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Good Moral Character is One of the Greatest Traits an Attorney Can Possess

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Do you remember when lawyer jokes were all the rage? For the most part, such verbal games paint legal professionals out to be greedy creatures hailing directly from Satan himself—and there are millions of riddles and quips out there. Whether you are in law school or already in practice, it is good to be able to poke fun at yourself, and certainly there are so many attorneys in the work force today that there are bound to be some with less-than-stellar moral character, not to mention poor track records. But in your exposure to other law students, professors, and attorneys...

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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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Online Law School: Will I Need to Take the LSAT

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Are you thinking about going to online law school in California? If so, you may be one of the many prospective students in the US now turning to distance learning to achieve a degree, and even an intensive one like a Juris Doctorate. Most of us lead hectic lives even without attending school, and you may be looking for a way to make education your priority but in ways that are more conducive to your lifestyle. But keep in mind that just as working at home can be every bit as rigorous and serious as going to an office—so can...

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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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Five Things You Should Learn During a Law School Internship

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Law school (as well as the law school internship) is a multi-faceted endeavor, meant to give you the skills you will need to start out as an attorney, as well as to pass the state bar exam. If you are attending an online law school like California Desert Trial Academy College of Law, the goal is also to train to you specialize in trial law, allowing for an even more intensive education. Before you start your first year, you may have some trepidation about the rigorous schedule ahead, especially if you have heard terrifying tales about that treacherous first year...

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Why Outlining is So Important to Your Law School Studying

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Although you may have dreamed of being a lawyer your whole life, braving four years of law school can seem like a daunting task, to say the least--along with tackling outlining, briefing, and extended reading for enormous amounts of studying. Most of us have heard the stories about the competitive atmosphere, long hours and late nights burning midnight oil, and high dropout rates; however, if you are enthusiastic and motivated to succeed, chances are you will put the required organizational skills into place and thrive. If you are not already on your A game when it comes to studying, prepare to...

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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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