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Getting Somewhere in Negotiating: Ask the Right Questions

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Learning to ask the right questions can be difficult, and negotiating is an art, as most of us have heard throughout the years—and upon seeing master negotiators in action, it is hard to disagree; however, once put in the position of negotiating terms for a client, while up against another seasoned attorney, you will probably also find it hard to disagree that negotiating is a learned trait. Sure, you may have a brilliant and logical mind, and possess both the debating skills and charm necessary to win what your client wants, but there is a long list of details to...

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What Sets Trial Lawyers Apart

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If you are attending California Desert Trial Academy College of Law, then you must envision yourself graduating and becoming one of the successful trial lawyers of California. We have all enjoyed a variety of different movies and television shows featuring savvy lawyers who know how to steal the scene in court, leaving the jury and everyone else riveted—and of course, winnng the case dramatically. The basics in being a trial lawyer include bringing in the clients, interviewing them and finding out all the details of their cases, and then representing them in court. This is also, however, one of the areas...

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Negotiating Settings: Understand Which Are Best

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As a law student, you will have a long list of challenging, and hopefully enormously inspiring, subjects to study, including the art of negotiating and establishing negotiating settings. And while you may think you have a tight grip on negotiating already due to a naturally insightful and analytical mind, there is a lot of psychology that goes into this type of work—and if you want to win for your client, it may involve much strategy too when dealing with an important case. A novice negotiator, or an overly confident one, may be content to settle for a generic setting; however, it...

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Distance Learning in Law Requires Dedication & Discipline

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Law school is challenging no matter what campus or method of learning you choose. Famous for shaking students up, even if they were known to be the best in high school and college, law school can be rigorous for everyone. You may be shocked to find that those peers who seem to top you every time with classroom discussions, writing assignments, and more are struggling with their grades in the first year too. And no matter where you are, chances are you will be living and breathing the law. Some of your peers may embrace a work hard, play hard...

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Trial Lawyers Must Have Exceptional Organizational Skills

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Whether you are thinking about going to law school, are currently enrolled, or are a practicing attorney, you have probably heard that the job of being a lawyer isn’t nearly as glamorous as it is cracked up to be—and that a legal career can be very boring. This can vary depending on the person; for example, you may have a passion for corporate law or intellectual property—or even tax law. No matter what type of practice you choose to specialize in—or if you hang out your shingle and practice a variety of different types of law—your focus in life as...

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Worried about Those First Year Law School Grades?

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Students choose to attend law school for a wide range of reasons, but find later that dealing with law school grades can sometimes be harrowing. You may have had a lifelong dream to be a lawyer, to help people, and see justice served—or you may be interested in taking on a fast-paced, challenging career, especially if you are studying to be a trial attorney. Today, many individuals take on a law degree as a second career, often later in life too. You may be studying at a conventional law school or perhaps taking the progressive route of distance learning, but...

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The Benefits of Study Groups for Law Students

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Whether you are attending a conventional law school or distance learning through a progressive institution like California Desert Trial Academy College of Law, studying is key, and study groups can be helpful; in fact, there can be so much detail to absorb on a constant basis that if you fall behind in your studying it could be impossible to catch up. The more disciplined you are, the better your outcome will be, and especially if you are participating in distance learning where you are more responsible for scheduling your time independently. This involves reading all your assignments on time, briefing...

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Handwriting Classroom Notes Shown to Be More Effective

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Most of us remember taking classroom notes as younger students, writing everything by hand. Slowly though, that has gone by the wayside with the advance of laptops and tablets—not to mention the ability to videotape classes when permitted. Pen and paper have been fast tracked by electronics, and in fact, many younger students may be hard-pressed to find a writing utensil (aside from a stylus) in their backpacks today. You may wonder if proper handwriting is going to become completely obsolete when you consider how rarely you find yourself putting pen to paper; however, in the classroom it may be...

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Leave Your Electronic Devices Behind While Attending Class

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The need to pay attention in class is something we are all made aware of from a young age, although electronic devices have changed the scope of what this means now sometimes. This can be especially difficult in the formative years as the hours wear on in the day and all we want to do is go home. Heading into college and graduate school, however, the need to be there is transformed for many into a want, and a burning desire to succeed—especially when students are paying for classes on their own. Getting the most out of class as an...

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Bombed a Test? Use Failure to Understand What You Don’t Know

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After bombing a test, you may have heard others say ‘Well, I’m just not good at taking exams.” Or you may have said this yourself throughout the years. Often, this is just anxiety speaking—and to ward that off, it is helpful to understand more about your educational experience and the culture of testing. Understanding what you are learning in class and then demonstrating your mastery of it is of course the crux of testing and passing or failing could ultimately make the difference in getting what you want out of life, at the time, which is probably graduating from a...

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