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.

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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 […]

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