Rob Barnett

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4 Tips for a Fantastic 1L Summer
Juneau Alaska (alaska-in-pictures.com) It may be the dead of winter, but it’s fast approaching already: the 1L summer job search! Your summer can be a lot of things: a chance to try the actual legal profession, a first step along the path to an eventual career, an opportunity to start building a resume and job connections, and a time to escape the ...
What are law school exams, and how do I prepare?
If you’re a 1L approaching the end of your first semester of law school, and you’re anything like I was, you’re probably starting to wonder: What are these exams I keep hearing about? How do I prepare for them? How do I succeed on them? Will I be okay? As to the last one, the answer is definitely: yes. You’re fine! As for the other questions, read ...
How to spot the “issue” in a legal case: a primer for 1L students
My first class at Harvard Law School was Contracts, with then-professor, now-Senator Elizabeth Warren. Before she was famous as a leader of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, she was a famously excellent teacher -- the only professor at Harvard Law School to win the student nominated teaching award twice -- as well as a famously tough ...
What is constitutional law?: a 1L's guide
Marbury v. Madison. Brown v. Board of Education. Obergefell v. Hodges. Whether you’re already a law buff or just excited to start taking it all in, I imagine you’ve heard about these cases in a history class, or the newspapers, or both. In fact, they might have been the very cases that first piqued your interest in law, or inspired you to go to ...
Which law school movie should you trust?: The Paper Chase vs. Legally Blonde
I’m not a huge movie buff, and I only went to one law school (Harvard). Fortunately, though, there have been iconic movies made about my alma mater, including The Paper Chase in 1973, and Legally Blonde in 2001. Creative as those films may have been -- I can’t say for sure; when they were written I wasn’t even thinking about law school yet! -- ...
How the LSAT Will Help You in Law School
LSAT aces, get ready! [Elle gets a 179 in Legally Blonde] If you’re going to law school, you’ve taken the LSAT. (How’s that for a valid conclusion! In fact, taking the LSAT is a necessary, but not a sufficient, condition for attending law school.) The LSAT is meant to predict first-year grades in law school, and there’s some evidence -- if you ...
6 essential law school cases: a 1L’s guide
In the six major courses of your first year of law school, there’s bound to be a case you’ll never forget. Each of the following cases lays down a foundational principle upon which the rest of a required 1L class will build.
Law school tutor: big law vs. public interest?
One of the biggest cultural divides at any top law school is likely to be the divide between the warm-hearted, caring public-interest law community, and the soulless, greedy, cold-blooded big-law-firm crowd. Or, it might be the divide between the naïve, holier-than-thou do-gooders and the realistic, well-trained, practical law-firm hires. It’s all ...
Six tips for 1L exam success
Anyone who’s ever considered law school has probably heard horror stories about that dreaded rite of passage: the first 1L exams. At many schools – like my alma mater, Harvard Law School – a student’s entire grade for a first-year course rides on the final exam. Years of preparation, months of cases and cold calls, weeks or days of study: they all ...
Law School Application Consulting: What Happens After Graduation?
Or something like that. Uncertainty of career path I'll let you in on something. Almost no one who graduates from law school ends up doing exactly what he or she intended on doing back on that infamous first day of 1L. (I graduated from Harvard Law School in May, and now I'm a high school math tutor and law school application consultant!) Ask most ...
Law School Admissions: Why Do You Want to Attend X School?
Does X school makes you wanna dance like Hugh Grant in Love Actually? Picture yourself at a law school interview for your top pick school. You’ve already discussed (with fluency and charm) your talents and abilities, but then comes the dreaded question: “Why do you want to attend this school?” Cricket. Cricket. So what do you say? Rankings, ...
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