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4 Tips for Making the Most of Law School Fairs and Forums

By Alexis Marcus Law School recruitment season is fast approaching. That means law school representatives from around the country will be traveling to a city near you for law fairs and forums. (See LSAC's list by region). So, what does this mean for you? And, how can you take advantage of having these knowledgeable folks in [...]

September 8th, 2017|Applying to Law School, General|

What a Novel Idea: Training Law Students to Be Lawyers

By Gerald M. Slater Associate Dean for Professional & Career Development, Suffolk Law School In September 2014, six third-year law students started an intensive year of training in Suffolk Law’s new Accelerator Practice. The Accelerator Practice is a fee-generating law practice embedded within the law school. After all, if you’re going to train law students [...]

November 5th, 2016|faculty voices, General|

Student Voices: How 3L Law Students Persuaded a Federal Appeals Court to Overturn the Country’s Highest Immigration Panel

By Yolanda Marcela Mendoza During my third year of law school, I was a part of a team of clinic students that successfully persuaded three federal judges in the First Circuit Court of Appeals to side with us and release a 41-year-old Jamaican citizen who was about to be deported. This decision overturned the highest [...]

February 11th, 2016|General, Student Voices|

Student Voices: How I Learned Coding in Law School

By Chelsea Strauss “Coding and the Law” was a breath of fresh air. There were no cases to read; no plaintiffs; no defendants; no lawsuits; no damages. Prior to taking this course, I had no idea what to expect. Offered as a one-week 2-credit intensive class during Suffolk Law School’s January intercession, I was curious [...]

February 11th, 2016|General, Student Voices|

Getting Started on the Journey to Law School

By Nadiyah J. Humber As an alumna and practicing attorney, I often field questions from diverse students on how to apply to law school. I’d like to share some tips on the best way to get started on the journey to law school. Sign up for The Law School Admission Council ( is where prospective [...]

November 18th, 2015|Applying to Law School, General|

Legal Writing Matters: Cracking Citations, One Post-it Note at a Time

By Irina V. Gott When new law students try to decipher citation, they are understandably overwhelmed and intimidated. But by customizing their ALWD Guide they can crack any citation. Some students may not know where to begin when scanning through the myriad of citation rules in the Guide. Some even admit to burying it under a [...]

November 18th, 2015|Legal Writing Matters|

Five Traits That Make a Good Law Student

By Kim M. McLaurin As a clinical professor of law, I’ve worked with countless students on practical skills, such as client counseling, trial advocacy and negotiation. Over the years, I have come to appreciate some aspects of good law students who I think will be successful attorneys. It’s those traits I seek when speaking to [...]

November 16th, 2015|Applying to Law School, General|

Legal Writing Matters: Why Law Students Should Welcome Feedback

Suffolk University Legal Writing Professor Kathleen Elliott Vinson By Kathleen Elliott Vinson Professor of Legal Writing and Director of Legal Writing, Research, and Written Advocacy Getting back that first legal writing memo assignment with your professor’s critique and grade – what could be more stressful for a 1L. But, students should view it [...]

October 13th, 2015|General, Legal Writing Matters|

Legal Writing Matters: 4 Tips for Encouraging Creativity in Law Students

By Samantha A. Moppett An IBM poll of more than 1,500 CEOs revealed that creativity—not intelligence—was the most crucial factor for future success. This shift from intelligence to creativity as the most valuable trait has been attributed to the unprecedented challenges and frantic pace of change today. This is especially true for lawyers and law [...]

September 23rd, 2015|General, Legal Writing Matters|

Legal Writing Matters: Encouraging Law Students to Use Mindfulness Techniques

By Shailini J. George A study published in the journal Science found that a majority of participants would prefer to give themselves mild electrical shocks rather than be alone with their thoughts for 15 minutes. Last summer, a tourist in Melbourne, Australia, was so engrossed in reading Facebook on her smartphone that she walked off [...]

September 8th, 2015|General, Legal Writing Matters|