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Seven steps to choose the ideal law school to suit your needs.

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It’s challenging to find the perfect school when you don’t know what you’re looking for at the beginning. What do you do to choose the right school to be a part of your future career?

“When you are practicing law, the first question you ask another lawyer is ‘Where did you go to law school?’ It creates an impression,” said Sarah Zearfoss, senior assistant dean at the University of Michigan Law School.

Experts in student admissions and admissions suggest that you consider location, size, and prestige when determining the most suitable fit while ensuring you receive the highest quality education. With more than 200 law schools accredited to select from, Here are seven things you need to know to narrow your choices.

1. Be aware of what you’d like to achieve

It’s like searching for the perfect car. It’s essential to consider the options you require, eliminate the ones you don’t, and consider the comfort level you’ll feel sitting in the driving seat. In the end, you’ll be driving for three years.

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“The match between a student’s career goals and the opportunities at the school is one of the most important factors,” Zearfoss told the AP. Because the majority of prospective students are interested in the study of law to gain advantages in the workplace, ensure that the law school you choose to attend can guide you where you want. This is a matter of understanding the kind of law you’re looking for and then selecting a school with courses, clinics, and other opportunities to assist you in pursuing it.

A cautionary note is not to allow your search to become too narrow due to education.

“Review the curriculum, but remember, at the end of three years, you are going to take the bar exam, and the bar exam is not specialized,” said Ann Killian Perry, associate dean of enrollment and financial aid for the University of Chicago Law School.

Be sure that the legal training you receive exposes aspects of law and keeps you engaged as your interests alter.

2. Be aware of where you would like to be today and in the future.

The location is the key to success at law school.

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“Some students need to be near family or support,” Perry explained.

Some are eager to head out and have a blast. Law schools in urban environments could have more opportunities for students, including numerous internship opportunities at law firms, municipal agencies, and government offices. But, cities of all sizes can be a source of distractions. The same is true for beaches and party schools. A town in rural areas may provide more opportunities, but it will also provide plenty of warmth from the community and less distraction.

Judd Grutman, a graduate of the University of Michigan, advises applicants to take into account the access to the resources available.

“The last thing a law student wants is to waste time doing mundane things,” he stated. “Surrounding yourself with amenities means more time for fun.”

Imagine the area as a location where you could remain after law school.

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“The conventional wisdom says you should go to a school in an area where you want to practice law,” Zearfoss told the AP.

Some schools have an educational program that is regionally based. However, some schools may provide a broad-based law curriculum that can be used in nationwide fields.

A place where you’ll feel comfortable is just as important as having a secure academic environment.

3. Find out the dimension and the ambiance you are seeking.

Small or big, what size of law college should be one you are at ease with. A big school, similar to an urban area, is home to the best of everything: opportunities, people, and competition, as well as resources. It also has a lot of diversity.

On the other hand, smaller schools may provide an enlightening atmosphere.

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“Our small size helps foster a close-knit community among students and faculty,” Perry stated. “Our students find a more collaborative effort of learning and exchanging ideas.”

The most important thing it comes down to is whether you feel like you’re in the right place. Are you a natural under fierce rivalry or teamwork that is friendly? Are you searching for lifelong legal friends or a campus for commuters where you can enter and learn, then leave?

“I found Michigan to provide a supportive, fun-spirited social network, both within and outside the law school,” Grutman declared. “Being at ease has been the key to my achievement. I’m having a great time because of it.”

What can you do to experience the atmosphere at the school? The best way to do this is to go to the school. Talk to the current students or alumni, and contact the admissions office for tickets to regional activities.

4. Learn the ranking, then examine the rankings

For many law students in the pre-law school, Rankings are their bibles. Although you might not be able to adhere to them, you’ll likely admit they’re a significant factor in the decision-making process. They should be labeled with a warning, “For the general purpose only.’

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“Many aspects are considered when the evaluation of a school. I don’t think a single rating can determine the worth of a school. It’s only one part,” Zearfoss said.

Perry recommends looking into factors you’re most interested in, including specific areas, bar rates, and student body makeup. These numbers can provide greater insight into the information you’ll gain from going.

The recent University of Michigan Law School graduate Jane Feddes agrees.

“Rankings are important, but they are not the final word,” she added. “I think it is important to pick a school that gives you the best chance to have a job when you graduate.”

5. Learn what others have to are saying about the school.

The esteem and prestige of a law school shouldn’t be valued. Potential employers might filter applicants solely based on the school’s name before even looking at resumes.

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“When deciding where to go to law school, I wanted not only a place I felt at home but also a place that made me proud to say I had gone there,” Feddes declared. “Prestige is nice, and it is nice to have on your office walls, but it’s not going to affect your legal education either better or worse. Concentrate on your fit, and add some luxury.”

6. Remember that the ends justify the method.

The law school experience represents an investment. It is essential to know the cost and ensure the loan aligns with your career objectives.

“It is fool-hearty to choose a school just because it costs $20,000 less if it can’t take you where you want to go,” Zearfoss told the AP. “Your investment is worth it if it opens doors.”

The truth about debt from law school will be there for a while. Perry suggests keeping a check on the deadlines for financial aid and application deadlines. After that, wait for your package of financial assistance to select a school based on the amount it will cost and what grants and scholarships you can avail of. However, don’t exclude the higher-priced schools if they’re a good fit in other ways.

7. Find out where you are and then use it to your advantage.

After narrowing down the selection of accredited law schools to 200, following how they match your needs, you’re now ready to assess where you’re with them. It can be expensive to apply, and you should look at your personal information (GPA and LSAT score) against the schools’ averages.

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Most students are accepted to around 11 schools. Some have more than 20 applicants. The best practice is to break your field into three categories – stretch schools that are most likely to take and accept the dunks.

“Even the best candidates will get turned down by some top schools because schools look for different things,” Zearfoss told the AP.

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Do you want to quit your job in Dubai? These are the five steps to follow.

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Gulf News speaks to UAE legal professionals about the steps employees should follow when quitting.

Dubai: You may be contemplating quitting your job as a full-time employee in the UAE. What happens if my manager refuses to accept or acknowledge my resignation. How can I ensure I have no problems moving to a different job?

Gulf News interviewed legal experts in UAE to determine the best steps for employees to take to avoid financial or legal liability when they quit their full-time jobs. The steps below are only for employees with full-time jobs. They are based on UAE’s new Labour Law, Federal Decree-Law No. 33 of 2022 – and its governing regulations.

1. To ensure you give the correct notice period, read your employment contract.

According to the UAE Labour Law, the notice period for a full-time employee who wants to end a work contract may be between 30 and 90 days. Your labor contract will specify the notice you must give to your employer. You can find our detailed guide on how to get a copy of your labor contract here.

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Failure to fulfill your notice period could result in financial liability. You may be asked for your salary for the period you did not serve, according to Priyasha Corrie (Partner at Keystone Law Middle East LLP).

She stated that Article 43(3) of UAE Labour Law requires parties to compensate each other. This is a ‘payment in lieu notice’ equivalent to an employee’s salary for the whole notice period or a portion thereof.

You should keep some things in mind if you’re resigning within your probation period. Our detailed guide explains how to resign during probation.

2. Resign in writing

Corrie advised employees to notify their employer in writing of their decision to resign, via email or by letter. It is crucial to indicate your notice period and the last day of your work following your labor contract. This is required by Article 43 (1) of UAE Labour Law.

What happens if my employer doesn’t respond to my resignation email

According to Dr. Ibrahim Al Banna (CEO of Ibrahim Al Banna Advocates and Legal Consultants), while employees are required to submit their resignations in writing, acknowledgment from the employer is not required under the UAE Labour Law.

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Dr. Al Banna stated that the employer does not have to acknowledge the notification.

3. Receive all your end-of-service dues

Your gratuity will be calculated according to Article 51 of UAE Labour Law once you have served your term as a full-time employee. You must note that gratuity will be calculated on an employee’s basic pay.

Dr. Al Banna stated that when calculating gratuity for a foreign employee, an employer must, according to Article 51 (5), calculate it based on the previous basic salary to which the employee was entitled, regardless of whether the employee receives a salary on either a weekly, monthly, or daily basis.

The gratuity paid to a foreign employee shall not exceed two years’ remuneration. The employer can deduct any amount due to him or her, following the law or a judgment rendered by a competent judge, when determining the gratuity amount.

4. Ensure that your work permit is cancelled

Concerning Executive Regulations of Labour Law, the employer must apply to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation to cancel the work permit. Dr. Al Banna states that the employer must also apply for cancellation of visas with the General Direction of Residency and Foreigners’ Affairs (GDRFA Dubai) or the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship and Ports Security(ICP) if the employee was under the sponsorship.

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“Once the visa and work permit is canceled, information indicating that they have been canceled will be entered into the MOHRE/GDRFA database. Dr. Al Banna stated that employers had restricted access to the database.

Although you are not allowed to access the databases of the authorities as an employee, your employer should send you cancellation papers detailing when your visa and work permit was canceled and the length of your stay in the UAE.

The visa and permit have been canceled. This gives the employee only 30 days to enter into a new employment relationship or exit the UAE. Dr. Al Banna stated they would be fined if the employee failed to establish a new employment relationship or exited the UAE without a valid visa.

5. For any questions, contact MOHRE

Lawyers also advised Gulf News to contact the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation for any clarifications on the new Labour Law. For more information, contact the Ministry.

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HOW TO SURVIVE A JOB INTERVIEW IN ENGLISH.

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In English, we frequently talk about “surviving” an interview. Sometimes, simply surviving isn’t enough. You have to be able to show the interviewer what an excellent candidate you are should you want to be hired for your dream job. While specific interview questions are more challenging than others, you will still get an edge over your competition by knowing how to handle these simple English questions during the interview. Sit in a comfortable position and get yourself ready to tackle these English job interview-related questions.

Tell me more about your personal life.

It’s not a question but rather an invitation to provide more information. It’s still a popular method of opening an interview, however. Keep in mind that the interviewer is looking to learn about your skills related to your job rather than what you’re doing in your private life. Don’t mention, “I was born in Taipei,” “I like playing computer games,” and “I am the youngest of my two brothers.” Talk about your career progress, the lessons you’ve learned, and particular skills that allow you to be a suitable candidate for this position.

Your Strengths?

Don’t hesitate to sell yourself! The trick to answering this question is providing specific examples and supporting them with proof. Don’t just answer: “I’m organized, punctual, and well-liked with my colleagues.” You should follow up any information you state with “For instance” …” and elaborate on how you demonstrated your skills in your previous position.

What are your reasons for wanting to be a part of our team?

Employers would like to know why you’re interested in working for them. Therefore, show them that you know the company’s work and that you’re excited about your job. Don’t begin by saying, “Umm,” “I don’t know,” It seemed like a good choice for my career,” or “I haven’t found any other interesting information.” Go online and research the company before you interview to ensure that you can provide specific reasons as to why you’d like to join the company. Remember that the interviewer needs to understand what you could bring to the company rather than what the company could bring to you!

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What made you quit your previous job?

Perhaps the last position you had was a disaster. However, an interview isn’t the right time to discuss the issue. If it’s true, do not make negative or opinionated remarks regarding your former or current colleagues or employers: “I didn’t agree with the direction of the company,” “I got no acknowledgment for my work,” “My boss was unjust.” Such statements can make you appear unprofessional. Instead, concentrate on positive reasons to leave, such as the desire to take on new challenges or expand your knowledge.

Have any questions you’d like to ask me?

Interviewers typically end their interview by asking this question. Make sure you ask specific questions that demonstrate that you know the basics about the company, but you’d like to know more. Be sure to ask questions you already know the answers to, such as, “What does your company does?” Or, “Could you give me your name repeatedly?” Also, don’t inquire about salary or vacation-related questions: “When do you give raises?” “How much vacation time should I anticipate?” Save those questions to ask after you’ve heard, “We’d like to give you the job.”

Remember that the most important thing to do for an interview is to be prepared. Research thoroughly and ensure you know the company’s mission and job before going into the interview. Be relaxed and remember that you were invited to the interview because the company is looking for your skills. Be sure to answer these questions and make use of them as a base to ensure you are successful at that subsequent English employment interview.

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HOW to get your dream job.

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You’ve found your desired job and are determined to land it. But what after that? It’s easy to get overwhelmed, particularly if the job you’re thinking of is different from your current job. Here are some tips to aid you in the direction of your dream job right immediately.

Prioritize your work

One of the primary reasons that set the people who succeed in their goals apart from those who merely continue to dream is their priorities. They decide what they would like to accomplish – and at what point, and then create a plan of steps they need to take towards their goal. Here’s how:

  • Be precise – The more precise you are in your approach, the more likely you will succeed in what you want to achieve. For instance, instead of just focusing on a specific sector, you should choose the job you’d like to be in.
  • Prioritize your objective into smaller pieces and then prioritize them. Determine what must occur first and focus on it before moving on to your next stage.
  • Create deadlines and work out when you want to accomplish each step along the path towards your desired goal. Check your progress as time passes to ensure you know where you stand.
  • Be realistic. Make sure you review your timelines and goals against external data to make them realistic. Tools such as the Earning Calculator are a fantastic method to do this.

Select an example to follow

A role model can aid in giving your goals and dreams a sense of solidity. In the end, if you can see someone else achieving what you desire, Why shouldn’t you? Role models are also helpful when you’re uncertain of what to do next since you can take their route to success as a model to follow your own.

  • When choosing a role model, it’s important to choose someone with the qualities of
  • Have you achieved what you’d like to achieve
  • It was similar to the beginning point
  • Do your best to know as the most you possibly can on:
  • The choices made in their education
  • The changes they made to meet their objectives
  • Their attitude toward failure, success, and accomplishment
  • What they did to overcome adversity
  • All these are tips you can take to stay on the right track to reaching your goals.

Learn a different language

It may not be the most obvious of business skills to acquire, but mastering the language of your choice increases your appeal by expanding the range of jobs in which you are suited and opening opportunities to pursue a career abroad. At the top of the list of languages to study is English, the primary business language of many businesses worldwide, and can assist you in getting up the list of applicants. EF English Live offers a selection of professional English courses for professionals seeking to improve their skills.

Spend time pursuing your passion

Another cause of failure for professionals is a lack of time. If you truly desire success in your job, you must make time. It doesn’t matter if it’s an evening to attend a business English course, studying time for professional development classes, or the time to apply for new positions. It is possible to temporarily take other obligations off your schedule to take the time needed.

Chat with other people with similar objectives.

Make friends with others who share similar career goals as yours. Along with offering assistance, support, and ideas, they might have concepts and strategies you might not have thought of. Additionally, after you’ve achieved your goals, you’ll already have a solid professional network.

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Don’t give up!

Be aware that things may not happen as planned, so be ready for unexpected setbacks. A timeline that you have in place and making adjustments as necessary will be helpful in the long run, as do having a group of supportive people to discuss your failures and disappointments with.

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