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Establishing Focal Points at the Bargaining Table

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It is important to arrive at the bargaining table completely prepared. With court appearances, new cases to deal with, and the hectic pace of managing your law practice in the future, however, you may find that to be a difficult task to follow through with sometimes. Flying by the seat of your pants during a negotiation is a great way to find yourself completely embarrassed though, as well as on the losing end for a client who may be relying on you to close a very important deal. Along with compiling background on the other side before arriving (this includes basic...

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Weak Writing Skills? Why You Will Need to Improve Them for Your Law Career

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Good writing comes from an enormous amount of practice. While you may love to read and writing may come easy, if you are planning to pursue a career in law, your communication skills in putting pen to paper must become finely-tuned. And this does not mean writing in excruciating legalese either! The best writers can communicate clearly and in as interesting a manner as possible, although that may sometimes be challenging if the subject matter is extremely technical or just plain old dry. An attorney’s day is often spent researching, reading, poring over long documents, and writing on matters that may...

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The World Today Offers So Many Online Conveniences, Including Education

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From paperless to wireless to almost everything available online, if you are into efficiency today you probably perform a wide range of tasks online from researching items to looking up phone numbers and addresses to shopping and making monthly payments on everything from your home to your car to credit cards and more, involving online conveniences. A real global gamechanger, however, is the ability to attain an education online too. Many high-school and college students have already integrated online coursework into their curriculum, but such classes are usually peripheral or considered enhancements to the requirements for being in school. Colleges and...

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Playing Hardball is Not Always the Best Choice in Negotiation

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Negotiating is not just an art, but a multi-faceted one. A tool for reaching agreements through what is sometimes extended and even difficult discussions, negotiating is often used to break through disagreements, with the hopes of avoiding further arguing or dispute. And although it may seem manipulating to hone your negotiating skills for the sake of ‘winning,’ in the end being a skilled negotiator just means being a master listener—and communicator. There are many different techniques you can employ as a negotiator, but some may be more applicable to your personality overall; for instance, you may have a more aggressive or...

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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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The Advantages of Attending Law School Online

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Distance learning has been growing in popularity for decades now; in fact, millions of students in the US today are taking at least one course online—often in tandem with conventional college courses too. And while standard campuses may eschew the online classroom and continue to sell students on the virtues of being at school in person, growing numbers of courses are offered virtually. Distance learning allows students of any age added flexibility in schedule along with the simple economics of not having to commute (or even change out of pajamas for that matter!), not having to worry about childcare, and...

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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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