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ABA Health Insurance for Law Students & Recent J.D.'s

For law students and J.D.'s anticipating the coming long weekend--a brief respite from the ongoing rigmarole of law school or post law school life--there are probably many things on your mind.  Health insurance may not rank high on the list, but maybe it should.

Your law school might offer a plan to students, this is especially true for a law school that is part of a broader campus (i.e. including undergrads, other grad programs, etc.). If you are a recent J.D. seeking health insurance, getting a plan through your alma mater may not be in the cards, but you can do a little comparison shopping from the comfort of your laptop. Sites such as vimo, health insurance finders, and netQuote will allow you compare available plans so you can balance the scales of affordability and value.

If you're more into one-stop-shopping, take a turn over to the ABA website. The  ABA offers a health insurance coverage for enrolled law students and recent graduates.

The Fast. And the Furious...Hunger Striking J.D. Revealed

By now, whether you are a student of law or not, you have probably heard. First, about the hunger strike for law school transparency. And now, about the revelation of the true identity of the hunger striker.

It turns out that the few details that were set forth by UnemployedJD  blogger "Ethan Haines" provided a rather modest modicum of transparency themselves. For example "Ethan" is actually Zenovia. And she is not an entirely unemployed J.D.

The Huffington Post reported on a few of the recent developments in this story. Zenovia Evans, a graduate of Cooley Law School, revealed her identity to USA Today.  That interview found that Evans currently works as an independent contractor at a personal injury firm and is also pursuing an MBA.

Why are some people furious?

A Look at Best Value Law Schools

preLaw magazine will be releasing its 2010 rankings of top 20 best value law schools in its Fall publication due out in October, reports the National Jurist.  The publication identified 60 institutions as providing the best law school value for the law school buck.

It will rank the top 20 according to set criteria and provide details about the balance 40 in its report.

The 2010 report marks a few firsts for the preLaw rankings. It is the first time indebtedness has been taken into account. And, it is the first time the study has been done in consecutive years.

To "make the list" law schools had to satisfy the following criteria:

What 1Ls Can Learn from Puppies

You've read Paper Chase. And watched the movie. You've talked to recent law school graduates. And those who reign supreme with 2L and 3L status. You went to orientation and got more than a couple of earfuls on what this year will be like. But, to add perspective, how about seeking inspiration on getting through the year from an unlikely source.


Yes, puppies.

Some may say that 1L's and puppies occupy completely polar realms. And that's exactly why it may be surprisingly insightful to learn from them. 

1Ls--of the animal aficionado breed or otherwise--enjoy. And good luck.

Blawg...the New Black?

Being the savvy law student, pre-law student, or associate that you are, you likely always know how to get the latest in legal news...and in good style.

What's in for Fall is the blawg. Relevant legal news, with a twist of lime.

And you have landed a front row seat to all of the action. The FindLaw blawgosphere spans the legal news continuum through a network of over 30 blogs.  Below is a listing of popular posts from 6 of FindLaw's Featured Blogs. So pour a glass of Perrier and get ready for the preview...

Blawg crazy: 18 popular posts from around FindLaw blogs

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J.D. Fasts for Law School Transparency, Day 8

What does transparency mean to you? For J.D. Ethan Haines it means a lot.

As in breakfast, lunch, dinner. And snacks.

Haines, who authors the blog UnemployedJD and describes himself as a "self-designated J.D. Class Representative", is on a hunger strike to promote transparency among law schools with specific regard to their employment statistics. He tapped 10 random law schools from the top 100 to respond to 2 requests:

1) to comply with a non-profit group called Law School Transparency's campaign to collect detailed job statistics of graduating students; and

2) to audit career counseling programs for effectiveness

How to Survive Law School: 5 Online Tools


It's a new law school year. There's a new class of 1L's. And, to go with the theme, we have new thing or two to add to our advice to incoming law students on how to survive law school.

Here's a brief re-cap:

6 Tricks & Tips to Surviving 1L

  • Experiment with study techniques. 
  • Don't worry too much about how others answer questions in class. 
  • Be careful about getting wrapped up in 'law school high'. 
  • Law school supplements are not like steroids, you are encouraged to use them to understand the material.  .
  • It's okay to be a passive member, and free lunch never tasted so good. 
  • You can read the full details in the original post

And we've been busy building & revamping online tools and resources that can be useful for law students in whatever stage they're in...and can be especially helpful to newly-minted L's making sense of it all.

How to Survive Law School: 5 Online Tools.

(did we mention they are all free)

Can Non-Ivy Law Grads Become SCOTUS Justices?


"What do you want to be when you grow up?"

Ah, the question that has marked time for each of us. We can remember being asked this simple query back in the days of playtime tea parties and toy truck meets and perhaps even as recently as well, yesterday after lunch.

Regardless of when you first or last had to answer it, the question suggests limitlessness, endless possibility, and maybe even a William Shatner-Star Trek intro kind of epicness.

If you have been single-mindedly focused on one goal--attaining supreme judicial status as a SCOTUS justice--then a relevant question may be whether there was any ivy at your law school.

The ivy league-SCOTUS connection

The Anchorage Daily News reports that of the 111 justices that have been appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court since the Judiciary Act Of 1789, approximately one third graduated from Harvard, Yale, or Columbia law schools.

And according to the New York Times, "since 1956, there have never been fewer than three justices from Harvard and/or Yale sitting on the court at any given time. And since 1988, Harvard and Yale alumni together have consistently represented a majority of the court." They even have a few graphs on hand for good measure.

SF Calling: 5 Things to Do at the 2010 ABA Annual Meeting


Wherever you may fall in the law school timeline, there is an event to add to your docket. It is the auspicious American Bar Association (ABA) meeting held annually for law practitioners and law students. And get ready to hail the nearest trolley, because the action starts this Thursday in San Francisco.

What will you do when you get there? Fear not, here's a guide to show you what's hot.