Paid Legal Internship Summer 2014

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Your skills can contribute to helping children avoid forced army service in Uganda

If you’re currently in law school and have your summer free, you might be interested in a paid legal internship with Invisible Children in San Diego. While there is a stipend involved for basic living expenses and housing is included, don’t expect a big lawyerly salary, but do expect to learn an enormous amount and to do some real good for kids.

Invisible Children focuses solely on the LRA conflict (Uganda) addressing immediate needs and long term effects on the children involved. The internship is uncommon in that you will complete substantial projects that will enhance your law career — and the dress code is very casual, as, apparently, is the culture.

Here’s what the organization says the law student they choose will experience:

  • maintaining not-for-profit corporation registration in all fifty states
  • trademark registration process
  • perform legal research
  • write memoranda
  • assist with the board of directors and board meetings

If you’re interested, visit the job invite and follow their application directions. San Diego is an awesome place. Good luck! By the way, if this offer doesn’t appeal to you, try browsing Law Student Jobs for other unpaid and paid legal internship or law career opportunities.

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Law School Humor—If Anything’s Funny About Law School

Law school humor may be an oxymoron, but every now and again we feel like everyone slogging toward their law career goals should have a respite. With that in mind, we’re jumping off MBE news, study guides, and legal job reports to bring you a quick list of places around the web where you can find a few laughs.

Humorous Law Websites to Guffaw At

LawHah
Bitter Lawyer
Law Humor
ReQuest.net Humor—Lawyer jokes that you might actually find to be humorous, plus courtroom funnies.

Funny Law on Tumblr Blogs

Search Tumblr for

  • When in Law School—images of your worst moments from 1L to the MBE
  • Bar Exam Hell—self explanatory

Twitter

LawSchoolHumor

Pinterest

Law School Humor

And on Facebook

More Law School Humor

Don’t forget, we’re on Facebook, too—we’re not always terribly funny, but we’re always extremely helpful; and you’ll find us tweeting as @ReedBarReview.

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NY Times: Law School a Good Choice for Job Market

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Despite all you’ve heard and read about law school being a dubious career track, the New York Times carried an outstanding article delineating the pros of choosing a law degree. The article is well-researched and covers several key concerns about law education. It’s long—will take you a good ten minutes to digest it, but the read is well worth your time.

The article is called Don’t Skimp on Legal Training, written by ERWIN HEMERINSKY and CARRIE MENKEL-MEADOW. Key points:

  1. The actuality of job/employment prospects in legal fields. Are most graduates employed if you look past nine months after graduation?
  2. How the shrinking of “big law” jobs has actually had a positive effect on legal career options
  3. Why two -year law school is a terrible idea
  4. The reality of the cost of law school—and we all know it’s expensive!

The writers make a strong point that choosing a quality school and performing well in that school is critical to your success, as it is in any advanced field. Make ReedBarReview a part of your overall law education, and be ready to advantage terrific opportunities to serve society and to make a contribution in life.

If you’re looking for a legal career, heading for law school graduation and your bar exam, or even just beginning legal education or thinking about it, this piece will truly open your eyes—in a good way, we think.

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July 2014 Bar Exam News for Law Students

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Short and sweet news update today for July 2014 bar exam candidates. Per the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBEX), here are the dates of the summer 2014 bar exam in all its iterations. It’s time now to get your study strategy in place, arrange time to work with your Reed Bar Review bar exam tutor, and buckle down.

  • Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) is scheduled for July 29, 2014
  • Multistate Performance Test (MPT) is July 29 2014
  • Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) is July 30
  • Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is August 9, 2014

We have no doubt that you can pass your July 2014 bar exam the first time, if you prepare adequately and properly. Don’t waste time studying what won’t be on the tests. Cramming is useless. You can’t possibly read or take in every single concept. Work with us, and you have the benefit of professional lawyer-tutors, including owner/founder Hugh Reed who has passed the bar exam more than two dozen times.

Hugh Reed knows what’s likely to be on those tests. He also knows what will not be on them. He has tools, tips, study-helps, and processes that have created a passrate of over 95%, and in some states, 99% or even 100%. Take advantage. Start by contacting us via our convenient email form, call (800) 852-3926, or visit ReedBarReview.com.

And for those who sat for the bar exam in March, scores should be posted at NCBEX on April 29, 2014. Breathe. It’ll all be ok.

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Looking for a Law Job? Do You Have Lawyer Skills?

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There’s an interesting article online today—Seven Skills Attorneys Have That the Rest of The World Would Die For. The title’s a bit clunky, not likely to be highly visible in searches, but the meat of the piece is food for legal thought: If you’re looking for a law job, you need lawyer skills.

Hop over to Above the Law for a look; it’s maybe a five-minute read. The skills include

  • Managing clients — a skill anyone  with client relationships should seek to develop.
  • Clear and concise writing — man, have you read any of the junk people turn out online or in business papers? This one is high priority.
  • People skills — yes, I know some lawyers who have zero interpersonal skills, but the successful ones have either a natural ability to relate to and communicate with people, or have at least learned to present themselves as if they do.
  • Stamina — 80-hour work weeks can take it out of you, and almost every lawyer has had some.
  • Dependability, loyalty, etc — someone once told me the only friend you can really trust is your lawyer, because he/she is PAID to be your friend. It often goes deeper than that, and many lawyers have a strong sense of commitment to their business relationships.
  • Ability to cut through the crap — the article calls this “issue spotting” but it goes deeper. Attorneys, like investigative journalists, MUST be able to see through tons of detritus and decide what the real issues are. If you can’t do this, you’ll be doomed to wasting a lot of time listening to people whining and making excuses.

Three More Lawyer Qualities You MUST Develop

  1. The ability to dissemble — not in a negative or creepy way, but in a way that helps you keep a poker face when maintaining the edge means winning. Playing your cards close to the vest keeps your secrets secret and your strategies strategic.
  2. Adaptability — if you’re rigid, stuck in a system of habits and rituals, you’ll never be able to think on the fly and build strategies moment-to-moment.
  3. Creativity.

Spring is here — a great time to get out there and seek professional employment as a lawyer or in the legal business. Make sure your resume is straight-forward and highly readable; polish up your lawyerly attributes and knock ‘em dead.

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Meditation to Pass the Bar Exam?

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Clear the monkey brain

The February bar exam is history, and we’re cheerleading for those taking the July 2014 bar exam. Now is the time to prepare for your July MBE and all the joys that go with that experience. It’s a harrowing path, but not impossible to tread. It does not have to involve huge amounts of stress.

Guided imagery, a form of meditation that beginners can easily adapt to, is effective for people who can follow direction and know how to recognize relaxation. This writer used guided meditation to overcome extreme anxiety about impending eye surgery a couple of years ago, and the process was extraordinarily helpful.

What the Heck is Guided Meditation to Pass the Bar Exam?

The goal of beginning guided meditation, or indeed, any meditation, is a slowing down of thought streams or a reduction of brain activity in order to relax and sort or clear unwanted thoughts. It isn’t mystical and doesn’t require any ability to completely clear your mind and reach Nirvana—just have a desire to calm and slow your mind. How?

  1. Start now and spend a day or two studying the basics of using meditation or imagery. Try these articles: How to Meditate—for Beginners and Guided Meditation.
  2. Choose a couple of recordings to practice with. Try MIT Medical’s download list or the more mystical Fragrant Heart site or Google “guided meditation for test anxiety.
  3. Before you get swamped with your study schedule and your tutoring schedule, set aside just fifteen minutes a day and commit to working through one single meditation, repeated each day. Take it seriously.
  4. Try a few different recordings until one really resonates with you.
  5. Stick to it for a week, at least. Keep in mind that it takes about six repetitions of any mind-over-matter exercise to make an impression on your brain. You will find it easier to slip into relaxation each time you follow the recording you’ve selected.

Will It Work, Meditation to Pass the Bar Exam?

Many people find mindful thinking, meditation, guided meditation, and similar forms of mental discipline to be helpful. In Zen training, they talk about the monkey mind or monkey brain— a state of mind in which our thoughts race, our mind is befuddled with too many ideas and too much data, and we feel stressed—full of anxiety.

You might recognize such a monkey brain state as the one that prevents you from falling asleep when you’re overwrought. At the least, guided meditation helps you focus on one peaceful train of thought. It helps you put away or delay looking at the mess of thoughts that overwhelm you.

That very process allows you to use more of your brain for study and for absorbing information. You feel in control and calmer. Meditation is not a silver bullet to guarantee your passage of the bar exam—if you want that silver bullet, reach out to the ReedBarReview.com tutoring staff (click to register for a FREE account). But meditation will help you be more capable of taking in the outstanding advice and assistance our team will provide for you.

 

 

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2015 Law School Rankings—Do You Care?

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Law school rankings may have no real impact on your law education or law career, after all, you choose your school based on a  lot of issues, including affordability and location. But each year about this time, U.S. News publishes a list of the best law schools, and it may be interesting to have a look at the list.

If you’re in law school or thinking about enrolling, browse these lists. The info shouldn’t make your decision for you, but any data you can compile is surely worth considering.

The list selects the top twenty law schools, but actually encompases twenty-two, since there were ties. You can find other lists that disagree with this one, meaning it’s important to understand a given publication’s criteria for putting a school on their list.  What aspects of the school are looked at? U.S. News has it’s own system, you can read about it on their site.

For a wry, forthright commentary, you might like to read Above the Law’s blog post.

For the other side of the coin—law schools that don’t seem to fare well in analysis, try National Law Journal’s list of those falling short. (2013)

If you want to be sure you succeed in law school and on your bar exam, you need to begin a dialog with Reed Bar Review and the tutors we’re so proud of.

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Legal Career and Job Options for 2014

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All law students are aware that they can access a legal career through a couple of different ways. You can work hard and take the risk, tolerable or not, of setting up your own practice. You can work hard and compete for law jobs with private law practices or corporate law departments. But before you decide, consider some out of the box choices.

For those fresh out of law school, the government publishes their Occupational Outlook Handbook each year, and this year has some interesting options for legal careers.

1. Arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators  — professionals who help resolve conflicts outside the courts. Many contracts, in almost all fields, now specify that arbitration must be the first step to solving disputes. You can enter this lucrative and interesting field with as little as a bachelor’s degree, but your JD positions you to command higher fees. Median pay is around $65K. Career growth looks like about 10% through 2022.

2. Court reporter may not be everyone’s cup of tea—the work is arduous, sometimes tedious. Your job would be to create word-for-word transcripts of legal proceedings like depositions or trials. Median pay is about $50K. You’ll probably need post-secondary certification. This law Job’s outlook is good, with the government forecasting a 10% growth rate in the next eight years.

3. Interestingly, you could become a judge.  While most judges have legal degrees along with law experience, there are even some magistrates, hearing officers, and administrative law judges whose positions only require a bachelor’s degree. Pay is in the neighborhood of $89K to $120K, depending on the type of position and the qualifications. The growth rate for such positions will likely remain pretty flat.

4. Legal technology is a brilliant option If you have a passion for geekdom. You might parlay your degree into a lucrative career as a legal technology consultant and command just about as much of an hourly rate as an attorney might get. The job? Use your software proficiency and hardware knowledge to train law staffs, assist lawyers to set up their computer systems, participate in e-billing and e-consulting. You’ll need to be totally knowledgeable about spreadsheets, computers, telecommunications, databases, research software, and so forth.

If you yearn for the full-time attorney gig, then, by all means, polish up your credentials and go for it. But clicking a few of the links above might give you an interestingly creative path to your new career alternative.

 

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How to Get the Best Possible Score on Your Bar Exam

Ok, July will come up quicker than you can say, “Bob’s yer uncle.” This is, without doubt, the time to prepare for the best possible score on your bar exam. Organize your thinking, make a plan, and call us about our newest programs for bar prep tutoring. No time for a phone call? Then just visit the website and quickly open a free account. You can get started right away.

Here’s our latest list of products, courses, and fees.

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Bar Exam Preparation for 1Ls and 2Ls

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Don’t fear the bar exam, plan for it

The bar exam will haunt you from your first day of law school until you get your passing score on the MBE. Be pro-active with bar exam preparation for 1Ls and 2Ls. Yes, it’s an awesome idea to sign up for ReedBarReview bar prep tools as soon as first year, and there are  tasks you can, and should attend to way before your MBE.

We suggest you start a calendar of bar exam tasks, revisit the task list regularly, and update it frequently as you progress through law school. If you don’t already have such a task list, create one right now.

First Year Law Students

  1. Register online, with your state bar exam website, as a student intending to take the bar exam. The registration number you get will likely be used for the next few years anytime you correspond with your state bar. Save your registration number to your bar exam task list or reference list. You’ve established a bar exam file to save important information on your computer or tablet, right?
  2. Sign up with ReedBarReview now—the account is free. There are lots of perks and helps for 1L, 2Ls, 3Ls. Sometimes unavoidable price increases occur, so sign up early.
  3. Take opportunities to sign up for courses that cover bar exam (MBE) topics like civil procedure, real property, constitutional law, torts, contracts, evidence. (Essay exams cover Administrative Law, Business Entities, Conflict of Laws, Contracts, Criminal Law/Procedure, Federal Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Professional Responsibility, Property, Torts, Uniform Commercial Code, Trusts/Wills/Estates)
  4. Establish a budget to encompass the extra expenses attached to the bar exam process, and believe me, every step of the way has fees attached. Don’t forget to budget for your prep work with ReedBarReview.
  5. Some states, like Florida, allow you to sign up for your bar exam as early as 1L. Do sign up if your state allows it—just one more thing to stop thinking about.

Second Year Law Students

  1. Get ready for the 60-question multiple choice MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam)  which you can take during second or third year. Many law schools have elective courses geared to prepare you for this exam. Check your state bar exam website to see what other tasks you must complete—for example, California candidates for the bar exam must file a moral character determination.
  2. Check your state’s bar exam website to see if you need to, or should, register early for the bar exam. Some states have deadlines in fall of second year or even earlier, some allow good discounts for early registration, and so forth. Be ready, the application is dozens of pages and asks about data that could date back to when you were 18 years old, including addresses and docket numbers for traffic tickets.
  3. Re-evaluate your budget to make sure you’re on track to putting money aside to cover fees. If you need financial help, there are loan programs!

Next time, we’ll look at tasks for 3L and beyond. No matter what year you’re in, or about to be in, bookmark our website and browse it often. Sign up for a free account so you can take advantage of all the tools we offer all law students. You can also have a look at the bar exam requirements for each state. Go to this page, scroll to the bottom of the right margin, and look under “News.” You can locate your state’s bar exam site in the drop down box.

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