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Legal Shield Offers Legal Services For An Annual Fee

This week on the Law School Insider I had the pleasure to learn about a company that is offering legal assistance to consumers in a different way. Bill Dykstra is an independent consultant with Legal...Read more

Setting Yourself Apart From The Rest In The Legal Career Search

This week in the law school insider I am bringing back Dean Charles Toy, Associate Dean for Career and Professional Development at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. This week we are...Read more

The Keys To Unlocking Your Law School Success

This week on the Law School Insider I am bringing you Dale Richardson, a lawyer with a solo practice, the Law Offices of Dale Richardson in Atlanta, GA as well as the host of the LivetheGoals...Read more

Are There Legal Jobs Today?

This week in the law school insider I am bringing you Dean Charles Toy, Associate Dean for Career and Professional Development at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. This week we are...Read more

Being A Solo Practitioner Offers Freedom

This week on the Law School Insider we have Western Michigan University Cooley Law School alumnus Christopher Pollard, a solo practicing lawyer from New York that focuses his practice...Read more

Legal Shield Offers Legal Services For An Annual Fee

Christopher A. Lewis on Sep 29, 2016 11:00:00 AM

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This week on the Law School Insider I had the pleasure to learn about a company that is offering legal assistance to consumers in a different way. Bill Dykstra is an independent consultant with Legal Shield, and he shares information with us today about how a company like this is assisting consumers by connecting them easily with lawyers.

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Setting Yourself Apart From The Rest In The Legal Career Search

Christopher A. Lewis on Sep 22, 2016 11:00:00 AM

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The Keys To Unlocking Your Law School Success

This week on the Law School Insider I am bringing you Dale Richardson, a lawyer with a solo practice, the Law Offices of Dale Richardson in Atlanta, GA as well as the host of the LivetheGoals podcast, a podcast that is dedicated to helping you set and reach goals that matter.  It is a show that uses laughter, lessons and interviews to help you stay motivated while you improve the skills that will allow you to live a life full of purpose and passion.

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Are There Legal Jobs Today?

This week in the law school insider I am bringing you Dean Charles Toy, Associate Dean for Career and Professional Development at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.

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Being A Solo Practitioner Offers Freedom

Christopher A. Lewis on Sep 1, 2016 11:00:00 AM

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This week on the Law School Insider we have Western Michigan University Cooley Law School alumnus Christopher Pollard, a solo practicing lawyer from New York that focuses his practice primarily on DWI and criminal defense work.

Christopher Pollard is the 5th lawyer in his family so early on he was aware of what lawyers did and he saw the success that they had so he wanted to follow in their footsteps. He soon found the importance in the field of being able to solve problems and work with people to deal with the issues that they have in daily life. The profession of law really comes down to customer service and being able to serve your client to the best of your ability and this is something that Christopher Pollard continues to try to provide every day.

In thinking back to his own law school experience Christopher Pollard mentioned that law school is difficult and takes a lot of effort. The biggest thing that allows Christopher Pollard to find success was that he found the right way to study in law school and he was able to make a good transition from the way that he studied in his undergraduate experience to how he studied in law school. As Christopher Pollard stated "when you're in law school it is best that your life revolve around studying instead of making studying part of your life." If you cannot make this transition you will pay the price in the end.

Christopher Pollard was lucky to have some great mentors in law school that aided him along the way and he emulated their good habits to find success. He also made sure that he was very organized in law school, setting daily learning goals and making sure that he accomplished these. BY doing this he found success for himself and you can too. 

Christopher Pollard mentioned that in law school you need mastery of the material. Law School doesn't have to be hard.

You have to make sure that you do not wait until the end of your term to study for law school. Instead, you have to study and learn the concepts as you go along. You are using the knowledge you are learning to analyze what you are given each week in class.

To get into the groove of law school you have to take the time to eliminate distractions. If you go to law school Christopher Pollard says that you should not wait, but instead go as soon as you can. 

As Christopher Pollard states, you have to decide where you want to practice early on in your law school career. Once you decide the area you have to consider if you live on the border of two states if you will sit for the bar exam in two states. As you are making these decisions consider taking one day a week to get online and start researching the area you want to be in as well as the specific field of law.

As you research the area and firms within the area, look at what they are looking for in job placements. Also, network with people in these firms as well as others in the area in which you want to practice. See if you can volunteer, intern or have other opportunities that might open the law firms and the geographic area to you prior to graduation as well as open up opportunities for job placement too.

Also network with family and friends. Make sure that these people know what you are doing and what you are hoping to do once your are done with law school as sometimes these relationships can open up other opportunities after law school.

Christopher Pollard stated that as a solo practitioner he focuses on DWI and traffic related issues but can easily supplement his case load with other client needs too. As he stated "as a solo you are a jack of all trades but a master of one."

Christopher Pollard sees the benefit of being a solo practitioner with things such as:

  • You set your own hours
  • You are your own boss
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A Career in Military Justice as a JAG

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Building your personal and professional network takes work - it's a job!

This week on the Law School Insider podcast we had the pleasure of having on Leona Lewis who is of counsel with Loop Legal and runs a site called Comply Ethic which focuses on compliance issues for small businesses. 

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Productive leaders solve problems, but servant leaders change communities

This week on the Law School Insider we are bringing back Victor Flores, Assistant City Attorney for the City of McAllen Texas. Victor is our first return guest. In his first show he shared his experiences in going to law school after leaving the military. This week we are talking about his experiences working for a municipality and exploring the importance of helping others.

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Keep An Open Mind, Be Structured and Believe In Yourself!

Christopher A. Lewis on Aug 4, 2016 11:00:00 AM

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This week on the Law School Insider we had the opportunity to have on Valerie Newman who is an Assistant Defender with the State of Michigan's Appellate Defenders Office and Criminal Defense Resource Center and today she is talking to us about her journey and how you have to keep an open mind, be structured and believe in yourself to find success in your career. 

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Work to Learn Not to Earn and be Intentional in Law School!

Christopher A. Lewis on Jul 28, 2016 11:00:00 AM

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This week in the Law School Insider we are bringing you John Mashni an Associate with Foster Swift and graduate of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. John Mashni was very intentional about the decisions he made in law school, the activities he took part in and more and upon graduation he had numerous job offers on the table even before he had passed the bar exam (a nice place to be)!

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