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Private practice vs. public service/public interest

Another distinction among lawyers is between those who work in private firms and/or for companies, and those who work for government or in non-profit work.  The first type is generally referred to as “private practice” while the second is called “public interest” (or, occasionally, “public service”).  Attorneys...

Loan repayment options

There are several repayment options to consider both before you take out loans to finance your legal education, and once you’ve graduated. As you think about these options, think too about how much you’re likely to be earning and what it will cost you to live in the...

Managing stress

Most people find applying to law school a very stressful process.  But it’s just the first step toward a generally stressful career.  Learning how to manage your stress early on can save you an immense amount of grief and anxiety in future years.  There is much...

You’re not the only one stressing

Every law student who has ever entered his or her first law school class feels has a moment (at least one) of feeling that everyone else knows something s/he doesn’t.  Everyone else is on their game, understands this whole mysterious process that is playing out before them,...

Getting support

The good news is there are all sorts of resources to help you manage your stress.  The first is your friends, classmates and colleagues.  They are dealing with many of the same stressors as you are, and can at the very least sympathize. (And simply sharing your stress...

Face down your worst case scenarios

This is probably the most successful and most popular stress management tool used by litigators and other lawyers.  Part of your job as an advocate will be to help your client weigh the advantages and disadvantages of various courses of actions, and to objectively predict and plan for the...

Finding balance

There are two main elements to finding balance between your work (applications, LSAT prep, law school, and eventually, lawyering) and the rest of your life.  The first is developing and using good time management skills. The second is finding fun, healthy and productive things to do with the non-work...

Finding a healthy outlet

Both your brain and your body need to take a break from the work of your law school applications, and vegging out in front of the TV, surfing the internet and hanging out on Facebook can only get you so far (and sitting on the couch doesn’t exactly switch...

Alcohol and substance abuse

Alcohol and substance abuse are serious problems for lawyers.  As many as 1 in 5 lawyers is an alcoholic or addict.  A significant percentage of lawyer discipline cases—as much as a third or more—in just about every state involve problems related to addiction (those client funds can look...

Legal fields and practice areas

A field or “practice area” of law refers to legal practice relevant to a particular type of law, or, more commonly, a particular industry or business.  Most law relates to business, with a handful of exceptions.  The largest exception is criminal law – the body of law relating to...