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1 Law Degree, 5 Ingredients

You won’t need an oven or cookie sheets for this recipe. Instead, you will need skills that aren’t available at your local supermarket. In order to earn a law degree, you will need to possess certain skills unique to the field. Check out these essential ingredients.Law Degree ingredients

  1. Communication Skills- Lawyers work closely with clients to get their message across. Whether it’s through writing or speaking, the message needs to be delivered clearly and precisely. Every detail counts. A good lawyer should also be able to communicate well with their clients to make sure all of their needs are met. Clients pay lawyers a large amount of money to assist them with many different issues that may be going on in their life. It’s important, as a lawyer, to communicate well with clients not only to keep them happy, but also to gain referrals from their families and friends.
  2. Analytical Skills- Lawyers need to be able to analyze any situation, at any time. Some lawyers defend clients they may know are guilty. Therefore, they will need to analyze the situation to see what parts of a story are significant for the case.
  3. Organization Skills- The legal system requires a lot of paperwork to be completed before any legal action takes place. With so much paperwork to sort through, organization is key. Lawyers need to be sure who to follow-up with and what documents need to be filled out and signed. An unorganized lawyer simply will not see any results.
  4. Teamwork- Many lawyers work with partners or teams of lawyers to accomplish a goal. Some clients may have more than one lawyer on a case. This means that lawyers will need to work well with other professionals to collaborate, listen to their ideas, and produce results from them.
  5. Memorization Skills- There are many state and federal laws that lawyers need to memorize and retain. In order to succeed, a lawyer should be knowledgeable on a particular law at any given time. This does not only require great memorization skills but also the ability to retain the information.  Ways to practice these skills are to read informational books or novels to practice your ability to remember information that you read. Law school requires a large amount of reading, so why not start early?

Now that you know the 5 essential ingredients to make a lawyer, what’s holding you back? You don’t have to apply to law school today, but at least try working on these skills beforehand. Before you bake a cake, you run to the store for the ingredients right? Think of becoming a lawyer in a similar way.


Criminals Deserve Justice!

Do you ever wonder why people triple check to see if they locked their car doors? Or only hire babysitters they know and trust? Unfortunately, the world is a dangerous place. With a criminal justice degree, you can study the legal system to possibly help prevent crime, and other illegal activity. If you want to see a change in the world, in the neighborhoods around you, and want to see your children grow up in a better environment. Don’t just hope for change, but be the change. A criminal justice degree can be earned from a variety of colleges and universities. And there are many criminal justice degrees to choose from such as: a forensics degree, a criminology degree, law enforcement, and even law school. There are so many programs in criminal justice offered at colleges and universities, just waiting for you to learn more about.Criminal justice degree

How Does a Criminal Justice Degree Change the World?

Criminal justice degrees train people to become professionals in the legal system. Police officers, investigators, and lawyers are all necessary members of our society. Why not choose a career that helps people? You can go to sleep at night with a paycheck and the satisfaction of knowing that you helped an elderly lady after she was robbed, or maybe you found a missing child that never came home from school. There are people depending on you to help them and save them. A criminal justice degree is much more than a degree. Instead, criminal justice degrees open doors for individuals to help each other and the world.

But wait, I’m only one person! I can’t change the world.

If you have a passion for helping others and the environment around you then a criminal justice degree may be the perfect degree for you to earn. It’s time you made a difference with your future and the future of the world. Yes, you are only one person but as one person you can make drastic changes in the lives of others. For example, a fireman may be one person. But that one person may have saved a family from a burning house. Sounds like one person can go a long way with a criminal justice degree.

You may not change the entire world, but you will change the world in the eyes of the individuals you help.


It’s never too late to earn a college degree

Hazel Soares earned a degreeEveryone loves an inspirational story. Overcoming differences, falling in love and fitting in are everyday stories but today I read one about Hazel Soares. Hazel is a 94-year-old great grandmother that just earned her bachelor’s degree in art history at Mills College in Oakland.

Born in Richmond, California, Hazel said she always wanted to attend college. She was born in 1915 and graduated from high school during the great depression which halted her education.

“Unless you had some help, it would have been impossible to go to college,” Soares said. “However I never lost the desire to go.”

She waited until she was 79 to start taking college courses. She spent six years at Chabot College taking classes and finally earned her Associate’s Degree when she was 85. After that, she enrolled at Mill’s College in 2007.

Hazel has a large family, she was married twice, has six children of her own and 40 grand children and great grandchildren. Statistically, she is believed to be the second oldest person to graduate from college. Instead of earning a criminal justice degree or a marketing degree Hazel studies art history because she plans to use her degree to work as a docent at a local museum.

“We are really amazed and very proud of my mom,” said Regina Hungerford, Soares’ youngest child. ”The biggest thing that we can all learn is that we’re never too old.”

Hazel hopes that others realize that it is never too late to go back to school and get a college education. Among other things, Hazel still drives and visits her doctor only once every three years to make sure she’s OK. She also said she doesn’t take any prescription medications.

Kudos Hazel, for being an inspiration to all of us.

“There’s no reason why you could not go back,” Soares said.”Some people do give up the idea or postpone the idea. It’s too late. It’s too much work. They may not realize that once you try it it’s exciting to go to school.”

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Student Profiles: What Type of Student Are You?

Before beginning any college classes, it’s important to know what type of student you are. We’re not talking about jocks vs. non-jocks… we’re talking about the way you study and interact in the classroom. Read the following student descriptions and the problems each student faces to determine which student represents you best.

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  1. Slacker Sam - Sam is studying business and he’s very intelligent, yet his GPA is suffering. Since Sam has always been told that he’s intelligent, he doesn’t feel the need to attend the “unnecessary classes” (note: there is no such thing).  Sam goes to class a few times a week and still does well on the tests. So why is his GPA so low? Well, participation is a large percent of class grades and that is where Sam lacks. Sam doesn’t like going to class and participating because sometimes he feels that he already knows what the teacher is saying. “Class is for people that need to learn, not me. I’m just here to earn my degree” is the attitude that Sam has. Not only is Sam’s GPA suffering, but when it’s time to apply to MBA programs he will have a hard time asking professors for recommendations. To them, Sam is just a name without a face.
  2. Distracted Denise- Denise goes to every class, every day. She truly enjoys her classes in photography.  In the beginning of the semester Denise is very attentive, she studies a few weeks before each exam, and does pretty well on them with so much preparation. As the semester continues, Denise gets a little lazy. Although she still goes to class, her mind is in another place. Either she’s texting her friends about weekend plans or she just falls asleep in her desk. She wishes that she could maintain the same enthusiasm about school throughout the entire semester, but this seems to always be an issue for her.
  3. Virtual Valerie- Valerie has just started earning an online degree. This seemed to be a great way for her to earn a degree because she already works full-time. The problem that Valerie is facing is a lack of motivation. Sure, she has the time after work to study and interact on online message boards, but instead she takes a long bath and watches T.V. She’s starting to think that an online degree may be for a more structured student, something she’s never been much of.
  4. Anti-social Andy- Andy is a straight A student. He has never missed a day of college in his entire college career.  He has a 4.0 GPA and is involved in a number of organizations. Sure, Andy has great grades and is an excellent student, but he has a hard time working with others because he is a perfectionist. When Andy is in class, he dreads hearing the words “group work” because he’d rather just work alone. Andy hopes he can overcome this struggle so that he can one day work well with others in the workplace.
  5. Overworked Owen- Owen has four daughters all under the age of 10. He thought that he’d be able to manage a full-time job and attend full-time school, but he’s starting to think again. Owen is starting to wish that he chose to earn an online degree because he misses being home with his family, and they miss him too. Owen wakes up at 6 a.m. to start working and goes directly to night class from work with no time to study. His grades are suffering, but he just can’t seem to find enough time in the day to do everything he’s supposed to do.

How would you fix these students problems? Come up with methods for them to be better students. Sometimes seeing problems in someone else’s life are easier to fix than when they are your own. Use the methods you came up with to help yourself become a better student. It is important to remember that no student is perfect. Figure out where your flaws are and work on them to avoid any obstacles throughout your college career.

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5 Easy Tips to Search Degree Types that are Right for You

Earning a college education is quickly becoming a reality for more than just high school graduates; many adults are choosing to go back to school to transition careers or to gain a competitive edge over their peers. Whatever your reason may be, choosing a degree or certificate program is an important decision that takes careful consideration. To help make your decisions easier, we’ve put together a list of 5 easy ways to search degree or certificate programs that best match your interests and goals.

1. On-campus or online?
When searching degree programs that fit you best, it’s important to be realistic and consider your lifestyle and study habits. Are you a self-starter who will stick to a study routine without needing to be accountable to a professor? Do you work full-time and need to find a degree program that works around your schedule? If the answers are yes, then searching for online degree programs may suit you. Online degree programs also free you from travel expenses to and from campus. Be sure to find accredited online schools while conducting your search, or your college credits won’t be valid.

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2. Search degrees or certificates that are in high-demand.
While you continue your degree search to find the perfect match, searching degrees that are in high-demand will ensure lots of job opportunities after graduation. If you’re transitioning between careers, search degree types with job opportunities that will propel your career, not let it remain stagnant.

3. If you already have a degree, is there a certificate program available?
If you already hold a degree, it might be wise to search degree endorsements, certificates, and licensing that can be used with your current degree. Medical Billing or Paralegals are popular examples of certificate programs that result in well-paid positions.

4. Know what you DON’T want to find and what you DO want before you search degree programs.
Is it important to you that your work results in some social benefit? Do you have qualms with business practices taught in certain industries? It’s important to keep your personal values in mind while you search degrees and schools. It may be harder for you to succeed if you’re compromising your values.

5. Consider the time it will take to complete the degree (and make sure the commitment is feasible).
Refer to tip #1 – be realistic about your lifestyle and how much you’re willing to sacrifice while you’re enrolled in school. As you’ll learn when searching degree types, an undergraduate degree takes from 2-4 years, Master’s Degree take 1.5-2 years, and Doctorate or PhD upwards to 5-6 years. These time commitments will impact your family and social time. Even online degree programs require a lot of time and dedication.

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