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Legal Internships: Fact, Fiction, and How to Find Them

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Summer is an ideal time for college students to garner some specialized experience that will help them to both identify fields of interest and stand out on their resume or graduate school application.  For students considering applying to law school, legal internships are an ideal way to learn about the legal field and determine if it is, in fact, a fit.  Before you decide to search for a legal internship, however, here are a few things to consider . . .


Post-Ofri

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At the center of nearly all of Dr. Ofri’s work is the doctor-patient relationship.   It is a common thread running from her most recent book, What Doctors Feel:  How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine, and you can follow it back through her other titles as well (Incidental Findings, Medicine in Translation, Singular Intimacies).   It is in fact the reason we place Dr. Ofri among a small, unique class of “doctor-writers,” writers who both criticize and celebrate the complexities of clinical medicine and remind us—quite powerfully—that caring is a big part of curing . . .


Privacy Rights in the Digital Age: Precursor to a Discussion with PA Superior Court Judge Jacqueline O. Shogan

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The United States Constitution guarantees many individual rights: the right to speak freely, the right to assemble, the right to freely exercise one’s religion, and the right to keep and bear arms, to name a few.  But does it guarantee individuals the right to privacy in their geographic movements?  According to recent Supreme Court and Pennsylvania Superior Court decisions, it does in certain circumstances . . .


Grades

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Let’s see, what do I want to say about grades?  Hmmm . . .  A better question might be, what don’t I want to say?  Or better yet, what should I say and what should I keep to myself?  There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t engage in a discussion with pre-health students about grades.  Some professors think pre-health students are overly grade-conscious.  Not entirely true.  In my office, I see the overly, the underly, and the in-between.  When it comes to grades, no two pre-health students are alike.  Kind of like the snowflakes falling outside my window as I write this . . .


What to Do Between Naps & Meals, Part II

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Winter break is here . . .  Between naps and meals and spending time with your family and friends, you might find these glimpses into medicine interesting, even moving.  


Do you want to secure a job or internship over winter recess?

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Should you use winter recess to recharge your intellectual batteries and catch up on sleep after (hopefully not) too many overnighters studying for finals?  Certainly.  Should you capitalize on this time to secure summer internships and post-graduate employment while unfettered by academic and extracurricular commitments.  Absolutely!  Here are some ways you can use winter recess to secure that coveted opportunity.


What to Do Between Naps & Meals

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Winter break is coming . . . a chance to catch up on sleep, beat siblings at games of Wii and grandparents at gin rummy (or vice versa!), reconnect with friends from high school, and hopefully enjoy some home-cooked meals.  At my house, I’ll be getting frustrated over tangled strings of holiday lights, getting the inexplicable need to watch football out of my system, and getting excited for Santa’s arrival with my seven-year-old son.  My pre-health advisor hat will be hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that I’ll be suitably refreshed by the time I put it back on in 2014.  It did occur to me this morning, however, that the break might also be a good time to do some things you haven’t had time to do during the semester.  Pre-health things . . .  


Know Your AAMC

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AAMC = Association of American Medical Colleges.  For anyone aspiring to allopathic medicine (becoming an MD some day), the AAMC is the governing body of the U.S. medical schools you’ll apply to for that important next step in your education.  There are many reasons to spend some time on the AAMC website.  Here are just a few. . . 


My Law School Applications are In! Now, How do I Pay for School? The Nuts and Bolts of Financial Aid

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Before we talk about logistics of financial aid, let's consider some important statistics.  The average amount of debt carried by 2012 law school graduates was $84,600 for public school graduates, and a whopping $122,158 for private school graduates.  Not a big deal because you'll be rolling in the big lawyer money after graduation, right?  Not exactly.  The adjusted mean starting salary for 2012 law school graduates was $75,554, with 51% of graduates making between $40,00 and 65,000 annually and 16% making $160,000 (For more detailed information, click here).  If you are in the majority of graduates with a salary under $65,000, paying back that debt can be a hefty endeavor.


10 Easy Ways to Boost Your Professional Development Today!

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It is National Career Development Month!  Positively impacting your own career growth and development doesn’t have to be an unmanageable commitment.  In fact, implementing bite-size professional development activities throughout your week and month can produce significant results...