My Life In Law School Through YouTube Videos

In honor of finals week (and the complete lack of time to actually write blogs and enjoy life) I’ve decided to let you all experience what it’s like to be in law school through various YouTube clips.

When a professor talks about the duties of the court:

When you are asked about the standard of review:

When you are giving an oral argument and the judge interrupts you to ask a question:

What you feel like when you’re studying for finals:

When you get a question right in class:

What clips describe your life in law school/grad school/etc?!

Using Social Media To Be A “Likeable” Lawyer

This was originally posted on Likeable Media’s blog.

You’re probably thinking… Did I read that right? Why is the word “likeable” and “lawyer” in the same sentence?! Being a law student in the world of social media, I want to clear up the misconception about lawyers once and for all – lawyers can be very likeable! Believe it or not, there are a number of lawyers successfully using social media in a way that is driving real results. Here are some tips to make you a more likeable lawyer.

Share Your Knowledge- Knowledge is power and sharing this useful information with others makes you a trusted resource.

Focus On Your Specialty- Focus on your expertise and become the go-to person in that vertical.

Blog- Short form content through Facebook and Twitter can be valuable, but creating a successful blog on a niche topic can give you and your practice additional exposure the field.

Social Referrals- There are a number of ways to connect with your clients and if they are happy they will recommend you to others in the social space.

Be Human- Lawyers have a bad reputation in terms of trustworthiness and transparency. Use social media as a way to challenge this stereotype and connect with clients, prospects, and followers.

After taking these tips and applying them to your practice, you may have a shot to win the Likeable Award for “Most Likeable Lawyer.” Voting ends on May 15th so get your votes in now! Here are some likeable lawyers:

Who do you think the most likeable lawyers are?  Share with us in the comments, and be sure to cast your vote for them in the Likeable Awards!  

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Book Review: The Millenium Series

Everyone told me to read this book. I am not an avid reader. I’ve read the Harry Potter books 3 times but have never ventured past that series. I read a lot of stuff I don’t want to read (i.e. LAW) that I don’t normally like to read. However, ever since I got a Kindle, I have been on a reading binge. I now have something to do on my morning commute and I am thrilled. I was able to breeze through the three books in Stieg Larson‘s series and here is my take on the books:

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

The first half pretty slow. Seriously, not much going on. HOWEVER, if you could get past 52% on your kindle, you are golden. After Blomvkist, one of the main characters, makes his first discovery everything goes really fast. This book was such an interesting mystery with an unexpected ended. I’m not into murder mystery novels but this one was different. This book will also make a great movie. It was already made a movie in Sweden but the American version is coming out later in the year and I can’t wait. Overall, it left you withe a satisfying ending and you learn to love a character you never even expected to like.

The Girl Who Played With Fire

Remember how I said I felt there was a satisfying ending after the first book? Well, this book was NOT the case. There was no satisfying ending. There was no ending at all. The book ended as if in the middle of a thought. This book really introduced you to the other main character, Salander. There are a lot of character and pieces to fit together in this book but somehow the reader still gets it. You learn all about Salander and her troubled past. Once again, it was a little slow at the beginning with all the math but it picked up much sooner and turned into such an interesting and crazy story. I found myself constantly clicked the next button and my kindle and it kept me wanted to read more with every chapter.

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest

Because of the “cliffhanger” ending we were given in book 2, this book felt just like a continuation. There was no new story, just the unfolding of the story we started in the last book. This wasn’t really book 3, but more like book 2, part 2. As you are reading the book, Larson leaves you with a lot of loose ends. He wants you to be surprised and doesn’t want to give everything away too easily. The problem is, that there are so many loose ends that I was afraid I would lose track. I want to know ALL the answers but if I can’t remember the question, it makes it difficult! Once again there are tons of characters and we are getting introduced to new people up until 88% of the book. Every time Larson invests in a new character I was surprised but excited to learn about someone new. The Teleborian climax will make an excellent movie court room scene and I can’t wait to watch it. All in all, I was left with the ending I wanted to see in book 2 and was very satisfied with the result.

I highly recommend this book to those looking for a new series. The books were a quick read and were really interesting and suspenseful. Read these books and then chat me so we can discuss!

Have you read this series? What did you think? Share your thoughts!

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Top 5 Courtroom Scenes In A Movie

Any movie buff knows there is nothing like courtroom drama. Some of the best scenes in any movie take place in the courtroom. I was browsing through the movie channels and, luckily for me, there were so many choices to choose from. The one thing I noticed was that all the great movies that were on had an amazing court room scene. Here’s what I came up with as the top 5 courtroom scenes in the movies:

5. Chicago. Richard Gere. Enough said. This is one of the only musical courtroom scenes I can think of but the scene was great. It was funny, entertaining, and (as courtroom scenes normally are) shocking!

4. Legally Blonde. Let’s hear it for the blondes! The dumb girls finally prevail in this climactic scene where Reese Witherspoon solves the murder circulating the film. Who says that knowing the science of a perm is useless?

3. Big Daddy. What can I say… I laughed, I cried, and I almost called my dad when it was all over. This scene is epic/hilarious. You start out by laughing at the ridiculousness. You somehow become touched and all warm and fuzzy inside. Then you’re hysterical crying because Adam Sandler can’t have his kid. This is a good one.

2. Liar Liar. The truth will set you freeeeeeee!!! At least it did for Jim Carrey. What happens when a lawyer can’t lie? Apparently, hilarity ensues. Yes, there are people in law school who are only there because of this movie.

1. My Cousin Vinny. Anyone who argues that this is not the best courtroom scene of all time is crazy. In fact, I think this is my favorite movie of all time. The whole film including the incredible courtroom scene with Marisa Tomei was a dream. If you haven’t seen this film, SEE IT!

What did I leave out? Leave your favorites in the comments below!

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Why You Should Watch Franklin & Bash… Even Though It Is On TNT

I am going to be honest. I saw the ads for this show and thought it looked cute but never had any intention of watching it. I was happy to see that the guy from Road Trip and Zack Morris were back in action and on the small screen though. It wasn’t until I received a Klout Perk offering me free copies of the first couple episodes that I decided to watch it. I got excited for two reasons: (1) I love free things and I was excited that my Klout earned me something, and (2) now I had a reason to support two of my favorite actors from the past. In honor of transparency, I was in NO way asked to write a review or blog about the episodes I received. I just liked them so much that I decided it was blog worthy!

We are busy people. It is hard enough as it is to find time to watch our DVRed favorite shows. The last thing I wanted to do was pick up another one. However, after watching the 2 episodes of Franklin and Bash that were sent to me, I suddenly feel that I can make room for one more show. Here’s why I love this show so far:

Dynamic of Characters
Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer are an incredible team. Watching the two of them is really entertaining. They’re like PB&J- they just mesh together well. Besides the two of them and their comedic harmony, I also love many of the other characters. Their team of ex-convict and agoraphobe. I also like the firm’s senior partner portrayed by Malcolm McDowell (yes, Ari’s nemesis and Sloane’s father from Entourage). The only character I don’t like is Hannah. She is awkward, I’m not sure where her loyalties lie, and she is too tall for Meyer’s character, Franklin.

They Make Lawyers Look Bad
As a law student, I am sensitive to cheap lawyer jokes. When the show began with an ambulance chaser joke I thought, “oh great… this is real original.” However, after that point, there were no more cheap swings and lame lawyer jokes (which I appreciated). They have chosen to pick fun at lawyers in a new way (which I also appreciate). These lawyers are total frat boys. They party with their clients, act like roommates by knocking down the wall between their office, and are ridiculously over the top. May not be the best in real life lawyering, but is pretty funny for television.

They Make Lawyers Look Good
While sometimes I think that these guys are the worst lawyers ever, they seem to always win (ahhh the beauty of television). But despite their partying ways, they are really good guys at heart. They have principles, which many people think lawyers do not have, and they legitimately care about their clients. They show this in bizarre, over the top ways, but overall they are making lawyers look good. They also make being a lawyer look like a lot of fun! This is why people want to be a lawyers- the theatrics of the court scenes make it looks like you can get away with anything!

Personally, I found this show really relatable. Maybe it’s because I am in law school, but I think it is more than that. Yes, I got very excited when I knew what “heresay” was and some other legal jargon. But I also loved that they play video games in the office. In fact, I used to have Wii Wednesdays at my office too! The show is fun and it makes me want to hangout with them.

Have you tuned in to Franklin and Bash? What did you think of the show? Let me know your thoughts!

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Key Takeaways From Blog World Expo

Last week I was lucky enough to attend Blog World Expo in NYC. As a brand new blogger, I was excited to learn all about creating great content, blog optimization, reader relationships and more. Since I thought this was a really great experience, I wanted to share some of the highlights I experienced with you! Here are some of my key learnings and takeaways from Blog World Expo NYC:

Comply with FTC Guidelines
From what I understand, the requirements are very minimal. All it really asks is for full disclosure. If you ask me, bloggers should have full disclosure with their readers at all times, regardless of whether a law requires them to. Anytime you promote a product or do a promotion, you must disclose what you are getting out of it. I solemnly swear that I will always disclose any product review I have been asked to do or any promotion I decide to run.

The Importance of Readers
This one is kind of obvious but a blogger’s relationship with it’s readers is the most important thing there is. There were a lot of sessions on how to monetize your blog, which would be nice, but who starts blogging with the intention of making money?! Maybe some people but very few I would imagine. Don’t sell yourself until you have a great product. And then once you have a great product, don’t sell out! Jason Falls from the Social Media Examiner said that every time you sell something on your blog (even with full disclosure) your readers will trust you less. Is it worth it?

Beware of the Diva Blogger
I have come face to face with diva bloggers… they are not pretty. A diva blogger is one who refuses to work with marketers unless they are getting highly paid. Or the blogger who brags about how many people are dying to advertise and work with them. In a place where bloggers are coming to learn more about the industry, I was disappointed to find that some of these sessions were being run by divas. If anything, it taught me exactly how NOT to act.

Please Go Away, Rebecca Black
People will not stop thinking/talking about Rebecca Black. There was even a session about her! I attended this session and was actually excited to discuss why it is that we all still have the song Friday still in our heads. What I learned was the power of video, and a good quality video too. When you search on Google, video searches automatically come to the top. Hint Hint.

Exhibitor Hall
I managed to have to some time to check out the exhibitor hall with a co-worker and met a bunch of interesting people. There are a ton if great products and services out there! Two that stood out the most for me were Market Sharing and Hashable. Both serve very different purposes. Market Sharing is similar to Groupon but for businesses. They aren’t looking to get you a good deal right now. Instead, they are looking for you to get a good deal now and hopefully build a relationship. There is more of a long-term goal than Groupon. Hashable is the new way of exchanging business cards. Although our egos love business cards, do we really need them? Hashable allows you to collect and share contact information with the click of a button. It is a free iPhone app and is definitely worth a download.

I hope these takeaways can help you feel like you were really there! I know I had a blast and hope I can attend again next year.

Did you attend Blog World Expo NYC? What were your key takeaways? Do you agree with these findings? Let me know below!

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