Thursday, January 18, 2018

Career Advantage Program!

Career Advantage Program

Once you make it through the first semester you are one step closer to that coveted Juris Doctor and a step closer to taking and (hopefully) passing the bar examination to become a licensed attorney.  While you may have the academics part down, some of you may be asking, “what next?”  Some of you may have jobs lined up thanks to family or friends, but for the majority of you, starting your career is relatively new and you may need that extra push. 

The Career Advantage Program is a student-alumni career conference that brings together students and distinguished alumni to foster and strengthen student career and professional development. 

Saturday, January 27, 2018
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Capital University Law School
303 E. Broad St., Columbus

The 2018 Career Advantage Program offers a number of diverse programs and sessions throughout the day that you can select to attend during registration.

The career advantage program is a great way to learn invaluable skills including developing your personal brand, networking properly, and practice area sessions designed to show you one of the many facets of the law available to you. 

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the program offers you TWO chances to network with esteemed alumni, including attorneys at Bricker and Eckler, Kegler Brown Ritter and Hill, as well as the Ohio State and Columbus Bar associations.  As you may know, in this age, job placement is highly dependent upon networking, so why not get an early start! 

For more information, incuding how to register and a schedule, please visit the following link:

*Deadline to register is Friday, January 19th 
We look forward to seeing you there! 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Happy New Year!!!


Happy New Year!  

Welcome 2018! Whether we were ready for it or not, it’s here, and we have to make the most of it!  For some of you, this is the year you’re headed to Law School.  For others, this marks a semester down, the halfway point, or the final semester!  

As I was welcoming the New Year myself, I thought about all the resolutions I have made in the past.  After talking it over with some friends and colleagues, we all decided that resolutions could be rather silly.  We have these goals we set and the second we deviate from our goals, we fail.  Looking back on the last year and a half in Law School, I felt very similar, setting resolutions to make notecards everyday, and the one day I deviated, I thought to myself, I failed because of this instance.  So  I challenge you to make intentions for yourself as we go into the new year, here are some instances I believe they may help:

Here at Capital Law, grades came out on Tuesday afternoon.  For some, the joy was instant and for others, you may have been less than happy.  Take a look at your performance, whether bad or good, and set it as an intention for the day, week, month, semester, all leading to that goal of stronger academic performance.  Create small intentions, like being prepared for Monday’s class, outlining for each class weekly, doing a monthly course review…small intentions that can lead to the bigger goal, or as some say, resolution, of better performance.

Personal Well-Being
I remember almost every New Years setting a resolution not to drink as much or eat junk food.  However, when the January 1st came around, I was toasting with champagne and eating McDonalds.   In theory, I failed.  Instead of resolutions, set intentions for your personal well-being.  Maybe you dedicate 15 minutes a day to meditate, or once a week you intend to do something you love, like baking or the gym.  These small intentions can lead to big results.

I know grades just came out, which as I said, can be either encouraging, or discouraging.  Either way, be easy on yourself, this is Law School, a completely different form of education than anything you’ve had before.  You are more then just these numbers, you are still a person, and still just as worthy as anyone else!

Once again, Happy New Year!!!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Finals Finals Finals...SO SO SOON!!!

The Final Final Exam Message

Midterms: Check

Papers: Check
Finals: Ehhh

As the semester comes to a close, you are probably freaking out about finals.  The truth is, Law School exams are different then any other exam you have taken.  They require you to think deeper, come up with solutions, and use the applicable law to come up with a solution or discussion for your paper.  They also come with anonymous grading, so while your class participation may earn you some extra points in the end, the professor won’t know your grade until you find out.  While this time period may be exhausting, nerve racking, or even terrifying; you can get through this and will get through this.  Here are some tips on how to get through this:

1.     Organize your outlines

By now, you have at least learned to organize your outlines.  Finish them up, preferably outlining daily to organize your notes and concepts. 

It may be beneficial to cut your outline down to the necessary components by creating a study outline.  This will allow you to study the necessary pieces of the law and not get bogged down by the additional elements placed in your outline that may be repetitive or not relevant. 

2.     Practice writing out final examinations

Law School Exams are a craft, they require you to look at the issue, rule, analyze the rule with the facts, and conclude, otherwise known as the infamous IRAC.  Practicing this craft in advance will lead to further success by being able to issue spot the facts relevant to the question, match the appropriate law, and successfully conclude why your argument is the best argument.

3.     Meet with your professors

I know, they may scare you in class, but these are the people making the exam and grading the exam…their input on your writing and outlining is crucial!  Meet with them if you feel confused, meet with them to go over practice exams, or even overview of an outline.

4.     The Day Before/Of The Final Exam
a.     Get to bed at a reasonable time-you may think that you can study into the wee hours of the morning, but you need time to rest your brain.
b.     Get some good food in you-I know pizza may be your staple, but brain food is essential to cognitive growth.  Try some of these:
c.      Cut off studying after a certain time-I know you think that cramming until the last minute helps, but that last second is proven not to be as beneficial as you may think.  Study hard, but get yourself some rest and relaxation.
d.     Keep calm…which may sound like the last thing you want to do, but freaking out will only make taking a final exam worse.

Law School Exams are a different beast then any other exam you will take.  They require rigor, energy, and memorization.  Study, study, study!!!

Best of Luck! See you next semester!