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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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Problem Solving: Do You Have What It Takes?

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We are not all skilled at problem solving; in fact, you probably grew up with a friend or family member who was always a fixer and helped negotiate or smooth over any issue. Perhaps that person was you, or perhaps you are hoping to increase those techniques as you learn more skills in law school. No matter what your background, to be a good trial attorney (or any type of attorney at all!) these are skills that you will need to finely hone, beginning with compiling all the information you need. If there is a legal dispute at hand, speak with...

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Shrewd Negotiators Learn to Read Body Language

Shrewd Negotiators

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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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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