadly, many professors complain that they see very few students during...

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Time Management & The Pomodoro Technique

Soft Skills: Time Management & The Pomodoro Technique

The California Desert Trial Academy’s (CDTA) unique educational platform focuses on students learning the soft skills in addition to the core substantive law. The soft skills that students at the CDTA can expect to learn are numerous. Training goes beyond bar-tested academic subjects and include skills training and values reinforcement. All the soft skills - critical thinking skills, logical, clear and concise writing skills, effective reading skills, and persuasive presentation skills – are important and beneficial to a student’s future success as a legal advocate. One such soft skill is time management. The Pomodoro Technique has been used effectively to...

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A CDTA Student’s Checklist For Year Four

A CDTA Student’s Checklist For Year Four

Year Four of the CDTA’s unique, distinct curriculum includes 3.5-hour weekly sessions on the following subjects: Trial Advocacy Wills & Trusts Business Associations Community Property Legal Memorandum & Brief Drafting Remedies   Like traditional law schools, CDTA’s curriculum is designed to teach students the substantive law of core subject areas. In year four, students delve into business entities (Business Associations), the marital (Community Property), testamentary, and inter vivos dispositions of property (Wills & Trusts), and the enforcement of clients’ rights (Remedies). Unlike traditional law schools, CDTA emphasizes training and developing students to be capable and competent advocates in any courtroom. In year four,...

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