Bar Exam: Multistate Performance Test Guide

by bvest (Back to Guides)   What is the MPT? The MPT is a skills-based exam created and distributed by National Conference of Bar Examiners (the same folks who do the MBE, MEE, UBE, and MPRE). NCBE produces two for each exam administration. State bar examiners, however, may administer two exams, only one exam, or zero. Each MPT is a 90-minute exam that includes a memo from your fictional partner or judge giving you an assignment, general instructions for completing such an assignment, a "case file" with relevant facts about your case, and a library of two or three authorities...

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Character and Fitness: What the Bar Is Really Looking For

by HelloYesThisIsDog (Back to Guides)   Everyone seems to panic when they learn there is a character and fitness requirement for being licensed as an attorney in every state. This guide is to help calm you down and give you some direction in how to prepare for C&F review. A couple caveats before we dive in: 1. I am a lawyer, but I do not specialize in bar discipline/character and fitness. You should not construe any of this as legal advice. If you have a character and fitness issue that you believe will be a barrier to your admission, you...

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Government Honors Programs: Gray’s Guide

by Gray (Back to Guides)   If you want to work for the government, you’ve probably already read all about the terrible odds, hiring freezes, slow interviewing process and other sources of misery that come with applying to the honors programs. But if you have a real passion for public service (or a passion for not being in the office at 10pm), the effort is definitely worth it. This guide is for anyone who is currently working on Honors applications, but also for 1Ls and 2Ls thinking about what they should be doing earlier on. I’ll go over what agencies...

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Income-Based Repayment, LRAP, and PSLF

by twenty (Back to Guides)   Hello LSL friends, This is a longish post about LRAP/IBR/PSLF. I will expand on the post as people have questions and comments, but the baseline is a simple explanation of these programs, what these acronyms mean, and why you should pay attention to them. Basics of Income Driven Repayment Law school is expensive - like, unreasonably so. Georgetown Law's tuition costs alone are now just under $60,000/year at sticker price. With an additional $20,000/year in housing costs, law textbook costs, commuter costs, interest on loans during school, etc., it is entirely possible for a...

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Law School: Emkay’s Guide to 1L Success

by Emkay (Back to Guides)   This OP chronicles my advice to 1Ls about making a study plan. It is largely based on my own plan as a 1L during the fall semester. I hope others will find it useful, and I'll continue to edit the OP over the course of the next several weeks. I hope to work on it a bit each day until it's fleshed out. If you have comments or suggestions or anything you'd like me to add, please let me know. Got a different opinion/approach than me? Awesome. Please make a guide outlining your approach...

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Law School: How to Do Well on a Law Exam

by TheSeaLocust (Back to Guides)   Hello! I'm Eric, d/b/a TheSeaLocust and sometimes Scribe or disco_barred, depending on how far back into posting histories you go. I tied for top GPA my 1L-year at UVA, and have been writing guides and providing advice on exam success since then. These days I'm a software engineer/web developer/computer guy because lol lawyers are awful. I used to run an exam strategy course for 1Ls in the fall. This is my first guide, originally posted in 2010: Introduction, background, the law school mass-delusion OK, here it goes: When you are in law school, you...

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Law School: Quiver’s Guide to 1L Success

by Quiver (Back to Guides)   Below is a description of my study method for 1L year. The purpose of this guide is simply to provide another data point for 0Ls and 1Ls looking to craft a study plan--there is no ONE way to succeed in law school. So, the first thing I'd suggest is to read all the advice threads here (Emkay's guide and TSL's guide are both excellent) and in the TLS wasteland (Arrow's guide and xeoh85's guide are great as well). These all have fantastic advice, and reading them will allow you to pick and choose which...

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Law School: T22’s (Lazy-ish) Guide to #1 at a TT

by T22 (Back to Guides)   Hey guys! So, Top Law Schools gave me a TON of guidance before/during my first semester of law school and I want to pay it forward. Yes, I'm only a second semester 1L, but the first semester is really the absolute most important semester of your career and I finished mine rank 1 thanks to all the folks over at TLS. I cannot echo enough, before I start this, that there are so many ways to succeed in law school, not just my way. Please, look at all the collective wisdom on here and...

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LSAT: Rowdy’s Guide to Acing It

by Rowdy (Back to Guides)   Who are you and why should I listen to you? I did a really good job on the LSAT. My preparation was 100% self-study plus a couple of outside resources. I think most ambitious LSAT takers over-engineer their studying and end up holding themselves back or being inefficient with their time. I do not tutor or anything, I just took the LSAT and have opinions. There are other opinions out there. Feel free to take from this guide whatever helps you self-actualize. For whom is this guide intended? This guide is nominally geared towards...

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Pre-OCI (On-Campus Interviews): Brainsyk’s Guide

by BrainsyK (Back to Guides)   I. Introductions One of my favorite quotes about the pre-2008 legal hiring market is: “You had people with 3.2 averages at GULC walking into callbacks at Fried Frank like they were hot shit . . . You read about irrational exuberance sometimes, but you rarely get to see it put on an ill-fitting Brooks Brothers 1818, pick up an embossed padfolio and shake your hand firmly.” Fast forward to 2018, hiring timelines have moved up and firms are filling up many (and sometimes most if not all) slots of their summer class, reducing demand...

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Public Defender Gunner Guide

by Borhas (Back to Guides)   This guide is meant to maximize your odds working as a public defender out of law school. It is not meant for people who want to have a fall back option because a lot of the advice here will make you less competitive for other career paths. But, if being a PD is your main goal it may be wise to 100% commit to the path because hiring can be pretty competitive. Some background about me: I graduated in 2013 from UC Hastings and worked as a public defender in Colorado for about 4...

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Public Interest for T14s: Employment Data, Resources, & Testimonials

by Nebby (Back to Guides)   As a practicing-PI attorney, I can say with confidence that this YLS fact-sheet is an excellent primer for PI interested law students: To understand the charts below For employment trends charts, the year is the class year, e.g., 2016 is the class of 2016. For employment trends charts, the percentages are based on the number of full-time (long-term) PI-employed graduates divided by the total number of graduates. The total number of PI-employed graduates are in parenthesis. For these purposes, “PI” includes what the ABA required disclosure defines as “Public Interest” and “Government.” Thus,...

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Quiver’s Guide to Federal Clerkships

by quiver (Back to Guides)   This is a guide for those interested in judicial clerkships. It is by no means comprehensive, but I’ve tried to cover the essentials. I should note that, while I will mention state clerkships at various points, the focus of this guide will be on federal clerkships. Okay, let’s get to it. I. What is a Clerkship? II. Why Should I Clerk? III. What is the Clerkship Hiring Timeline? IV. How Do I Get a (Federal) Clerkship? V. How Do I Perform Once I Start Clerking? VI. What are My Job Opportunities After Clerking? VII....

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Reapplying to Law School

by trkmaniak (Back to Guides)   All, I have seen a lot of people talking about reapplying due to not getting the results that they wanted. I wanted to share my results and the strategy that got me here. I'm not saying that this should be taken as gospel, just my strategy that got me where I want to be. Note: This is my strategy as a KJD cycle 1 to one year out of graduation cycle 2 without retaking. Since this is a law school forum I am putting this forward in relation to law school admissions, but of...

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Researching Firms: A NALP and Chambers Partners How-To

by UVA2B (Back to Guides)   It's pretty important to research any job you're considering going into, but in the context of 1L law students, you might not really know how to do that. You'll get some guidance on resources available to you from your law school's career services, and it's pretty likely two of those major resources will be the NALP Directory and Chambers and Partners. Since you've probably never used either of these resources, we're here at LSL to help. The Links NALP Directory Chambers and Partners NALP Directory What NALP Directory Gives You This is the place...

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So You’re an Undergrad (or High School) Student and You Want to Go to Law School?

by HelloYesThisIsDog (Back to Guides)   This post and thread is for users who are interested in law school but aren't sure what to do with their time before they apply to law school. What do I need to apply to law school in the US? A bachelor's degree in any subject from an accredited undergraduate institution, and an LSAT score (or, for some schools, a GRE score). That's it. No need to overthink this. There are no other educational prerequisites. If you're an international student, the question of whether it's accredited is trickier and I don't know the answer,...

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Summer Jobs: From T14 to Small Regional Market

by MT Cicero (Back to Guides)   Hello, and welcome to my guide for targeting the generally very few SA positions in a small regional market ("SRM"). My own path was from the lower T14 to a small regional market for my SA. Then, during my 3L spring, big changes in my life led me back to the large market where I attended law school. Also, bk1 has a great guide posted here:, and I will refer you to this guide and many others that exist (and will eventually) on a range of topics in that forum. I just...

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Summer Jobs: Unlocking 1L Summer Associate (SA) Positions

by UVA2B (Back to Guides)   Have you ever heard how 1L SAs are unattainable? That they are random and you can't plan on getting one? Well, I hate to break it to you, but that's mostly right. Getting a market-paying gig at a big firm in the market you want is tough sledding from pretty much any law school as a 1L. But that doesn't mean it's impossible. Depending on the market you want, and depending on how well you navigate the job search, you can position yourself to get a really good 1L SA that will hopefully result...

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Transferring to Another Law School

by Nebby (Back to Guides)   May your Arrow fly straight and your aim be true. Advice for Transferring to Another Law School I. Introduction II. Why Transfer? III. Where to Apply? IV. What Factors are Considered in Transfer Admissions? V. What are Competitive 1L Stats for Top 14 Schools? VI. Do Softs Matter? VII. The Application Requirements VIII. Personal Statement IX. Letters of Recommendations X. Early Action/Early Decision Transfer XI. Is it Worth It to Go? XII. Other FAQ XIII. Recommendations I. Introduction This post should help all the 1L’s out there who have crushed their first year of...

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12 thoughts on “Guides

  1. ymmv • Post Author •
    March 7, 2018 at 2:10 PM

    If anyone is looking for a guide on a specific topic, feel free to request it on the Forums!

  2. Hstrat
    March 27, 2018 at 8:44 AM

    TLS’ content competition has a guide titled “Punching Above Your Weight: Strategies for OCI,” which has since been deleted. Does anyone still have a copy of that (or any of the other deleted guides From TLS), or would be willing to write a new one for LSL?

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