Should You Really Go To Law School? Introducing The Ghost Of Legal Future

In real life, people tend to resist hard lines: “Isn’t there a win-win approach we can take? Let’s just get along!” When there is, excellent. Take it! But, sometimes there’s not a win-win option. It’s a zero-sum game, and someone’s going to prevail. In that situation, having been trained as a lawyer is hugely valuable. With years of experience objectively examining the facts, you’re likely to identify the reality of the situation sooner and to process the alternatives more accurately.

the decision to attend law school is a highly personal one

Was Law School Worth It?

Would you do it again? This summer, as graduates prepare for their next steps — whether they’re heading off to law school or studying for the bar or thinking it’s a good time for a gap year — it’s likely you know someone (maybe it’s you?) who’s wondering: Is law school worth it? In this Attorney at Work classic, JD Nation’s Annie Little reached out to ask 10 top J.D.s.

There’s no shortage of advice on whether or not anyone should attend law school. In most discussions, the prominent concern is money. Is the cost of law school worth the Juris Doctor? Is the initial debt worth the eventual (and increasingly unlikely) partner payday?

But after the money has been spent and the hard-earned J.D. hangs on your wall, the notion of monetary value becomes somewhat irrelevant. After all, it’s not like you can go back to your alma mater and obtain a refund.

But let’s say, arguendo, that you could return your law degree and get your money back. With the “Esquire” stripped from your name and a firehose-like infusion of funds into your bank account, would you find yourself back at square one? Without any job prospects or opportunities? Or would you make out like a bandit?

As a “recovering” lawyer myself, I’ll admit the idea of a tuition refund sounds like the ultimate equalizer. But even without that hard-earned prestigious piece of paper, you’d likely walk away with a valuable set of skills and experiences you wouldn’t have earned but for your legal education.

Was Law School Worth It? Where’s the Value? 10 Lawyers Weigh In

Below you’ll read accounts from five lawyers — practicing and non-practicing. Some who have no regrets about getting a law degree, and others who aren’t so sure they’d do it again. But, as you’ll see, each demonstrates their law degree is far from worthless.

1. Keith Lee — Outlet for Creativity.

Law degrees get a bad rap these days. Rightfully so for many reasons. Many people who attend law school either don’t know what it means to be a lawyer or discover they are not fit for the role. But for people like myself who made an educated decision to go to law school, knew what they were getting into, and wanted to be a lawyer, a law degree is invaluable.

Before addressing any of the myriad ways in which my law degree has benefited me, I think it’s important to note that the most valuable thing my law degree has allowed me to do is become a practicing attorney. That’s why people attend law school. That’s not to say that alternative careers may not become available to law students, but the reason the vast majority of students attend law school is to become a practicing attorney. I thoroughly enjoy my practice: the clients, colleagues, and work we do. Without my experience as a practicing attorney, I would not have had the other opportunities that came to me in my career.

Outside of being an attorney, my law degree has led to incredible creative outlets. While finishing my last year of law school, I started Associate’s Mind, a legal blog focusing on professional development for new lawyers. It quickly became one of the most popular legal blogs in the country. Associate’s Mind has led to writing opportunities in all types of periodicals and media outlets, as well as book deals with the ABA.

This writing and outreach, born from having a law degree, has also led to wide and deep relationships with attorneys across the country. Initial interactions on blogs and social media has led to phone calls and then to meetings with attorneys in person while traveling around the country. I count many people I have met as friends and mentors.

None of the above would have been possible without a law degree. And I don’t know if you can put a fixed value on the benefits I have received from having a law degree. But, I do know that given the choice, I would do it all over again without hesitation.

Keith Lee is the founder of associatesmind.com, a professional development legal blog for new lawyers and Founder lawyersmack.com He is the author of the ABA bestseller, “The Marble and the Sculptor: From Law School to Law Practice.” Keith formally practiced law with Hamer Law Group in Birmingham, AL. Find him on Twitter @associatesmind.

2. Vivia Chen — Intellectual Prowess.

I’m one of those strange creatures who actually liked law school — certainly much more than practice (but that’s another subject).

I went to NYU Law School, and I thought the students there were razor-sharp, outspoken, and sometimes outlandish (in good ways). They were New Yorkers — even if they weren’t from New York — which is to say they were edgier than the preppies at my undergraduate school or the Southern belles I went to high school within Texas. So what I got out of law school were interesting class discussions that often veered towards heated political debates.

My law school professors, I’m sorry to say, weren’t always as interesting or sharp as the students. Some were plain dull and couldn’t even make a subject like Constitutional Law remotely lively. And some subjects (like Property) were just inherently deadly and probably beyond anyone’s salvation.

Despite what I regard as an uneven legal education, I got an immense intellectual charge from those three years. It taught me to think more logically, to back my arguments with solid support. As an English major in college, I was used to a bit more “fluff;” I loved luxuriating in metaphors, the cadence of words, etc. Law school, on the other hand, made me more direct, more forceful. Plus, it made me more argumentative — which is not a bad thing. It gave me a different perspective on how to approach problems, language, everything.

Vivia J. Chen has been writing about the business and culture of the legal profession for over a decade. She is the creator and chief blogger of The Careerist, and a senior reporter for The American Lawyer. After practicing corporate law for five years in New York City, Ms. Chen worked as a headhunter, interior designer, and ghostwriter. She specializes in writing about careers, often focusing on women and diversity. Find her on Twitter @lawcareerist.

3. Alison Monahan — Keen Discernment.

When people ask what I really learned in law school, they don’t typically like the response: To be an unyielding a**hole on demand. I know we’re not supposed to say things like that when the profession wants to encourage civility and people I like and respect actively encourage lawyers not to be jerks. But it is what it is. Ultimately, it’s a very valuable skill — one that pays dividends in every area of my life … when employed judiciously.

Should You Really Go To Law School? Introducing The Ghost Of Legal Future

That $190,000 starting salary sounds pretty good, right? Or maybe it’s the prospect of doing good for society, especially in the current political landscape. Either way, you’ve found yourself at a crossroads wondering whether you should go to law school.

You’re hardly alone. The last few years have seen a steady increase in law school applications, whether it’s been due to the “Trump bump”, an RBG moment, or COVID-19. Just in this past year, statistics from the Law School Admissions Council showed that as of December 2020, the number of applicants to U.S. law schools were up about 35% and the number of applications submitted were up about 57%, each compared to last year.

Yet, a recent study conducted by the Florida State Bar found that about 60% of young lawyers are so discouraged with their jobs that they were thinking about changing careers. A 2018 survey conducted by job site CV-Library found that about 50% of lawyers disliked their jobs.

There are plenty of other reasons why you shouldn’t go to law school and plenty of reasons why you should, but I won’t share them right now. Over the course of the coming months, my goal is to help you decide whether you should or shouldn’t go to law school. I won’t try to do this by just sharing statistics of how much debt the average law graduate is in or what the bonus is for third year big law associates – I’m sure you could find all of those things on the internet yourself. You are, in fact, smart enough to be considering law school. I’ll help you make your decision by sharing stories, stories of lawyers of all different backgrounds and in different stages of their careers, lawyers who have excelled in traditional paths, non-traditional paths, and everything in between.

Like the Ghost of Christmas Future, I’ll paint a picture of how life might turn out if you go to law school (except much less intimidating, creepy and Grim Reaper-like). My goal is not to dissuade you from going to law school, but rather, like a “choose your adventure” style novel, share the different paths a career after law school can take. I will be your Ghost of Legal Future.

I went to Boston University School of Law a few years ago; I majored in Economics at Emory University, liked to read, was good at writing, and most importantly, I did not want to be a doctor. So, as a first generation child of immigrant parents, of course, law school seemed like the right choice. While I enjoyed many parts of law school – the friends I made, the legal theories I learned, and the critical and analytical thinking skills I developed, working as a lawyer was not at all like law school. I practiced for some time as a corporate lawyer, but it didn’t take long before I realized that it was not what I had expected. I decided that the traditional lawyer path was not for me, and I eventually switched careers into design. I now work as a designer and researcher. I enjoy learning about new technologies and using my problem solving chops to find strategic and innovative solutions.

My path to leaving law firm life wasn’t an easy one. Being a lawyer meant that for most of my adult life, I had been on a path that had been clearly laid out for me. I finished college, took the LSAT, applied to law schools, attended law school, and eventually ended up at a law firm, a path that most law school career centers generally funnel students towards. In leaving the law, I no longer had a clear path laid out for me. Instead, I had to finally do the hard work of figuring out my own non-traditional path.

Law school is often the choice for those who don’t know what to do after college (with the often false promise of a lucrative salary). Even in law school, most often, on-campus recruiting and joining a law firm seem like the path of least resistance (and the path offering the highest likelihood of paying off student loans). While this is the perfect answer for some, for others it leads to unmet expectations and a desire for something different.

Still, looking back, I learned a lot through law school and working as an attorney. The work ethic that I developed, the attention to detail that I honed, and the ability to write as clearly and succinctly as possible were all invaluable skills I gained in the process. I learned how to think critically, advocate fiercely, and negotiate effectively. As I juggled multiple deals at a time, I learned to better manage my time. All to say, that, whether or not I remember the rules for negligence (I do, by the way), I learned valuable skills as a law student and lawyer.

The interesting (or, interesting to me) thing about the legal field is that there’s a whole separate field that’s emerged devoted to helping lawyers leave the law. Studies after studies show that lawyers are unhappy and unsatisfied with their careers. In fact, a recent study conducted by the Florida State Bar found that about 60% of young lawyers are so discouraged with their jobs that they were thinking about changing careers. A 2018 survey conducted by job site, CV-Library, found that about 50% of lawyers disliked their jobs.

What are the cons of going to law school?

Alternatively, public interest attorneys may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, which can potentially eliminate federal student loan balances for borrowers who make loan payments for 10 years while working for the government or certain nonprofits. There are also various refinancing options and a plethora of financial products that can help you withstand the weight of debt. No matter what plan of action you pursue, the financial burden of law school must be fully understood and taken into account.

The changing job market is also one to keep in mind when considering law school. Law firms are finding increasingly innovative ways to address the needs of their clients and building broader relationships with stakeholders, but those same changes could imperil your job prospects or make the field unappetizing to you. Legal jobs have a chance of being international outsourced, for instance, and billing models are shifting.

With that said, the traditional legal market has hopeful projections. 89 percent of 2018 law school grads found jobs within 10 months. The same study found that 71 percent of 2018 law graduates worked in positions that required a J.D. Litigators are in especially high demand, and will continue to be in the next two years.

Given these potential trade-offs, one’s decision to go to law school should not be driven by fear or the negative projections of debt or a changing job market. Instead, it is a decision that should be driven by self-assessment, and career goals. Find out what job market trends you want to follow. And if public interest is the path for you, seriously consider the debt balance you will have to maintain with your goals, personal financial situation, and long-term costs.

The bottom-line answer: if you can avoid considerable debt, laser focus on equipping yourself with practical skillsets, and remain flexible about future job opportunities—you can have a successful career in the legal field. Choose your law school carefully, consider the kinds of clinical experiences you want, the possibility of mentorship, and the employment history of recent graduates at schools you’re drawn to.

What is law school like?

When considering law school, many often overlook the sobering reality of the three years of grueling coursework, clinical experience, research, and two summers of internships. Law school is known to be an intellectually stimulating, and challenging experience.

The current style of legal pedagogy infuses the Socratic method, aka cold calling on students at random during classtime, and case-by-case analysis. The Socratic method is a form of teaching based on asking students questions on the spot to encourage students to think aloud and analyze difficult legal and doctrinal principles aloud with their collogues. This method is often intimidating to students; while the material may not be particularly difficult to understand, the methods their professors employ produces anxiety and stress in the student body.

Students are asked to read an average of several hundred pages of cases a day as a way to learn illustrative examples of judicial principles. The structure of the legal classroom is meant to give students practice thinking aloud and with public speaking.

In addition to weathering a rigorous teaching method, law students must immerse themselves in substantive clinical (i.e. mimicking the practice of law) and journal (i.e. writing about the law) experiences in order to graduate with marketable skills. Clinics and journals provide law students with ways to apply their doctrinal, and often theoretical, lessons to help the lives of their community members or in service of important causes nationally.

Hand-on programs and clinical experiences with the supervision of a licensed attorney, will provide law students with a look into the lives of attorneys, the daily challenges of the profession, and an opportunity to manage a real case load. Students might immerse, for instance, in an immigration law clinic, spending a few hours each week seeing how that branch of the law is applied in real life and providing help that’s permitted for someone who hasn’t yet passed the bar.

Clinics and journals will also provide students with lawyering skills, expansive networks that can be integral when entering the workforce, and a series of professional accomplishments and research opportunities that will help differentiate you from other law students.

Finally, all successful law students take advantage of their summers to get exposure in fields they hope to join, build their resume, and get a better sense of the kinds of offices they hope to work for. These internships are crucial, and some students tailor their coursework to the needs of their prospective employers. While internships in Big Law or at other commercial firms are often handsomely compensated, a majority of public interest positions are unpaid, and only a few schools provide students with financial assistance during the summer.

Prospective law students should be prepared for a rigorous yet stimulating three years. One must enter law school with extreme discipline in order to manage fairly challenging coursework, and clear road plan for the types of extracurriculars and internships that could help catapult one from a successful law student, to an employable one.

Sources:

https://www.attorneyatwork.com/is-law-school-worth-it/
https://tippingthescales.com/news/should-you-really-go-to-law-school-introducing-the-ghost-of-legal-future/
https://www.shemmassianconsulting.com/blog/should-i-go-to-law-school

How to Write a Good Blog Post: 7 Practical Steps for Modern Bloggers

Now that you have your outline or template, you’re ready to fill in the blanks. Use your outline as a guide and expand on all points as needed. Write about what you already know, and if necessary, conduct additional research to gather more information, examples, and data to back up your points, while providing proper attribution when incorporating external sources. When you do, always try to find accurate and compelling data to use in your post.

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Prepare for quality writing time

You probably need to get away from distractions or interruptions in order to write a good blog post. (Turn off electronic notifications, at least during your work blocks.) You probably have equipment you prefer. You might have a little ritual that gets your writing brain going.

For blog content, I like to start with some subheads. They form an inherent structure (kind of like the framework you’d grow a tomato plant on) that you can quickly eyeball to see if the final version will be relevant and useful.

You probably won’t be ready to complete the draft yet. (If you are, just move to the next step.) But capture any words or phrases that occur to you. Expand any points, make a few notes of stories or examples, and track down the links you’ll want to refer to.

Write an Introduction That Grabs and Seduces

Step #2. Write an Introduction That Grabs and Seduces

Introduction Rule #1. Slip into Their Shoes

Don’t get me wrong — as a lawyer, I value solid research. But in the blogging context, this approach bores readers. If you want to captivate instead of bore, you must make readers feel like you’re reading their minds.

Example:

Do you feel that?

That little tugging sensation on your heart?

You’re not sure what, but something is pulling you to change. Not in a confess-your-sins-oh-ye-sinners way, but to shift directions, to embrace your calling, to finally do what you were put here to do:

Write.

You feel the ideas inside you. You sense them straining to escape. You know your job is to set them free, firing them like a cannon into a world in desperate need of them.

But you’re afraid.

You’re afraid of quitting your job and living without a safety net. You’re afraid of the concerned, disapproving looks your friends will give you when you tell them you’re giving it all up to write for a living. You’re afraid of not having enough money for food, of the power being cut off, of watching your family shivering and hungry, all because of your “selfishness”.

And most of all?

You’re afraid you’re wrong about yourself.

As writers, we all share the deep longing to embrace our calling and express our ideas, but we also share the fears that so often sabotage those longings — the fear that we don’t have what it takes, that we’ll crash and burn, and that our dreams are just that — dreams.

Note: You don’t need to open like this in every post. There are certainly other approaches, like telling a powerful story. But if you’re working on mastering your craft and getting the most impact for time invested, an empathetic opening is an approach you’ll want to use frequently.

Introduction Rule #2. Get into Character

So play with your emotions. Map out the emotional journey you’re taking readers on, and infuse those feelings into your writing. Feel what you want your audience to feel and your words will exude those emotions.

Example:

I told my three-year old daughter as we stood outside the car in her school parking lot, the rain pouring down on us as she sobbed breathlessly in my arms.

She didn’t want to go in the car. She just wanted me to stand there, holding her. And I didn’t want to rush her, or tell her to stop crying.

“I’ll hold you for as long as it takes.”

Introduction Rule #3. Lure Readers Down the Page

#1. Open With a Short Sentence or Question

#2. Take a Knife to Your Words

#3. Set the Rhythm

Example:

You’re not stupid.

You know what writing is truly about.

It’s a never-ending battle for your readers’ attention.

Every sentence is a link in a taut chain that connects your headline to your conclusion.

And you are just one weak sentence away from losing your reader forever.

Introduction Rule #4. Make Them Beg

By doing so, not only will readers feel a camaraderie with you (because you understand their fears, so clearly you’ve tip-toed through the dark side yourself), but they’ll feel more eager than ever for the solution you present.

Example:

In his introduction, Glen Long brilliantly taps into the fear of failure all writers experience by addressing the dream of making a living as a writer and then quickly smothering that dream with the doubts that creep up at the mere thought of it:

Introduction Rule #5. Hint at the Promised Land

Example:

How to Write an Introduction: Bonus Tip

Editor’s Note:

If they click a headline that reads “7 Easy Tips For Losing Weight Fast”, and the post begins with an amusing Nicolas Cage anecdote, there’s a good chance they will leave — never getting to read the rest of the post, which is filled with weight loss wisdom.

“At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

Search intent is a big part of SEO (search engine optimization). When we do keyword research here at Smart Blogger, figuring out the keyword phrase’s intent is one of the first things we do. It shapes our headline, meta description, introduction, word count, and more.

Taking the time to analyze the results in Google so you have a solid handle on why people enter the particular query your blog post will be targeting is time well spent. Figure out the intent, and then make sure your intro matches it.

Writing Your First Blog Post

You’ve got the technical and practical tidbits down — now it’s time to write your very first blog post. And nope, this isn’t the space to introduce yourself and your new blog (i.e. “Welcome to my blog! This is the topic I’ll be covering. Here are my social media handles. Will you please follow?”).

But that’s not true. If you choose a general and highly searched topic that’s been covered by major competitors or more established brands, it’s unlikely that your post will rank on the first page of search engine results pages (SERPs). Give your newly born blog a chance by choosing a topic that few bloggers have written about.

1. Choose a topic you’re passionate and knowledgeable about.

Before you write anything, pick a topic for your blog post. The topic can be pretty general to start. For example, if you’re a company that sells a CRM for small-to-enterprise businesses, your post might be about the importance of using a single software to keep your marketing, sales, and service teams aligned.

For instance, if you’re a plumber writing your first post, you won’t yet write a post titled “How to Replace the Piping System in your Bathroom.” First, you’d write about modern faucet setups, or tell a particular success story you had rescuing a faucet before it flooded a customer’s house.

If you’re having trouble coming up with topic ideas, a good topic brainstorming session should help. In the post I’ve linked, my colleague walks you through a helpful process for turning one idea into many. Similar to the “leaky faucet” examples above, you would “iterate off old topics to come up with unique and compelling new topics.”

First Blog Post Ideas

The Difference Between [Niche Topic] and [Niche Topic], Explained by a [Niche Expert]
The 10 Best and Worst [Niche Tools] for [Niche Activity]
8 [Niche Activity] Common Mistakes (+ Ways to Fix Them)
9 Proven Tips for [Niche Activity]
Why We/I Switched from [Niche Tool] to [Niche Tool] (Comparison)
[Niche Tool] vs [Niche Tool]: Which [Tool] is Best for You?
The Ultimate Roundup of [Niche Activity] Tips and Tricks

2. Target a low-volume keyword to optimize around.

Finding a keyword with low searches in Google (we recommend sticking to about 10 to 150 monthly searches). These topics offer less competition and should therefore allow your new blog post to rank more easily.

When you run this term through the tool, a list of related keywords will appear. Scan the list and choose one with a lower search volume. For this example, we’ll use “under sink plumbing” (1.4K monthly searches).

3. Google the term to understand your audience’s search intent.

If someone is looking for “plumbing problems under a kitchen sink,” they might be looking for a tutorial, a diagram, an article, or a product that can fix the issue. If they’re looking for the first three, you’re good — that can be covered in a blog post. A product, however, is different, and your blog post won’t rank.

Google the term and look at the results. If other articles and blog posts rank for that term, you’re good to go. If you only find product pages or listicles from major publications, then find a new topic to cover in your first post.

Upon Googling the term, we found product carousels, product pages from Home Depot and Lowes, and guides written by major publications. (You’ll also want to avoid topics that have been covered by major publications, at least for now.)

TLDR; Before writing your first blog post about a low-volume topic, double-check the user intent by Googling the keyword. Also, don’t forget to take a look at who’s written about that topic so far. If you see a major brand, consider writing about another topic.

4. Find questions and terms related to that topic.

5. Come up with a working title.

Appropriate, right? The topic, in this case, was probably “blogging.” Then the working title may have been something like, “The Process for Selecting a Blog Post Topic.” And the final title ended up being “How to Choose a Solid Topic for Your Next Blog Post.”

See that evolution from topic, to working title, to final title? Even though the working title may not end up being the final title (more on that in a moment), it still provides enough information so you can focus your blog post on something more specific than a generic, overwhelming topic.

6. Create an outline.

Sometimes, blog posts can have an overwhelming amount of information — for the reader and the writer. The trick is to organize the info in a way so readers aren’t intimidated by length or amount of content. This organization can take multiple forms — sections, lists, tips — whatever’s most appropriate. But it must be organized!

Featured Resource: 6 Free Blog Post Templates

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What makes a good blog post?

It’s not enough just to answer someone’s questions — you also have to provide actionable steps while being engaging. For instance, your introduction should hook the reader and make them want to continue reading your post. Then, use examples to keep your readers interested in what you have to say.

1. Include H2s to arrange ideas.

2. Center your images.

3. Add alt text.

Image alt text allows search engines, like Google, to crawl and rank your blog post better than pages lacking the element. It also leads readers to your blog post if the keywords included are what they searched for in the first place.

Besides SERP features, image alt text is beneficial to readers by providing more accessibility. Image alt text allows people to better visualize images when they can’t see them, and with assistive technology, can be auditorially read aloud for people to enjoy.

4. Keep your sentences short and concise.

5. Use media with a purpose.

How to Write a Blog Post, Step 5: The Editing Part

Actually writing a blog post is hard. Editing a blog post is harder. Many people mistakenly assume that editing is simply striking through sentences that don’t work or fixing grammatical errors. Although sentence structure and grammar are both very important, editing is about seeing the piece as a whole and, sometimes, being willing to sacrifice words (and the hours it took to write them) for the sake of cohesion.

I won’t explicitly tell you to check your spelling and grammar – you should be doing that anyway. I will, however, offer some self-editing tips and suggestions on how to tighten up your writing so that it packs a punch and keeps your readers scrolling.

Avoid Repetition

Few things are more jarring to read than repetition of certain words or phrases. Once you’re done with the first draft of your blog post, read through it and check for words that can be replaced to avoid repeating yourself.

How to write a blog post avoid repetition

BONUS: Every writer has a “crutch” word or phrase. This is a word that, no matter how carefully they might try, the writer simply cannot help themselves from including in their work. Identify what your crutch word is, be vigilant, and make sure it doesn’t appear more often than it needs to.

Read Your Post Aloud to Check Flow

This is a trick that many writers learn in workshops. If a piece reads awkwardly out loud, it will probably read awkwardly in your reader’s mind. It might seem a bit weird, but force yourself to read your post aloud to check for wordy bottlenecks or contrived sentences. Find yourself struggling with the flow of a sentence? Rework it until it rolls off your tongue.

Have Someone Else Read Your Work

This is crucial for inexperienced or casual bloggers. Asking a friend or colleague to check your work isn’t an admission of weakness or a sign of failure – it’s a commitment to making your work as strong as it possibly can be.

How to write a blog post proofreading

Ideally, ask someone with editing experience to proof your work. Also, be sure that they understand you’re not looking for help spotting typos or grammatical errors (but if they do, great), but that you want to hear their thoughts on the flow of the piece and whether it makes sense structurally. Do your points come across well? Is your position on a contentious topic clear? Does the piece prompt the reader to think or challenge an existing belief? Is the advice you’re offering worth following? These are all questions that having another set of eyes read your work can help answer.

Keep Sentences Short and Paragraphs Shorter

Sentences should be as short as possible. They’re easier to read, making your audience’s job easier. Shorter sentences also reduce the likelihood of going off on tangents. For example, I recently came across a sentence in an opinion piece in Wired that had no fewer than seven subordinate clauses, an editorial sin of almost unimaginable magnitude.

Paragraphs should also be short and sweet. The shorter the paragraph, the more likely your readers are to keep going. The “rules” of paragraph structure have been bent a little since web-based publishing became the norm, but try to keep individual ideas isolated to their own neat, short little paragraph.

Accept That Your Blog Post Will Never Be Perfect

I’m not advocating for publishing sloppy work, nor am I saying you shouldn’t be obsessive about the details. I am saying, however, that even the best blog posts could always be better, but time is always against us. Again, unless you’re Seth Godin, you probably need to publish more than one post a month, so agonizing over every post will sap you of the desire to write and waste precious time – not to mention likely to incur the wrath of your editor or content manager.

Don’t Be Afraid to Make Cuts or Adapt on the Fly

You may have forgotten, but I originally included a section in the example outline for this post that dealt with optimizing blog posts for SEO. I fully intended to write this section, but when I looked at how my first draft was shaping up, I realized this was too substantial a topic to tackle in an already lengthy post. As a result, I made the decision to cut this section from the post altogether. I purposefully left the outline intact to demonstrate that you shouldn’t be afraid to make editorial decisions like this.

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That’s All She Wrote…

If there’s an aspect of writing a blog post that I didn’t cover, or you have specific questions about my process or anything generally blog-related, let me know in the comments – I’ll answer them as best I can.

Dan Shewan

Meet The Author

Dan Shewan

Originally from the U.K., Dan Shewan is a journalist and web content specialist who now lives and writes in New England. Dan’s work has appeared in a wide range of publications in print and online, including The Guardian, The Daily Beast, Pacific Standard magazine, The Independent, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and many other outlets.

References:

https://copyblogger.com/write-a-good-blog-post/
https://smartblogger.com/how-to-write-a-blog-post/
https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/how-to-start-a-blog
https://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2015/02/09/how-to-write-a-blog-post

5 Essay Services That Shouldn’t Be Trusted

Essay services are so numerous nowadays that it becomes difficult to find your way towards a decent choice. While there is no shortage of excellent services, they are often buried beneath a sea of sub-standard products or other that can be qualified as fraud or scam. It is easy to see why many students are quite wary of the market.

RatedByStudents website comes to address that exact problem, as our team of academic experts has had countless first-hand experiences with services of all kinds. Our goal is to avoid having students gamble with their time and money only to find out that it was all wasted. Today we will look at 5 college paper writing services that shouldn’t be trusted.

1. EssayTigers
A poorly informed customer service department is what struck us first when interacting with the company, as we were unable to find even basic information regarding the writers available. Our biggest problem, however, was with the writing itself as it displayed numerous mistakes when it came to grammar and word usage. It became quite clear that the writer hired was not a native speaker. What’s more, a severe lack of effort was also obvious – the resources used here were very elementary, and it only took us a few minutes to find something better. Prices are below average if you stick to the basics, yet they increase quickly when you add “extras” such as a plagiarism report when other websites offer them by default. Discounts are only available based on previous orders.

2. Edusson
This new and untested website offers no solid reason for you to pick it over those with a high rating in our reviews. While the concept of telling you more about the writers and assigning proven specialists to your field is the main selling point in theory, it is difficult not to stay skeptical regarding the validity of their claims. After all, we are talking about a company that claims to have gathered more than 1000 experts in only a few months.
Prices are also vaguely mentioned as “starting from $7.50”, while periodic coupon codes or at least a promo code for new customers are nowhere to be seen. All in all, things look quite shady for now.

3. PaperSmart
There are several aspects that should have you steer clear from this website. First of all, prices are displayed in quite a confusing manner, with discounts only being available to returning customers that have already spent at least 500$ on the website. This is always a measure that we disagree with, as we believe there should be something to suit newcomers on every site.

A big red flag here is the lack of information regarding the writers. While claims of excellence are made on basically any page, there is no proof offered to back that statement up; not only are there no biographies available, but samples are missing as well. We fail to see why someone having access to countless high-quality texts would not offer at least a few examples of what you can get from the service. There are very few customer reviews to be found online, meaning that you would be better off choosing proven services.

4. CollegePaper
The first impression is far from positive when it comes to collegepaper.org, as the website is quite cluttered and unpleasant to navigate. The habit of making big claims that are not proven can be seen here as well, as none of the accomplished writers mentioned are given a biography. Prices are also high when you can easily find more trustworthy services in the average price range – don’t trust the testimonials seen here.

5. FreshEssays
One of the biggest drawbacks here are the unusually high charges for extras – these are in fact commonly seen in default packages from many websites. It becomes quite difficult to approach a review, as the variation in prices and quality from one paper to the other is simply too high. This is because the services that you pay extra for are in the range of editing and proofreading, which can make a huge different in the final result.

Some effective advice concerning Edubirdie writing service in this review

EduBirdie.com is a writing service company that claims to be around for 3 years. However, I don’t know for sure if this is true because it is impossible to find something regarding this subject on the Internet.

So, I decided to write this review in order to give you some insight into this relatively young online writing service. In order to do so, I first did some research, as usual. During my research, I read some customer reviews that I found on the Internet and the testimonials on EduBirdie.com. In addition to this, I checked their website looking for some information regarding the prices, discounts and customer service. Do you want to know what I found out? Read on!

The Services

Edu Birdie states on its website that it provides writing services for college-level students. What’s interesting about them is the ordering process.

Customers have to place their orders to the registered writers. This is a good thing because it gives you the opportunity to interact with the eventual writer that will take care of your paper.

After you place the order, the writers will on it and in the end, it is up to you to decide who will write your essay. While this may sound really great, I must warn you that Edu Birdie has some writers that are not native English speakers, but the communication system may help you in this matter. Moreover, some reviews cited that this company also has unqualified writers.

If you manage to figure out which writer is best suited for your product, then you may have a chance to be satisfied with the final product. However, there are plenty of customers who felt disappointed, so I guess you will need a bit of luck too.

 

The Quality of the Services

While the feedback that I found on the Internet was mixed, I must say that it is really risky to order from this company. Although everyone stated that they received their papers with no delays, there were lots of complaints regarding the poor quality of the writing.

A customer, for example, complained about the fact that the essay he received was different from what he talked about with his chosen writer. It was full of compositional and grammatical errors, as well as spelling mistakes.

In addition to this, many former customers stated that their writers didn’t fully follow their instructions. I guess I was right to say that you may need a bit of luck when ordering from EduBirdie.com.

Regarding the customer support service, I found some people accusing the lack of responsiveness of this service, especially when they requested their papers to be revised because they were full of errors. I don’t know if they do this because they are tired of too many complaints, or only because they are really busy doing something else.

On the other hand, there are some former customers that were mainly satisfied with the papers they received, stating that they will continue to trust and order from EduBirdie.com.

 

The Pricing System

If you expect to find any promo code or coupon codes on this website, then you will be disappointed. The business model that this writing service uses does not have predetermined prices. Therefore, it is up to you and your writer to negotiate a fair price. However, discounts are out of the discussion.

 

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, ordering any kind of service from EduBirdie.com is quite risky because you don’t know if your writer will be a professional one or not. It’s like playing the Russian Roulette. So, you can give it a try only if you feel lucky enough.

New in depth evaluation of all apects of LawTeacher.net article writing firm

From the very beginning, LawTeacher.net was intended to assist give a bonus pair of hands to students who need paper composing, business features, curriculum vitae penning or thesis/dissertation consultation. We were really pleased by the wide variety of offerings they presented clients, and also the standard they always aim to provide. To conduct this evaluation, we put into use the articles from Law Teacher, their reports, and trial samples, but additionally of the ratings of LawTeacher company we found on a number of other websites. We additionally ordered a college-level report to see for personally the grade of standard that they supply. Keeping track of its score on every assessment web site, we will make an effort to identify if this company is free from harm to employ.

The Quality of the Options They Offer

The subject of our 4-page college article was in fact a thing straightforward to handle. But nevertheless, the grounds for us putting the request were for the reason that we desired to get an example of their user care. Because of that, we started out a live chat and asked the team. They replied right away, were especially professional and polite and it was obvious that they realized precisely what they were speaking about as they clarified our questions. We beforehand discovered the great deal of favorable review articles on their customer help; this is why we were already sort of ready for this outcome. And not merely were we extremely satisfied by the consumer support, but we additionally appreciate how the article appeared. It has no sentence mistakes or factual errors, so there wasn’t in fact any demand for a revision.

 

 The Client Workers

Many different times we looked at the consumer care of some organizations. We were replied by grumpy cats that merely realized what to tell us answered slowly or were being obscure. Every single time, we thought that they were prepared to log off the line and keep away from the bothersome customers that kept on annoying them. This wasn’t the situation for Law Teacher. The user aid employees were continuously polite with us and exceptionally patient irrespective of what we wanted. We questioned them some questions, and they at all times turned out to be on top of things – mainly because their answers were highly comprehensible and helpful. It’s no surprise that people continued praising their client team on many different examinations – they’re surely highly rated.

 

The Rates Plan

The pricing on LawTeacher are extremely fascinating when you compare it with the stage of grade that we gained. We spent $15 for a page which would commonly fall within the average. On the other hand, when put alongside our experience with this company, we consider this cost to be a real deal. Additionally, first-time consumers get 15% price reductions on their order while customers will get discount coupons or a promo code to enhance the order further.

 

 

In the end, we can state that we propose this company with all our heart. The team is well-prepared, the copywriters are highly proficient, and the costs are especially fine. It absolutely isn’t fraud or scam, since a document from them would undeniably generate you a fantastic score. Our status for LawTeacher is surely as a minimum “Superior.”

Review of 3 Most Affordable Essay Writing Services

University students frequently think about article writing options in regards to their tough college assignments. Have you truly thought of employing them for assist with scholarships, admissions, and personal statements? Although many consumer reviews and past customer testimonials usually tend to target research reports and articles, hardly any evaluate the admissions offerings section of college article writing websites.

That’s why numerous decide to obtain assistance with scholarship articles, personal statements, and admissions articles. There are a lot writing sites that supply guidance with this. But, how do you decide on? We can guide! We have examined testimonials, reviewed pricing, gone through consumer reviews, and accomplished alternative analysis. We’ve even checked with buyer reporting companies to figure out to make sure that that sites were not a fraud or scam.

Following a watchful review article of each individual freelance writing provider, we have decided that the following 5 businesses fulfill our rate criteria. If you feel missing and stressed by the admissions procedure, investigate the following 5 content and articles organizations.

  1. GrabMyEssay

University students looking entry into competing graduate schools ought to have a look at GrabMyEssay.com. They already have positive reviews of GrabMyEssay and a good track list for encouraging college students compose individual assertions that receive the awareness of acceptance committees. On the other hand, this isn’t the mainly area where they excel. They also present admissions and scholarship documents.

 

  1. Kibin

A lot of learners don’t have a lot of funds to sacrifice. This is among the list of major points we have them on our top 5 listing. Apart from doing wonderful work, they present wonderful rates and discounts, and you will find many favorable feedback on Kibin in the web. Therefore, college students in need of application and scholarship paper assistance can consistently rely on this firm to present a promo code or exceptional sale to build things a bit more affordable.

 

  1. EssayPro

Busy college seniors have a good deal happening. They’re studying for finals, preparing for graduation, going to schools, and normally doing work and getting involved in school events. In some instances stuff get put off, possibly forgotten about. One good thing is, this writing service does a crack work of taking care of immediate admissions desires and showing very good results, as stated in reviews of EssayPro. When you’ve got a scholarship piece of paper that’s scheduled inside of a day or two or an application paper that is drawing near its target date, consider this article writing provider.

 

Decision

Every one of these firms has a proven record of getting optimistic college students the results they want. They supply helpful service and guide university students achieve their educational objectives. Numerous additionally offer extras which include discount coupons, helpful weblogs and essays, or elevated amount of user aid.

Learners who are interested in these features must do some research by themself. Even while each and every is definitely reliable and huge grade, each individual learner has unique demands. On the other hand, we are assured that practically virtually any university student can uncover an amazing admission offerings business outlined gave in this article.

Top 5 Services That Should Improve Their Quality

When considering opting for an essay writing website, the product quality together with the charges are the most vital aspects. You don’t wish to waste over a hundred bucks and end up with a worthless report and find yourself under the threat of failing the test.

That is why we made a decision to conduct a write up on several paper writing offerings found on the Net. We’re going to comment on the standard of the companies, prices and in addition on other criteria that could make you draft your essay all on your own instead of choosing this kind of provider.

Edusson

Every single time a web site avows that it can easily give you the highest quality papers you can find, it implies they’ve got some best quality people. Regretfully the latter isn’t correct. The customer feedback is really bad. Naturally, we’d to witness it for ourselves to trust it. And as a result, we purchased an essay.

And the material had plagiarized text – content ripped off from a random webpage. For that reason, if you decided to make use of that material, you would’ve been accused of plagiarism and in all likelihood suffered the outcomes.

WriteMyPaper4Me

We should’ve high-tailed it out of there as fast as we noticed the title of the company. The couple of testimonials are available on the web and the vast majority of them are bad. The fees end up being not realistic, given that the stated quality is just that – offered, but not achieved.

I mean, the content material on the site itself is terribly written! Also, italics are warranted here. You can easily spend as much as $100 more on content than you would pay on another website, with considerably higher standards.

ThesisHelp

User reviews of this “top quality” (spare me) website are pathetic. But what’s the reason? Don’t they have the “Low Possible Price”? What exactly is that even supposed to signify? Now, for the price-tags: all prices are in AUD. One can reside in Congo; you will also pay A$.

And there are no special discounts in any way. If you’ve got any difficulties with the costs as well as the essay you have obtained, don’t panic – no one will talk to you on the phone!

This is not a fraud or scam, but it is not far from either.

WritersPerHour

The feedback that we’ve located away from the web site let us know that this web site charges very high fees for an alarmingly poor job.

We aimed to find out whether it is a fact and well… It really is. You are able to proofread your order considerably better than they possibly will.

ThePensters

Do you see the first graphic on the home page? That is actually a picture of me when I’ve chosen this company and assumed doing a swan-dive from the World Trade Center. In the first place, it is destructive for the freelancers themselves, given that they are paid an identical amount of money for every page no matter what the type of essay is.

Additionally, the score from former consumers is bad. My overview was the lexical equivalent of the Mariana Trench, although I came to the conclusion the company’s not worth my concern. Very poor level of quality, and that’s an overstatement right there.

 

In a nutshell

The user comments speak the truth, and we urge you to study them ahead of purchasing something.

Story of Literature.”The Symbol around Walls” by Virginia Woolf

Modernism represents a concept, practice, unique give good results, discussion, or genre of fine art and literature that makes use of methods and ideas that happens to be not the same as the regular products. In literature, most writers and artists use this technique in order to sensitize readers to follow or seek new modes of expression rather than following the established traditions. They make an effort to energize readers in redefining standard things, beliefs and teachings in a very present day way. This old fashioned paper will pay high care about the investigation of methods modernism is manifested inside of fairly short adventure, “The Tag concerning the Wall” by Virginia Woolf.The storyline opens by explaining exactly how the narrator found a african american indicate, the very first time, by the white colored walls of her location. She was annoyed by the inclusion of that level, and even though she neglected to woke up and view it carefully, she were able to ascertain what received created it due to assessing its area (roughly six to 7 in . across the mantelpiece).

Using the location and appearance about this mark, she expected which it was developed by way of a nail which was employeed to encouragement small (vintage portraits which could be hanged regarding the wall structures of aged locations), that have been nestled by tenants who experienced busy that area prior to him (Virginia 1-2).In order to change their style of furniture, the narrator depicts an act of modernism when she stated that the earlier tenants left that old room, however. Although narrator is not going to make known design and style that these particular renters wanted, it truly is obvious they wished for upgraded designs rather than the common products.Aside from that, the simple article criticizes folks who fail to formulate their own unique creative ideas, and actually proceed with the suggestions or ideas of individuals. the narrator relates this case using the Whitaker`s family table of precedency, which depicts that everybody follows another person (Virginia 11). The narrator condemns such situations and describes them as bald, shallow and vagueness and airless worlds, which should not be lived in. instead, individuals should think spaciously, quietly and calmly and sink deeper and deeper from the surface, in order to separate facts from historical fictions. In this situation, the writer sensitizes her traffic to constantly identify the veracity (prove) of your condition before immediately after what has already been founded by other individuals.On top of that, the writer criticizes people that are not going to manipulate stuff, customs, and concepts which have been pre-well-known by their ancestors. According to the author, most people fail to embrace the changes that occur as time changes. Furthermore, this writer clarifies many of these emotions as incorrect, the ones which express very good ignorance of humanity. Yet, just exactly the same way people are speechless, powerless, and not capable of contemplating the things which are round them right after they will be created, and learn to talk and relocation eventually, guests also have to be confirmed in adopting the alterations are occurs in time. On top of that, the author negates generalization of behavior, and hails venue of reality. As one example, even though the narrator owned at the outset expected your symbol were definitely triggered by an iron nail, she rendered an endeavor of establishing the particular bring about (snail) by going close to it (Virginia 17).Verdict

It can be, consequently, apparent how the very short report displayed modernism in numerous methods. This creative design and style improves followers to develop new forms of concept, in contrast to being focused on the original models.

Story of Literature.”The Tag inside the Wall membrane” by Virginia Woolf

Man Ray, Virginia Woolf, Museum Ludwig, ML/F 1977/0618

Modernism denotes a reckoned, solution, ingenious efforts, conversation, or genre of talent and literature that employs ideas and methods that will be different to the traditional versions. In literature, most writers and artists use this technique in order to sensitize readers to follow or seek new modes of expression rather than following the established traditions. They try to energize readership in redefining old-fashioned things, beliefs and teachings inside up-to-date way. This old fashioned paper can pay high attention to the study of methods modernism is symbolized within the simple storyline, “The Level in the Wall” by Virginia Woolf.The story opens by presenting just how the narrator observed a dark indicate, initially, at the light wall of her room in your home. She was disrupted by the presence of that label, and although she pushed aside to awoke and appearance it meticulously, she managed to build what obtained prompted it with reviewing its establishment (about 6 to several ” higher than the mantelpiece). Around the appearance and location of the label, she imagined that it really is made by using a nail that had been useful to aid small (previous portraits which were hanged concerning the wall space of existing places), which in fact had been positioned by renters who got busy that living room earlier him (Virginia 1-2).However, the narrator depicts an act of modernism when she stated that the

earlier tenants left that old room in order to change their style of furniture. Although narrator does not reveal the kind that these renters sought, it really is noticeable that they wished modernized models rather than the old fashioned types.In addition, the fast tale criticizes individuals who forget to establish his or her own hints, and in lieu keep to the inspiring ideas or beliefs of other ones. the narrator relates this case using Whitaker`s dinner table of precedency, which depicts that everyone practices another person (Virginia 11). In order to separate facts from historical fictions, the narrator condemns such situations and describes them as bald, shallow and vagueness and airless worlds, which should not be lived in. instead, individuals should think calmly, spaciously and quietly and sink deeper and deeper from the surface. In such a case, the author sensitizes her target audience to consistently determine the reality (demonstrate) on the issue before you start pursuing what had been well established by people.Also, the author criticizes people who are not going to influence stuff, tradition, and ideas who have been

pre-founded by their ancestors. According to the author, most people fail to embrace the changes that occur as time changes. Likewise, the creator relates to these thinking as imprecise, the ones which show substantial ignorance of humankind. Having said that, just much the same way citizens are speechless, powerless, and not capable of considering things that are near them soon after these are generally born, and find out how to talk and step as time passes, persons should also be calculated in embracing the modifications are appears gradually. On top of that, the author negates generalization of functions, and hails business of reality. As for instance, even though the narrator had at first imagined your mark appeared to be a result of an iron nail, she crafted an effort of building your lead to (snail) by transferring near it (Virginia 17).Realization

This is, due to this fact, noticeable which the fast article depicted modernism in numerous tactics. This creative vogue would help site visitors to produce new types of phrase, in contrast to centering on the original designs.

Record of Literature.”The Tag upon the Wall” by Virginia Woolf

Modernism refers to a assumed, procedure, innovative exercise, argument, or variety of fine art and literature that employs ideas and methods who are distinctive from the standard designs. In order to sensitize readers to follow or seek new modes of expression rather than following the established traditions, in literature, most writers and artists use this technique. They aim to promote readers in redefining ancient teachings, beliefs and things into a innovative way. This pieces of paper pays off higher than average awareness of the evaluation of methods modernism is represented within short tale, “The Symbol in the Wall” by Virginia Woolf.The storyplot starts up by explaining what sort of narrator witnessed a dark colored symbol, for the first time, relating to the bright white retaining wall of her space. She was disrupted by the existence of that level, and although she neglected to awakened and view it meticulously, she were able to create what suffered from created it by way of scrutinizing its venue (somewhere around half a dozen to seven inches across the mantelpiece). Through your location and appearance with this signature, she imagined that it was created by way of nail which has been used to structure and support little (unwanted portraits which could be hanged regarding the wall structures of out of date suites), which in fact had been placed by renters who suffered from busy that room or space until now him (Virginia 1-2).However, the narrator depicts an act of modernism when she stated that the earlier tenants left that old room in order to change their style of furniture. Although the narrator does not reveal the fashion these tenants required, it can be noticeable that they will wished upgraded designs as opposed to the basic models.On top of that, the simple history criticizes people who fail to expand their own unique strategies, and alternatively proceed with the points or views of individuals. the narrator relates this situation making use of Whitaker`s dinner table of precedency, which depicts that everybody comes after an individual (Virginia 11). In order to separate facts from historical fictions, the narrator condemns such situations and describes them as bald, shallow and vagueness and airless worlds, which should not be lived in. instead, individuals should think spaciously, calmly and quietly and sink deeper and deeper from the surface. In this case, the author sensitizes her visitors to persistently establish the reality (prove) to the conditions just before subsequent to what has already been started by individuals.Plus, the article author criticizes those that are not determined to keep control of issues, cultures, and ideas that have been pre-identified by their forefathers. Most people fail to embrace the changes that occur as time changes, according to the author. Also, the creator describes these kind of emotions as wrong, and people which show higher ignorance of mankind. Nevertheless, just exactly the same people are speechless, powerless, and not capable of thinking about the things which are somewhere around them just after they may be given birth to, and understand how to converse and relocation in time, some individuals should also be discovered in adopting the alterations are arises in time. As well as, the writer negates generalization of actions, and hails place of certainty. For example, though the narrator enjoyed at first expected that your sign was brought on by an iron nail, she crafted an effort of developing the contribute to (snail) by moving along next to it (Virginia 17).Judgment

Its, so, evident your limited narrative represented modernism in numerous processes. This imaginative pattern enables viewers to build up new sorts of manifestation, in contrast to focusing on the regular designs.