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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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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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Why Internships Are So Important for Law Students

Law students and internships tend to go hand in hand, and years later there will still always be the question among peers and colleagues asking where you completed yours, or you might find yourself with your own firm offering a similar position to young go-getters. Interning is not just specific or important to law students exclusively, either. An internship of any sort offers students an introduction to what can be a very competitive work force for many potential careers; in many cases, they may be interning in large firms or corporations and have access to mentoring from key players. Interns...

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