The Carnegie Report Educating Lawyers

Carnegie Report 10 Years Later: Live Like A Lawyer

Every fall, judges from across Illinois issue a “live like a lawyer” challenge to incoming law students as part of the Commission on Professionalism’s orientation program. Each student starting law school in Illinois has a chance to ask themselves that crucial…
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The Evolution of Law School Orientation

Law School Orientation: A Win-Win For The Profession

Ten years ago, I started the Commission on Professionalism, alongside only one other employee, the former Executive Director, Cheryl Niro. We were working out of our homes. It would be several more months before we opened the office doors.  Our…
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Civility Education

Making Civility Education A Law School Standard

The measurement of one’s ability to foster respect for fellow citizens, the law, and the legal profession – to have civility – is a requirement for admission into the practice of law. In Illinois, a future lawyer’s character and fitness…
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Law School Reflections

Law School Reflections

Since law school graduation, I find myself in the same position as all 2016 graduates — no longer a law student, but not yet a lawyer. While I think about my future law practice a great deal, I think even…
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international lawyer

Dear New Lawyer: Welcome to America

In 1872, a young man named Hong Yen Chang, a native of China, traveled to the United States as part of a Chinese educational program. Between 1872 and 1886, he attended Andover, Yale and Columbia Law. After graduating from Columbia,…
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Law School Debt Crisis

U.S. News and the Law School Debt Crisis

The U.S. News and World Report Law School rankings came out on Monday and, with them, the congratulatory press releases from well-ranked law schools, and the “rankings shouldn’t matter” announcements from lower-ranked ones. So far, at least one law school has…
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Reframe fear of networking

Networking for Law Students (Lawyers, too) Part 2

In Networking for Law Students (Lawyers, too) Part 1, we talked about the natural aversion that many people have to networking, and proposed thinking about it in a different way to make it less stressful. We also suggested advantages that…
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legal writing success

Thank Goodness for Legal Writing Grades

“The first year legal writing courses are graded this year.” The announcement by our peer mentors during orientation in early August spread quickly throughout the school and brought a range of emotions to the intrepid law students of the University…
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Law School Third Year

Law School Third Year Is Still Important

Last year, as I was entering my second year of law school, I had an interviewer ask me about my thoughts on President Obama’s remarks about eliminating the third year of law school. My answer then, and now, is the…
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