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anonymous asked:

Hi! Sorry if you've been asked this before, if you have please feel free to ignore this ask! Er, I'm currently a freshman in college and going to law school is something I've been thinking about doing since high school, the only problem is that I'm an incredibly nervous person and get very anxious l in front of too many people. Though I know not all types of law will require me to enter a courtroom..I was wondering if you have any advice on trying to uh not be so nervous?

I’m going to give public speaking advice more generally, because you are only a freshman in college (congrats, btw) and what you do after should be a malleable concept right now. I wanted to be a bioethicist my freshman year of college, and then a professor of philosophy sophomore year, and then a fiction writer junior year, and then I was happily a quality manager for a clinic, and then I figured out that I needed another degree to advance any further in the field, and hey, law school

So like. Be open to alternatives.

Anyway, there are very few careers where good public speaking skills won’t benefit you. And, like all kinds of communication, the best way to improve at it is to just do it a whole bunch. It’s why my mother keeps signing me up for our church’s phone banks when she knows I loathe talking on the phone. Because after you’ve dialed 500 people and gotten hung up on or shouted at or dial tones, calling people is never scary again.

For me, anxiety comes from a place of uncertainty. So the goal is to remove that uncertainty, replacing it with certainty and the sure knowledge that nothing bad is going to happen.

And, because you are in college, there are lots of low-stakes places to practice public speaking. Giving presentations in class! Volunteering to work at a club fair! If you’re interested in pushing yourself, you can try joining the debate or speech team, but that might be more than you’re ready for right now. A lot of lawyers I know have taken improv classes, so they can be more adaptable and comfortable away from their notes, so maybe that’s something to look into.

You’re going to hear the same advice everywhere: Slow Down. Speak Louder. Work on Your Inflection. Because honestly? Having seen and done bad presentations before, it’s likely one of those three things. There’s nothing worse than someone speaking very very quickly, or too softly, or in a monotone, and those are the three most common things you hear. So take some opportunities to work on those, in a low-stress setting.

And also, hey, just enjoy college. You’ve barely been there for two months, there will be time enough to worry about your oral argument grade.

anonymous asked:

I honestly feel that both presidential candidates are horrible. They both have their hideous flaws and will contribute nothing to this country. Trump is an idiot man baby. And Clinton is corrupt politician. To me they are both racists, they both flip-flop on issues, and lie. Trump has deluded himself into thinking hes a mega successful billionaire and Clinton let a 35 year old rapist off scott free after he raped a 13 year old girl and called African Americans "super predators"

Correction: Trump is an unqualified. Pure and simple. There is no label you can put him under in which he would suddenly become qualified to be President of the United States of America. And if he were to hold that title, it would be in title, and we would likely be being led by Mike Pence — a man who cost his own state an insane amount of money and was willing to shut down the government in an effort to keep women from their fundamental rights. 

And regarding your Clinton accusations:

The child rape case Fact Checked. For those too hard headed to click into it: The man was 41, the child was 12. She never volunteered for this case. She was appointed to the case by a judge while she was a young lawyer, because the client asked for a woman. She asked to be removed from the case because she didn’t want to defend the man, and had her request denied. From there on, she was doing her job, as a lawyer, unfortunate though it may have been. Years later, she laughed during an interview while recalling bizarre details about the case, such as how her client’s ability to pass a polygraph test permanently destroyed her faith in them. 

Superpredators Fact Checked, and in context. And again, for those too bull-nosed to click: “But we also have to have an organized effort against gangs,” Hillary Clinton said in a C-SPAN video clip. “Just as in a previous generation we had an organized effort against the mob. We need to take these people on. They are often connected to big drug cartels, they are not just gangs of kids anymore. They are often the kinds of kids that are called superpredators — no conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first, we have to bring them to heel.”

“The full context of this incident does link children and superpredators, but nowhere in the speech does she directly label African-American youth this way.”

Try. Harder.

I wonder if ppl take a second to step back and read the idiotic comments they leave on articles like… some of these comments completely baffle me I’m…