law school advice


Real Lawyers’ Advice on Going to Law School

Lawyers are leaving the profession, and fast. And law-school enrollment is down because the best students aren’t applying. It’s starting to look like a brain drain, and that’s not good.


How to Succeed on Law School Exams

How law student can prepare for and succeed on law school exams.

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Use 5-Cent Words for 10-Dollar Ideas

To convey big ideas in your legal writing, use short, familiar Anglo–Saxon words.


Law School Do-Over: 7 Things I’d Do Different

Don't we all wish for a do-over? If I could do law school over again, here's what I'd do.


Is it Time for Contractions in Legal Writing?

Contractions don't deserve the label of uneducated vulgarisms. So why do judges and lawyers avoid them in their legal writing?

Face It — Bad Legal Writing Wastes Money

If you want to save your firm and its clients money, focus on the hard and opportunity costs of bad legal writing.


Want to Impress Your Law School Professor? Don’t Do This.

Law school success starts with law students creating a positive impression with law school professors.

Why You Need to Self-Critique in Law School

Why law students need to learn how to self-critique in law school in order to succeed as attorneys.

Why Every Law Student Needs a Mentor

How law students can benefit from having a mentor during law school.

Choose Freedom Before Law School

Bear-hug freedom after college. Don't go to law school right away. You'll be a better lawyer (or even wisely change your mind).

Russeth’s Rules for Successful Legal Careers

To have a successful legal career, consider following these six rules.

Why the First Month of Law School is a Mirage

Law school success is defined by more than your first month of classes.

The Case That Almost Kept Me Out of Law School

I discuss the case that almost forced me to drop out of law school before it even started. Do you remember the first case you read in law school?

Beware of False Writing Snoots

Before criticizing people's grammar and writing, make sure you don't fail your own test.

Law Schools Shrink Incoming Classes

Law schools are shrinking incoming classes of law students, but the impact is not entirely clear.