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Where to Go to School if You Want to Become a Lawyer

Where you go to school directly affects your ability to get a job upon graduation and can really build your resume. The classes you take, the major you choose and the internships you are able to secure also have a big impact on your career. What can you do to increase your chances of getting your dream job? Choosing the best law school, based on the pursuit of your career, can go a long way in helping.


Finding a law school to study bankruptcy law is tricky. You can’t just major in bankruptcy. You have to study business law, which encompasses other areas such as tax law, patent law, etc. You must evaluate each school’s business law program as well as their library. Since law schools aren’t structured into departments like most schools are, look at the curriculum.


All law schools are the same for the first year. Thereafter, you take classes, seminars, and internships according to the area you wish to concentrate on. Since most law schools offer the same classes, look at how the schools stack up in terms of the following considerations:


  • Faculty
  • Alumni
  • Bar Passage
  • Overall reputation


Since there are hundreds of law schools in the country, start at the top of the pile and work your way down. According to, here’s where you should start:


1.     Yale University

New Haven, CT – 1824

Yale University Statistics

  • Faculty to Student: 1 to 4.28
  • Tuition: $52,525
  • Bar success: 96.3%
  • Overall law school ranking: 1



The best reputation in the world. Their business law program guarantees you an education that can help you get a job wherever there’s a vacancy.


Prominent Law Grads (list incomplete)

2 US Presidents; 14 Attorneys and Solicitors General; 19 Cabinet members; 67 Congressmen; 10 SCOTUS Justices; 95 Federal Judges; 7 Governors; 9 US Ambassadors; 3 Foreign Heads of State; 19 University Presidents and Chancellors; 16 Law School Deans


2.     Harvard University

Cambridge, MA – 1817

Harvard University Student Advice

  • Faculty to Student: 1 to 8.65
  • Tuition: $48,786
  • Bar success: 94.65
  • Overall law school ranking: 3



Like Yale, you don’t get turned down for much coming out of Harvard. Highly difficult to get into, they give preference to Ivy undergrads.


Prominent Law Grads (list incomplete)

2 US Presidents; 10 Attorney Generals; 21 Cabinet members; 54 Congressmen; 15 SCOTUS Justices; 27 Federal Judges; 18 Governors; 7 US Ambassadors; 4 Foreign Heads of State; 13 University Presidents and Chancellors; 16 Law School Deans


3.     Stanford University

Stanford, CA – 1893

Stanford Cost of Access

  • Faculty to Student: 1 to 6.56
  • Tuition: $47,460
  • Bar success: 94.00
  • Overall law school ranking: 4


Traditionally the best faculty in the country, a tradition that began with former president Benjamin Harrison as the first tenured professor.


Prominent Law Grads (list incomplete)

3 Cabinet members; 6 Congressmen; 2 SCOTUS Justices; 40 Federal Judges; 1 US Ambassadors; 1 Law School Deans


4.     Columbia University

New York, NY – 1858

Do you want to study at Columbia?

  • Faculty to Student: 1 to 6.16
  • Tuition: $51,080
  • Bar success: 95.60%
  • Overall law school ranking: 4


The bastion of liberalism, Columbia law opens doors other schools don’t. If you want a job in a liberal city, this is your choice.


Prominent Law Grads (list incomplete)

2 US Presidents; 9 Attorneys and Solicitors General; 31 Cabinet members; 97 Congressmen; 9 SCOTUS Justices; 85 Federal Judges; 17 Governors; 18 US Ambassadors; 2 Foreign Heads of State; 22 University Presidents and Chancellors; 27 Law School Deans


5.     University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA – 1850

What You Need on Your Resume for Pennsylvania

  • Faculty to Student: 1 to 7.64
  • Tuition: $45,430
  • Bar success: 94.44%
  • Overall law school ranking: 7


Often overlooked, UPenn Law can give you the Ivy advantage when other schools won’t give you the time of day. If your heart’s set on a top 5 school, this one might be your best chance.


Prominent Law Grads (list incomplete)

1 Attorney General; 5 Cabinet members; 43 Congressmen; 2 SCOTUS Justices; 47 Federal Judges; 7 Governors; 6 US Ambassadors; 3 University Presidents and Chancellors; 2 Law School Deans


As stated, a law school is an important decision for many students so before you begin to build your law resume browse these free law resume templates and get your law career off to the correct start.


Jon Reiter works with Taggart Law Offices at Colorado Fresh Start, a Denver bankruptcy lawyer. Jon lives in Denver, CO, where he enjoys mountain biking, skiing and spending time with his family in the great outdoors. Follow Jon on Twitter: @JonReiter

Social Media Mistakes You Should Avoid


1. Holding Out on an Employer

You have likely included social media in the skills section of your resume, especially if you’re a recent college grad, but don’t forget to show off your skills! Also, make sure you have the right type of resume for the right job. 


Don’t wait for an employer to ask to see your social media profiles; show your confidence and preparation by providing easy access.

  • Show employers that you can talk the talk and walk the walk.
  • Show employers that you have nothing to hide.
  • Include links to your Facebook, Twitter, and other social accounts somewhere on your paper resume.
  • The top & bottom of the page are great places to put additional personal information, including social media accounts.
  • Include links to your social media on any online resumes or your LinkedIn account.
  • Ideally, all your social media websites should link to each other.


Social media and your job search



2. Going Traditional

Twitter & Facebook are the go-tos for employers, while Linkedin is essential for professional networking & showcasing your resume, experience, and skills.  However, more & more employers are looking to unconventional social media outlets.  Think about your industry & your ideal job when considering which sites to use:


Job Search on Pinterest  -Pinterest is a great way to showcase your personality, style, sense of humor, & values.  I think my Pinterest account is what really caught the attention of my boss when I applied to work for FamilyFocusBlog!


Job search on Tumblr   -Tumblr is may be stereotyped as a home for angst-ridden teenagers or fandom fanatics, but it’s a fantastic platform for blogging & showcasing your portfolio of projects.  Gaining a huge following & creating your own brand is possible & will grab the attention of any employer.


Find a Job on Instagram  -If you’re into photography & design, an Instagram account could be a perfect fit.


Get a Job Through Livejournal -If you’re a writer, a blog or a Livejournal account may be the best choice for your written works.

Find a Job on DevianART    -An artist or graphic designer with an edge may flourish on deviantArt.

Job Searching through YouTube   -Youtube channels and podcasts can show your creativity or can inform employers on why they should choose you. The possibilities are endless! Be creative, be smart, be yourself, and don’t give employers a reason to turn you down.


Are you prepared for your social media job search?


3. Being Unprepared

Being looked up online by a potential employer or recruiter is one of the biggest fears of job searchers.  Get rid of the worry by polishing up your social outlets and putting your best foot forward.


-Update your all your privacy settings.

‣If you definitely don’t want employers to see some of your social accounts, make them friends-only.  (I particularly recommend this for Facebook.) There are some parts of your life that should remain private!

‣If an employer is interested enough to friend you, it’s a sign that you are a serious candidate for the job.


-Update your profiles with clear pictures that are on the professional side.

-Create bios that really tell people about you and promote you. Include links to your personal websites & social platforms.

-Connect to as many people as possible, particularly companies and employers with whom you hope to have a future.

-Make your posts count: each tweet, post, like, or share should show your interests, but also demonstrate you knowledge, expertise, & connectedness.


Do you think social media really makes a difference in the job market?  Share your stories of social media job success! Need a little extra help in figuring out how to get started? Then check out the resources at


Annabelle Absar is a writer at Family Focus Blog and a soon-to-be Business graduate from Belmont University.  

Tips From Accounting Recruiters: What You Need To Know


Well-crafted resumes can mean the difference between getting an interview and your resume being thrown in the round file. When you are applying for accounting jobs, recruiters are going to be looking at different things depending largely on the level of the position they are attempting to fill. It is important to be prepared for these idiosyncrasies if you stand a chance of landing an interview so learn how you can write your accounting resume.


accounting recruiter resume


When position is entry level

Entry level accounting jobs are often a great option for someone fresh out of school. These positions offer flexibility, opportunity for growth and advancement opportunities. When you are creating your resume, you should provide information on your education, any internship you took advantage of as well as your skills. Keep in mind that in most cases, entry level positions are going to be geared towards those with at least an Associate’s degree.


When you are crafting your resume, avoid bland experience statements and instead, include action words to make your resume stand out from the crowd. For example, avoid “I understand the basics of accounting procedures” replacing it with “performed (task) using generally accepted accounting procedures”. Always review your resume and read it back from the position of someone who is actually in charge of hiring. Visit our previous post on how on crafting the perfect entry level resume for any industry. 


Mid-level accounting jobs

Mid-level accounting jobs for staff accountants or financial analysts nearly always require at least a Bachelor’s degree. Your resume should not only include your educational accomplishments but must also contain relevant experience. In most cases, four years or more of related experience is necessary. Your resume should also contain references and reflect any advanced experience you have obtained. Keep in mind, these accounting jobs are geared for the more experienced accounting professional and your resume will have to back up your experience.


Cream of the crop

For high-level accounting jobs applicants should have not only advanced degrees but work experience including supervisory experience. Your executive accounting resume should be able to grab a recruiter right away by displaying your educational experience, relevant work experience and show any advanced certifications you have received such as your CPA


Keep in mind these positions are going to be more demanding and your resume should be a good reflection of your skills. Each skill you list should include a statement showing your accomplishments utilizing that skill.  If your resume is too long, a simple statement will suffice.


Educational requirements, work history and relevant experience will all play a role in determining whether you are going to be called in for an interview. When you have a basic understanding of what should be included in your resume for all levels of accounting jobs, your chances of success improve. Keep in mind as you are drafting your resume, each recruiter is going to have piles of resumes to search through.


Your format should be simple to read, and should be using action words and you should delineate all experience that is relevant for the position. Another important thing to do is to keep your resume up-to-date as you gain experience. You never know when you will decide it is time to move to the next level.


About the author: John Hallinston is an external career consultant and a passionate career management blogger. Accounting jobs are in high demand but be sure to optimize your resume for each job application.    

How To Get A Job At The NSA


how to get a job at the NSA fast


Source: ElectronicFronteirFoundation

Step One: Fail out of High School

Failing out of high school is a difficult task. But if you’re serious about working for the NSA, you’ll let nothing stop you! Here are a couple valuable tools to help you along the way: drugs and alcohol.


If you don’t have the stomach for that kind of thing, you can always fall back on Snowden’s tried and true method of failing out, commonly known as “not caring enough to attend class.” After adopting your strategy, patiently follow through with it for four insane years.

Congratulations, you’ve accomplished the nearly impossible: failed out of high school!

good job you failed out of high school

Step Two: Attempt to complete high school again, and fail at that too

By now you should feel immense regret and embarrassment about failing high school. But because you’re now too old to attend high school legally, you’ll have to complete some course credits at a local community college.


Make sure to choose some courses that are relevant to your interests. In Snowden’s case, he chose computing. Now here comes the hard part: you’ll need to fail out again. “But how?” you ask, “I like the courses I chose, because they are relevant to my interests!” I’m afraid we can’t help you on that one. You’ll have to figure it out on your own.


Step Three: Obtain a General Education Development Certificate

You’ve had a rough go of it by now, but it’s clear you’re no dummy. Just go in and take the GED test. After obtaining the certificate, celebrate! You’re over halfway there.


Step Four: Join the Army and Break Both Legs in a Training Accident

I can see you’re having second thoughts about joining the NSA now — but a winner never quits, and a quitter never wins! Think of the immense, blistering pain blooming through your broken legs as a test. It’s only a small taste of the years of psychological torture that you’ll eventually be subjected to after leaking sensitive government secrets to the general public!


Step Five: Get a Job as a Security Guard for the NSA

snowden job + NSA resume

In America, we have a deep and abiding respect for those who start from the bottom and make their way to the top. So instead of aiming high, aim as low as possible! That way, when you do reach the top rungs of the National Security Agency a mere five years later, it will be that much more bittersweet when you give it all up to live like a fugitive in Hong Kong.


Step 6: Get promoted because of your “techno wizardry.”

best NSA resume + neo the matrix

If you don’t have an innate, Mozart-like ability to deal with computers and programming, it’s time to give up hope. Snowden wasn’t plucked out of his security guard job because he knew how to open Internet Explorer.


Apparently during his time failing his computer courses at community college, he still managed to learn quite a bit. In fact he knew so much about computers that he was sent on world wide assignments to Geneva and Japan to do IT security.


Step 7: Achieve ultimate success and then give it up on principle

Congratulations! You’re now so successful within the structure of the NSA that you can easily access extremely top-secret information, the revelations of which could possibly lead to terrorist attacks! However, you also feel deeply that American privacy rights are being needlessly subverted.


The ensuing existential crisis leads you to abandon a yearly salary of $150,000, your girlfriend, and your spiffy home in Hawaii.


achieve ultimate success and then throw it all away

You will spend some time as a fugitive, living a very uncomfortable existence, until you are inevitably captured by the US government and subjected to years and years of psychological torture. All because you love America so much! Or hate it, depending on your political point of view?

Still want to work for the NSA? Then in all honestly, you can begin your job application at there employment site here:

For more great resources about how to write an excellent resume head over to the smartest resume builder website on the web, Resume Genius, for a full run-down on what it takes to get any job. 


How To Really Prepare for An Interview

Congratulations! If you’re reading this, it’s because you’ve landed an interview.

Preparing for an interview is very easy. Follow these steps.

1. Research the company

Before going in for your interview, it’s important that you understand the company. If you wrote a good cover letter, you should already have some knowledge. Now, it’s time to broaden and deepen it.


You should find out:

  • A.     The name of the CEO, and your likely interviewers.
  • B.     The company’s missions, goals, and values.
  • C.     News related to the company, if there is any.
  • D.    The size of the company (employees and branches.)
  • E.     Who’s doing the job that you’re applying for, and what their activity looks like on the web, if they have a web presence.

With this base of knowledge, you’ll be prepared to competently discuss your role in the company, and how you can specifically assist.

2.     Practice interviewing with your friends

It’s a bit embarrassing, but you should ask your friends to do mock interviews with you. It will help you to be more comfortable during the interview, since it will help you to familiarize yourself with the information you researched about the company. 

You should also be prepared to make statements regarding:

  • A: Who you are, and your personal history.
  • B: What your current work experience is.
  • C: Your history, and your future goals.
  • D: Why you think you’d make a good fit in the company.
  • E: Why you’re interested in the company.

When you start practicing, you’ll find out that you’re going to stutter and feel awkward, and unsure about your responses. Better that you work the kinks out with your friends, rather than the boss!

3.     Prepare documents for the interview

You’ll need:

  • A: 3 copies of your resume. (This is in case you have multiple interviewers. You’ll look extremely prepared if you can hand out your resume to everyone to study.)
  • B: A list of contacts that they can call to get recommendations. (Note: Be sure to ask these contacts if it is OK to list their names.)
  • C: A copy of your cover letter. (Not entirely necessary, but could also be useful if they misplace their copy.)

Bring these items to ensure full preparation.


4.     Get a good night’s rest, and eat a healthy breakfast

Be responsible. Don’t drink the night before, stay up late playing video games, or try to jam in too many chores. Studies show that a lack of sleep can cause accidents and even a permanent loss of intelligence. Be sure to eat a healthy breakfast. Studies also show that not eating breakfast will not only sap your energy, but will also contribute to killing you! You’ll need all the energy and spunk you can get when you walk into the interview environment.


5.     Dress up – no matter what job you’re applying for

Always dress for success. It doesn’t matter what the job is, you should arrive in a suit or a dress. In some cases, you may feel overdressed – but the fact of the matter is that people will only compliment you on your appearance. Then, they will let you know that you don’t need to dress up at the workplace.

You’ll come off as professional and a head above the rest of your competition.

6.     Arrive 10 minutes early

First of all, being late is the worst thing you can do to yourself.

Being right on time is the second worst.

Give yourself some time to mentally prepare before walking into the interview. Rushing to get in the door on time will cause normal people to have an elevated pulse, and appear twitchy and nervous. If your energy level is too high, it can be just as off-putting as being a slouch. Read these self-reinforcing psychological tricks that can boost your confidence and help you nail an interview.

Giving yourself an extra 10 minutes to take some deep breaths and go over the content of your interview can mean all the difference between a shaky, unsteady performance, and a killer interview.


7.     Don’t forget to smile

Don’t roll in the door looking dead serious or panicked. The unfortunate reality is that your first impression is the most important one. Give your interviewers, and their co-workers, warm smiles and greetings.

This can be difficult to do in a pressure-filled situation like an interview. The hiring manager will understand your situation and be sympathetic. However, you’ve got to force yourself to be friendly!


8.     Ask questions

All that studying and research you did about their company should come in handy here. Ask detailed questions about the nature of their job, what the company culture is like, what a day at the company might feel like, and related questions.

Having no questions at all can make you come off as disinterested or uncreative. If you’re not confident that you’ll have a question to ask on the spot, you could prepare a list and bring it with you.

Don’t forget to ask the critical question: When are they going to follow up with you?


9.     Thank them for the interview

People love being thanked. It shows them that you respect their time and effort, and that you appreciate the fact that they’ve chosen you for further inquiry. Be sincere. Say it loud and firmly.

10. Put on a pair of sunglasses, smile broadly, and strut out the door

interview preparation csi miami confidence

If can pull it off, you can try.

But probably you should simply walk out the door like a normal person.


Best of luck with your interview!


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