From the starting quarterback: Balancing life as a student-athlete

Growing up in the shadow of historic Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, home of the Packers, I grew to love the game of football.

Whether watching Brett Favre slinging a 60-yard touchdown pass or witnessing Aaron Rodgers systematically dismantling an opposing defense before coolly striking when it mattered most, I couldn’t help but become completely enamored of the game.

Today, the incredible opportunity to play quarterback for the Panthers while getting my schooling paid for is something I do not take for granted. I am currently working toward a Masters of Public Administration and pride myself on my academics. But it was a long road, and took a lot of work to get here.

School as a priority

In high school I struggled with Advanced Placement courses. I didn’t fully grasp the significance of taking such demanding college-level classes at the time, but the work paid off when the credits I earned later allowed me to graduate within three years from Bowling Green State University, a small school in a small town in Northwest Ohio. I attended on a football scholarship and sat on the bench my first year—“red-shirted,” in the lingo of college football—and played for the next two years before graduating Magna Cum Laude.

I have always aspired to attend law school and so, recruited by FIU to finish out my remaining two years of football eligibility, I chose the MPA program to give me a perspective in government that I can rely upon once I get to law school.

Balancing act

The term “student-athlete” speaks directly to the inherent struggle that exists in all who embody it: Your attention is constantly pulled in two directions, pitting you between the rigorous demands of your sport and the academic course load and accompanying NCAA grade requirements. I consider myself fortunate to have learned many lessons while playing football that are just as applicable off the field as they are on the field. In fact, anyone involved with the game will tell you that it’s a cliché heard in youth leagues on up to the professional level: “Football teaches you about […]

Report recommends sweeping changes at UMaine law school

The addition of new faculty and administrative positions, expansion of course offerings and an overhaul of governance and operational practices are among the recommendations for the University of Maine School of Law. A report released Friday calls for sweeping changes at the University of Maine School of Law, including the addition of new faculty and administrative positions, expansion of course offerings and an overhaul of governance and operational practices.

The report, commissioned by the University of Maine System and board of trustees in February, recommends that the law school enter a three-year transition period during which the changes could take place and that it do so quickly. James Erwin “Maine (School of Law) has already begun to cannibalize core functions in order to balance budget priorities,” the report says. “If Maine is to have a law school, then it must be repositioned within three years, funded and led by a skilled team as soon as possible.”

University officials Friday did not have an exact figure on how much it would cost to implement the wide-ranging recommendations of the report, but James Erwin, chairman of the UMaine System Board of Trustees, estimated it would require “millions of dollars at least.”

For now, the report calls on the system to cover the costs of the recommendations while a new state funding mechanism is considered for the law school.

“We will work with the law school to find resources wherever we can that will be devoted in a prioritized way,” Erwin said. “That doesn’t necessarily mean 100 percent (of the changes will be made), but largely we want to follow the recommendations of the committee’s report to help the law school get on and stay on a sustainable path.”

The report comes at a challenging time for the law school, which is searching for a new dean after the departure of Danielle Conway and has had to turn to the University of Maine System and University of Southern Maine for $2.67 million to stabilize the budget over the last three years.

The law school’s current budget is $5.69 million, while the system’s overall budget is $572 million.

State funding, […]

Career opportunities in Commerce Stream

Management courses run by good institutions are in great demand today. As a discipline of study, management courses came to our country a bit late and mostly we copied it from western countries in the beginning. However, many of the Management topics were covered under study of Commerce in our country. Commerce has been a popular stream of education in the country and in many ways is the first among professional courses available.

As the economy is expanding and volume of business keeps multiplying, study of commerce has become more promising. Even when a degree in engineering or technology is a most sought after qualification these days, there is no decrease in the popularity of commerce. One major advantage with commerce is that one doesn’t have to spend a lot for studying this subject whereas courses in engineering, medicine, architecture etc. require huge financial cost, more so at private institutions. However as in case of any subject, you should choose commerce only if you find the subject interesting and have an aptitude for it.

Commerce can be chosen as stream of study at 10+2 level.

If you have been a student of science, you may take admission to a B.Com course after completing 12th standard. Admission to a commerce course is mostly merit based. Your score in the previous examination will be taken into account to determine your entry to the course. You are not required to go through tests like JEE or NEET needed for entry to many engineering, medical and few other professional courses.

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Commerce is mainly concerned with trade and business activities such as sale of goods and services by producer to retailer and the end user. As a commerce student, you will be studying accounting principles, economics, business/investment strategies and topics like these. The subject will enable you to prepare balance sheet, trading account, profit and loss statements and various other statements depicting the financial health of a business. You will also learn use of computers in business accounting.

To gain entry to a commerce based career you should have at least a graduate degree in […]

LSAT-India 2019 law scholarship: 3 students score highest, share success mantras

This year, instead of a single top scholar, there are three — Hena Ayisha, Shivansh Bagadiya and Pulkit Goyal are the chosen LSAT-India 2019 scholars. The Law School Admission Council, USA, a US-based, not-for-profit organisation devoted to promoting quality, access, and equity in law and education worldwide, has announced the recipients of its new LSAT-India Law Scholarship, an award that aims to provide the opportunity for aspiring lawyers to study at some of the best law schools in India. The LSAT-India Scholarship awards up to a maximum of INR 6 lakhs to the 2019 LSAT-India scholar — the student with the highest overall reported score on the LSAT-India taken at the June 2, 2019 test administration. With three students scoring the highest, LSAC named Hena Ayisha, Shivansh Bagadiya and Pulkit Goyal as its 2019 LSAT-India scholars. What expenses does the LSAT-India scholarship cover?

The scholarship – divided equally among the three recipients – will cover tuition and halls of residence fees for the first year of the law programme, up to a maximum of INR 6 lakhs in total. Any unutilized scholarship costs from the first year can be rolled over to the subsequent year.

The scholars will have the opportunity to continue receiving the scholarship benefits to cover a second year of tuition and halls of residence fees — as long as they secure an overall score in the top five percent (cumulative of both semesters) of the batch in their first year of the programme.

The scholars will also attend LSAT-India events throughout the course of the year.

Read: LSAC to provide scholarships for aspiring Indian law students Three LSAT-India scholars selected this year

Yusuf Abdul-Kareem, Vice President of Emerging Markets and Business Intelligence, LSAC said: "To help commemorate more than ten years of LSAC administering the test in India, we are excited to announce not one, but three LSAT-India scholars." "Congratulations to Hena, Shivansh, and Pulkit. We applaud the LSAT-India scholars for their achievements and look forward to continuing our vision of promoting academic excellence and leadership skills in the law students of India," he […]

SOAS Law graduates second highest for graduate pay in UK

A new study by Chambers Student , a guide to the legal profession has revealed that SOAS University of London Law graduates on average earn £80,973, ahead of Cambridge, Oxford, Kings College London and UCL.

SOAS School of Law LLB programmes are unique in offering the opportunity to study all the areas of Law required for professional purposes in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland alongside the opportunity to choose from an unusually interesting range of elective modules. Professor Carol Tan, Head of the School of Law, said: “The Chambers Student study highlights that our School of Law’s broad choice of modules, high quality learning and teaching, and international outlook is highly sought after in a global world. It also confirms what we already knew – that our students are of the highest calibre.”

LLM and MA students are also offered a large array of interesting modules on Human Rights, International Law, Islamic Law, Comparative Corporate and Commercial Law, Environmental Law and much more.

Find out more here on the School of Law pages .

225 pro bono hours fetches law student a new suit

Tanisha Taylor walked in to Patel and Gaines Law Offices expecting a few pastries and kind words from the partners when she was invited to a reception in their office.

She said she was speechless when they welcomed her from the elevator to the conference room and gifted a $1,880 custom-fitted suit made from the fabric of her choosing.

“Upon walking in the conference room I was greeted with smiling faces, applause, Another large screen that read ‘Congratulations Tanisha’, and a news camera,” she said. “I wasn’t expecting so much, but Patel Gaines went beyond and above to make me feel special.”

Taylor, a third-year law student at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, completed 225 pro bono service hours shattering the college requirement of 30 hours, and leading all other classmates.

In fact, no one in St. Mary’s history had ever dedicated that amount of time to pro bono work, but community service is what Taylor was raised on.

“Community service is very important to me,” she said in an article on the school’s website. “Growing up, my mom owned several day care centers and always taught us to give back even if it was just little things like taking our toys and giving them to kids in the daycare. You never know what can change a person’s life, and it never hurts to give back.”

Patel and Gaines is the sponsor of St. Mary University’s Office of Career Strategies “Suit-Up” Station.

“We’re looking for professionals that have lots of great clothes they can give back to the law school, to give back to the students who may not be prepared, because law school is extremely expensive,” said Rahul B. Patel, J.D., managing partner. “If they’ve got an opportunity to give back, this is a great opportunity to make someone feel really good as they enter the workforce.”

Robin Thorner, the school’s Executive Director of Career Strategy said the Suit Up Station allows students to shine in their interviews and look professional for their first day on the job.“The firm’s gift to the law school specifically supports our Summer Public Service Fellowships for students […]

Neena Speer’s First Year in Law School Made Her Better Attorney — And an Author

Neena Speer with her book "Dear Future Lawyer: An Intimate Survival Guide for the Minority Female Law Student" (Ameera Steward, The Birmingham Times) By Ameera Steward
The Birmingham Times Neena Speer’s book “Dear Future Lawyer: An Intimate Survival Guide for the Minority Female Law Student” (Ameera Steward, The Birmingham Times) At the time, Neena Speer felt that going through law school was the worst hand she could have been dealt.

“I almost flunked out,” she said. “I went from honors student … to barely getting a 3.0 [grade point average]. … It just messed with my psyche. … Then I got out of law school, failed the bar, … [and] couldn’t find a job.

“All these experiences can happen, so I said, ‘Why not write and tell [people] about all these feelings they’re going to feel, all this stuff they’re going to go through? [Why not] tell somebody exactly how they may feel in that scenario and how to use it?’”

Those experiences led Speer to write “Dear Future Lawyer: An Intimate Survival Guide for the Minority Female Law Student,” a book that walks the reader through Speer’s experiences during each year of law school. She attended the University of Alabama School of Law from 2014 until 2017—and almost didn’t make it through her first year.

“I just had to have some way to cope with the fact that I thought, ‘If God was sending me here, why the heck would He have me almost fail out of law school?’” she said.

One of the problems Speer faced was that she had received advice from people who had experienced law school differently than she had, and they were telling her she wasn’t doing enough.

“I was in every office of every teacher every week, asking [questions], doing my outline, skipping football games, going out maybe every once in a while, and I didn’t do enough? It put me in a place or a mindset I didn’t know how to recover from,” she said.

To deal with it all, Speer decided to write a funny way of looking at what she was going through.
“I met so many […]

Networking newbie? How to make a great first impression

Q: I was unimpressed with the letter writer in a recent column about time-wasting networkers. Networking is a complex skill set. The law student who annoyed the writer was taking initiative just by requesting the meeting and was reaching out the best way he knew. Did the writer have all his or her networking skills perfected in law school? Are there really any “bad” networking requests?

A: You raise a fair point: Our species has perfected the hardware and software aspects of networking — but the wetware upgrades are incomplete, and the end users need training.

So let’s say you’re a student preparing to enter the workforce, ready to network. You have a LinkedIn profile and the names of potential sources in your field. Just fire off an email and invite them to coffee — right?

Not so fast. These aren’t non-player characters in a video game, handing out magic talismans and hints to each adventurer who stumbles past. They’re people with piles of obligations and precious little free time, and — let’s be blunt — they owe you nothing.

But here’s the good news: Many of them, like the original letter writer, want to pay their success forward. Devora Zack, author of “Networking for People Who Hate Networking: A Field Guide for Introverts, the Overwhelmed, and the Underconnected,” has hints to help networking newbies activate that goodwill.

Be prepared. Before you meet, use your “instant access to anyone” technology to research your contact so you can skip over the basic, open-ended questions (“How did you get started in this field?”) and “impress me with how much you know about me,” says Zack. (Anti-creeper pro tip: Keep the focus on your contact’s public accomplishments and field of study — not memorizing the names and ages of their kids and pets.)


Be specific. Be clear about what you hope to get from the encounter, such as suggestions on skills to acquire or blogs to follow. Keep your initial email or phone call short and to the point, though polite. If your contact was recommended by a mutual connection, says Zack, lead with that […]

There’s too much emphasis on reducing student loans and not enough on reducing risk

Beth Akers is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of the report “ Should College Come With a Money-Back Guarantee?”

Much of the debate about college today focuses on tuition and mounting student debt, with Democratic presidential candidates even raising the possibility of forgiving all student loans. Not enough attention is paid to risk . Spending tens of thousands of dollars annually on four years of college (or more), with little promise that it will pay off in the form of a good job, is a big gamble.

If higher education is ever going to break the cycle of endless tuition increases matched by ever-increasing student debt, an essential step will be to find innovative alternatives that reduce the risks involved and give colleges an incentive to send graduates into the world with educations that make them coveted by employers. Over the past decade, dozens of colleges across the country — most of them smaller institutions, which are especially vulnerable to declining enrollment and falling revenue — have begun trying alternatives that could help point the way.

Taking a page from the retailing playbook, colleges including Pacific Lutheran University in Washington, Keystone College in Pennsylvania and Houghton College in New York offer their student-customers financial assistance in paying back loans after graduation if a borrower doesn’t land solid employment.

Each program is unique, but they generally operate by providing payments to the student borrower to reimburse federal and private student loan payments for as long as the borrower’s income stays below a predetermined income threshold. At Pacific Lutheran University, the PLU Pledge provides financial assistance to help borrowers who earn less than $43,000 annually after graduation. Borrowers who make $20,000 or less annually are reimbursed for 100 percent of their student loan payments. As a borrower’s income rises toward the $43,000 threshold, the reimbursement rate is reduced. The assistance continues until the borrower’s income surpasses $43,000 or until the loans are completely paid off.

About 120 undergraduate programs are now offering such guarantees, according to the Indiana-based LRAP Association (for Loan Repayment Assistance Program), which takes its inspiration from a […]

Vlogging future magic circle trainee uses commercial awareness nous to support her law school studies

Beats working the tills at Tesco Credit: Eve Cornwell (Instagram) Eve Cornwell is known to the masses for many things: her popular YouTube channel which has amassed a loyal following of nearly 200k subscribers, her trendy outfits and quirky catchphrases (‘Yeet’) and, of course, her die-hard commitment to all-things coffee — remember the time she gave up coffee for a week ?

Now the social media influencer has used her commercial savvy to launch her own millennial coffee club. Taking to Twitter and Instagram yesterday where she has a combined following of 78k followers, Cornwell wrote: “I’ve been working on this brand for over 8 months now, but your girl is finally releasing her own BRAND — the Millennial Coffee Club.”

Much mystique surrounds the future Linklaters trainee’s latest venture, but she does describe it as a “brand” and teases her fan base about “a whole lot more information coming soon”. That didn’t stop her fans from speculating. Could Cornwell be championing clothing? Those hoodies featured in the trailer (below) wouldn’t look out of place in your average law school library, with one fan commenting: “I hope we at least get a shot at those dope hoodies.” Or perhaps it’s coffee beans that the connoisseur is promoting? “I still have no idea what this is. A TV show? A brand of coffee? A cult? I’m so confused!” wrote another follower. Whatever the budding lawyer is working on will be revealed in a vlog this week and released in “series” with the first drop on 6 August. MILLENNIAL COFFEE CLUB. @millennialcoffeeclub . guys i can’t believe that this day is here, my hands are literally shaking as i’m writing this. i’ve been working on this brand for over 8 months now, but your girl is finally releasing her own BRAND – the Millennial Coffee Club. (congrats to most people that guessed it might be coffee related…). WHAT IS the millennial coffee club? Good question. More information released soon. @millennialcoffeeclub season 1 releases 6th august. Millennial Coffee Club isn’t the first undertaking of its kind for this commercially-minded future lawyer. In recent weeks, […]

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