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How to Prepare for Oral Argument

The key to better oral argument is to get away from your outline and use a more "modular" approach when preparing.

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In Which 3Ls Totally Overestimate Their Practice Readiness

Throughout this white paper from BARBRI, found by Lisa Solomon, you find the Dunning-Kruger effect at work. For example: 82 percent of 3L law students believe they are effective legal writers. In contrast, only 57 percent of practicing attorneys who work at companies that hire recent law school graduates believe recent law school graduates are […]

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Judge Judy’s Lessons for Lawyers

Next time you are working from home — or sidelined by the flu, spend a few hours watching some court TV shows.

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How to Pick a Mediation Style

Mediation can resolve cases, but whether it does often depends on the mediator and the style of mediation he or she practices.

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5 Questions to Ask Before Taking a Deposition

Before you file your next deposition notice, ask yourself if the deposition is really necessary. If the answer is no and you take the deposition anyway, you are wasting time, driving up litigation costs, and perhaps even damaging your case.

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Strategic Planning for Law-Firm Success and Growth

"The world is complicated. It doesn't stay the same forever."

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How to Turn Lawyers into Better Writers

By and large, lawyers fall into two camps: those who loathe admitting that their writing needs help and, worse, those who do not even realize it. Set aside your ego. It’s time for some introspection and, hopefully, action.

How to Subpoena Information from Facebook and Other Social Networks

"So is social media information accessible via civil subpoena? Who knows. Courts are all over the place with it."

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Evaluate Your Writing with Word’s Readability Statistics

Writing for your audience means keeping your words simple and your sentences succinct. Use Microsoft Word's readability feature to help you make this happen.

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How to Represent a Diverse Clientele

Lawyers have to adjust their client relations to an increasingly diverse clientele. Here’s what you need to start doing to get it right.

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Don’t Let Intimidation Drive Your Litigation Strategy

If someone could burn down your house, would they really knock on your door and blow smoke in your face?

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Podcast #1: Alan Dershowitz’s Advice for Young Lawyers

Alan Dershowitz gives a lot of advice to young lawyers in Letters to a Young Lawyer. The book has been around for a while, but it is still full of good advice for young lawyers — and so is Dershowitz.

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How to Love Doing Your Timesheet

Next time you find yourself ranting about your timesheets, consider whether you can use your bills to make yourself happier.

Ben Edelman Is Hardly the Only Bully in the Legal Profession

Edelman was obviously being a bully and a douchebag, but how many times have you heard a lawyer threaten someone with their law degree?

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5 Fonts Courts Use Besides Times New Roman

"Here are some good (and not so good) alternatives to Times New Roman (TNR) we’ve seen in court opinions."