Good stories, well told…
Inspired by actual events
Five years ago, I wrote a piece titled Skip the Five Year Plan – Try These Two Avenues to Success Instead. That article questioned the wisdom of pressuring novices to map out a career before they’ve been on the road long enough to know the lay of the land. To support my argument, I guided … Continue reading You’ve Got Five Years of Experience. Now What?
As of April, 900 people have listened to my presentation, Channeling the River: Using Social and Cognitive Science to Steer Inclusion Efforts. Here’s a brief description: In 2012, I was running Brooklyn Law School’s student newspaper when the school’s New York Bar Exam pass rate dropped for the third year in a row. No one knew … Continue reading Presentation: “Channeling the River: Using Social and Cognitive Science to Steer Inclusion Efforts”
Fear has a bad reputation. It’s a negative emotion. It’s a weakness. It’s a path to the dark side of the Force. It’s a character flaw. Our fictional heroes rarely show fear, and when they do, it’s for five minutes in the second act of the second movie in the trilogy.
“I can’t do it,” he said. So, he didn’t try. “With his disadvantages, he couldn’t possibly catch up,” they said. So, no one encouraged him. When I was younger, I kept hearing people say, “I can’t.” This wasn’t true. I had known these people my entire life. We had built elaborate clubhouses together, without tools, using … Continue reading We are What we Repeatedly Learn
Let’s imagine for the next few minutes that you’re about to have a baby. Let’s also imagine that you want to give your baby the biggest possible advantage in school a few years from now, but you don’t have a lot of money to spare. What can you do? The insanely simple answer? Talk with … Continue reading One Insanely Simple Thing You Can do to Help Your Kids in School
Are you taking the Bar Exam next week? Then read this!
It depends. Are you trying to game the system? Then, no. Are you trying to get an inside look at the industry before committing your time and money to school? Then, yes. Are you trying to develop skills that you can transfer to your ultimate goal? Then, yes. Are you trying to “find yourself?” Then, … Continue reading Should You Take a “Gap Year?”
As I write this, thousands of freshly minted JDs are just starting the 10-week slog of studying for the bar exam. By the end of the study period, these people will come out of exile, grateful to see sunlight again and not wanting to read another printed word for the next three months. This post … Continue reading How to Beat the Bar Exam (or any other test)