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Legal Copy: Legalese v. Plain Writing

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If you are in your first year of law school or beyond, chances are you are a competent writer. The term legal writing may fill you with dread, however, as you imagine all the long tomes of legalese surely now you are expected to emulate spectacularly. The truth is though, people should be able to read what you write—and yes, even enjoy it at times. Writing to your reader, your audience, can be much easier than you think, and especially if you envision them in your mind while you are typing. Chances are they are not all that much different...

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How Do I Find the Best Law School Internship?

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Law school can, in many ways, be very confined to campus. If you are in a traditional setting, these means within classrooms and perhaps dorms or apartments—and if you are involved in a distance-learning school like California Desert Trial Academy College of Law, then you may be spending more time at home than you ever have. This all begins to change, however, as you branch out into study groups and start meeting other students, attending school events, and begin getting to know many other people who are interested in the same things you are—most of which will probably pertain to...

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Higher Education: How to Enjoy the Law School Journey

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Law school can be an intimidating endeavor for most new students, at first. It is also a great privilege, and will be one of the most challenging, fulfilling, and exciting times of your life. Meant to prepare you for taking the state bar and then enjoying a career in the law afterward, law school is a rigorous workout for the mind. Your intellectuality, stamina, and patience will be tested for four years. For many students, though, wonderful memories are made during this time. The one thing you will hear over and over is that you should prepare. If you begin doing...

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Cut Down on the Midnight Oil: Study Smarter, Not Longer

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Most of us begin hearing about the virtues of ‘good studying skills’ at an early age, along with learning about exercises like burning midnight oil. And like anything else you hear positive things about for years, there is probably some truth to it. Studying is important throughout our middle school and high school years because it helps reinforce classroom learning; along with that, it also helps student to contribute more during class discussions—and activity that can be enjoyable, empowering, and really build confidence. Aside from being older, more experienced, and more educated, most of this is true about why studying...

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Are You Ready for the Negotiation Table?

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The first approach to the negotiation table is not one to be taken lightly. In most cases, if you are negotiating for a client, the outcome is extremely serious to them—and could perhaps impact their personal or business life substantially. As the negotiator, your reputation and credibility are on the line too, every time you enter into such a process; in fact, you may be negotiating with another party represented by another attorney that you will work opposite—or in some cases further down the road, even alongside—and hopefully, you will learn to work together well and even respect each other...

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Five Skills Extraordinary Lawyers Possess

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As a law student at California Desert Trial Academy College of Law, when you take a break from classes and studying, you may often find yourself daydreaming about what it will be like to become an attorney. You imagine yourself in court, kicking the other side all over the room with your legal prowess and knowledge of the law, not to mention overall charisma and brilliance. And while these are of course all some of the qualities that make up an exceptional lawyer, the reality is that attorneys must possess a wide range of skills to please their clients and...

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Negotiators: How to Handle Difficulties

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The world counts on attorneys to be negotiators—and when your clients needs you to negotiate and get them the best deal, the stress is on, often meaning there may be difficulties. There are many ways to prepare for such a process, but the first business in order is background, background, background! This starts with your own client. Do you fully understand how they ended up in a dispute requiring negotiation, and what was their motivation to begin with? When it comes to the bottom line, what will they agree to accept? Also, understand your client’s relationship with the other party,...

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What Type of Law Practice Do You Envision?

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If you are thinking about enrolling at California Desert Trial Academy College of Law, or if you are already a law student there, being a trial lawyer is probably the law practice you envision. You aren’t alone, as many rising students envision a career presenting cases for trial in the courtroom. This means interviewing your client extensively so that you understand the case comprehensively and can launch a strong defense—speaking in public, thinking quickly in the heat of the moment, and addressing the jury. Being a trial lawyer means you have the chance to make an impact on society in...

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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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Organize Better to Have Good Studying Skills in Law School

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The best law students are those who are prepared and organize, exhibiting good studying skills. If you are only prepared to ‘wing it,’ chances are your experience is going to be dismal at best. And while some students may enter law school with you, making you shake your head wondering how they ever expected to succeed after skipping class and finishing assignments in a hit and miss manner, there is no doubt that the task is daunting for all. Most first year law students arrive well-educated on one thing: the enormous challenge ahead. Being in law school, going to class, and...

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