Being organized is essential to being a good attorney. Law school is a great place to learn better organizational skills. Here are some tips that can improve your organization:
- Keep all of your law school study materials in one place in your home rather than scattered in many areas. When you have finished with study materials, return them immediately to that designated place.
- Before you go to bed at night, sort out the materials you need to take to school the next day and put them together.
- Keep student organization materials in folders or notebooks separate from your course materials.
- Keep materials for your part-time work in folders or notebooks separate from your course materials.
- Keep the syllabus, case briefs, class notes, and handouts for a course together in a 3-ring binder. Designate a separate 3-ring binder for each of your classes.
- If color helps you organize, use different colored folders or binders for school courses, work, student organizations, etc.
- Read your syllabus carefully; highlight due dates and transfer them immediately to your calendar.
- Always date your class notes.
- Have as many consistent abbreviations as possible to use in your notes and outlines for all classes. For each new subject, decide on special abbreviations for that class to use in your notes and outlines and stay consistent.
- If bold, italics, underlining, all capitals and/or font changes help you learn, use them consistently in your outlines.
- Have a consistent system to indicate material that your professor emphasized in class. For example: insert a star, underline the material, highlight the material in a different color, etc.
- Have a consistent system to indicate material that you have questions about. For example: “Q”, “?”, red asterisk, red ink, etc.
- If flow charts help you, use a large dry erase board for formulating a flow chart before you finalize it on paper or on your computer.
- Regularly back-up your computer files on a thumb drive or CD.
In addition, every year over 1,800 volunteer legal interns serve in DOJ components and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices throughout the country. If you are interested in a DOJ volunteer internship, please review the many opportunities featured at www.justice.gov/careers/legal/volunteer-intern.html
Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, Inc. (AppalReD Legal Aid) is seeking law clerks for the Summer of 2012 in its nine area offices to assist attorneys in all phases of client representation and program work. STUDENTS MUST PROVIDE THEIR OWN FUNDING, although work study and similar arrangements with a sponsoring institution will be considered. Some funds are available to assist with travel. Applications will also be accepted for those without funding upon submission of a hardship request with an explanation of their financial need.
Offices are in Barbourville, Columbia, Harlan, Hazard, Jackson, Pikeville, Prestonsburg, Richmond and Somerset.
Interested applicants should apply to Lorie Elam, Deputy Director, Appalchian Research and Defense Fund of KY, Inc., 120 N. Front Ave., Prestonsburg, KY 41653 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Applicants should send resume, writing sample, and a list of references along with a statement regarding the applicant's ability to provide funding for themself. If you have questions, call Lorie Elam at (606)886-9876, ext. 1230.
Summer 2012 Legal Studies Institute in Washington, DC - Opportunities for First- and Second-Year StudentsPosted January 20th, 2012 by Debra K. Reh
The Fund for American Studies is sponsoring The Legal Studies Institute in Washington, DC for Summer 2012. The Institute provides the opportunity for first- and second-year law students to gain a first-hand look at the American legal system through guaranteed legal internships, a 3-credit constitutional law course, guest speakers and briefings, and professional development activities.
Students are encouraged to apply by the early deadline of February 10, 2012 to receive priority admissions consideration and a 5% discount on their tuition balance. (75% of students receive scholarship awards based on financial need and merit.)
The 1L Mock Interviews are taking place tomorrow, January 21st, at the offices of Frost Brown Todd. Please see the important details set out below. Also, a schedule of the interview times is attached.
Parking: Two options. Street parking should be available at no charge or there is a parking garage attached to the building for $1.50/hour.
Check in: First, you must go to the security desk on the ground floor to sign into the building (they will have your name on a list). After signing in, go to Frost Brown Todd reception on the 32nd floor where you will check in for your interview. Someone will then direct you to Conference Room H to wait until your interview is ready to begin. Fruit, coffee, and orange juice will be available.
Preparation and Attire: In order to get the most out of this you should treat it as a real interview in every way, meaning: (1) dress in professional interview attire, (2) bring copies of your resume, (3) be prepared to ask questions, and (4) research your interviewers. You will not need a cover letter, writing sample, or list of references.
Make sure to write thank you notes to your interviewers. There is a limited supply of Brandeis School of Law stationary available for those who would like to use it.
A number of organizations sponsor writing competitions that are open to law students. Many of these competitions have cash prizes ranging from $5,000 to $500, and may also include a funded trip to a meeting to receive the prize. Be sure to check the Writing Competitions bulletin board outside Room 275. There are over 15 writing competitions posted, with topics ranging from labor and employment law, international business, and international humanitarian law, to factory farms, energy law, and tax law. You are also encouraged to visit the Student Life page to see a list of additional writing competitions. http://www.law.louisville.edu/node/7044
MCB mandatory meeting will be held on January 25 12:05-12:50 in room 175. We will take attendance, members with a serious conflict should email Stephanie Loper at email@example.com to discuss.
Grossman & Moore, a personal injury law firm, is seeking a second-year student to work 12-15 hours a week during the Spring semester. Student should be in the top 1/3 of their class. There is the potential for a student to work full-time over the summer.
If interested in applying, send cover letter, resume and writing sample to Ms. Donna Voyles, Grossman & Moore, PLLC, One Riverfront Plaza, 401 W. Main Street, Ste. 1810, Louisville, KY 40202 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Attached please find the following Handbook revisions. The website and pdf have been updated.
Administrative Conference of the United State, Legal Internships (1L, 2L, 3L) – New contact.
Dept. of the Air Force, OGC, Summer Law Clerk Program (1L, 2L) – Deadline of Feb. 10th established, along with announcement number.
EPA, Region 6 (Dallas), Summer Intern Honors Program (1L, 2L) – Deadline of Feb. 10th established.
Office of Government Ethics, Legal Intern Program (2L) – Deadline of Feb. 3rd established.
SEC, Law Student Observer Program (2L, 3L, LLM) – Fall 2012 deadline of Mar. 23rd established.
Also, separate application instructions now identified for New York and DC offices.