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Heather Asher

Press Release:  Election of New Board Member Akunna Cook

Katie Larkin-Wong, Chair of Ms. JD’s Board of Directors, announced that the Board unanimously voted to appoint Akunna Cook to the Board.  "Akunna brings a wealth of experience to Ms. JD's Board," Katie stated regarding Akunna joining the Ms. JD Board.  "We were impressed by her commitment to fostering diversity, her past success promoting institutional change to remove barriers to women's promotion in the foreign service, and her international experiences. We are excited to welcome her to the team." Akunna graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Howard University and has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy…

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CaraLChristian

NWLSO Programming Needs? Give Bootcamp a Try!

Having trouble developing programs for your chapter of NWLSO? Borrow a page from the playbook of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Women Law Students' Association (WLSA) and host a skills "boot camp" for your law school community!  Last year, WLSA hosted its inaugural Spring Bootcamp: a three-day program designed to fine-tune members' professional skills and equip them for their future endeavors. Co-chaired by members Cara Christian and Jenna Verity, with strong support from WLSA President Kristina Keffeler, the program consisted of three events: Legal Applications 411, What Not to Wear, and Women Advancing in the Law. Students, attorneys and administrators alike remarked…

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Janet

A Firm of Their Own: Mikayla Kellogg and Kelly Van Aken

I've been following the law firm of Toscano Kellogg & Van Aken since the firm launch, not only because the partners were law school classmates of mine, but because it's wonderful to watch two smart, dynamic women (along with their male partner, Eric) pave a new path for themselves. It also helps that they have beautiful branding--ever since going through the Ms. JD re-branding process, I have a newfound appreciation for a good brand! I asked Mikayla Kellogg and Kelly Van Aken to tell us what it was like to take the leap from BigLaw and give us some insight on the challenges and rewards of building…

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pegcheng

Choosing Law Schools

When it comes to law schools, there are so many great choices. How do you even begin narrowing it all down? In this post, I hope to shed some light on how to choose law schools that will be a good match for you. HOW MANY SCHOOLS SHOULD I APPLY TO? I recommend applying to six to eight law schools. You could apply to fewer or more, but if you’re applying to more than ten schools, you should take a close look at whether you are serious about attending every one of your schools or if you’re just applying for…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Pre-Law Event in DC - Decision Point: Law School

Is law school the right move for you? Whether you’re just starting to explore the option of law school, or you’re planning to apply in the near future this panel event will provide valuable insight into the law school admissions process, the realities of law school, and what life as a lawyer looks like in today’s economy. On September 9, 2014, Ms. JD and George Washington University School of Law will host Decision Point: Law School. You’ll have the opportunity to have your pre-law questions answered directly by admissions officers, law students, and attorneys. The panel will be followed by…

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kaitlinbutler

How to Manage Your Student Loans as a New Lawyer

Congratulations! You've tackled the bar exam, and you've already started (or are about to start) your first job. You still have many exciting challenges ahead, but one you can deal with today is the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in student debt you have. While there’s no quick fix to eliminating this debt, you can take a few steps now to save thousands over the life of your loans and save valuable time dealing with your lenders this fall. Start by making sure everything is in order with your loan servicers.  This includes updating your contact information (in…

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hjohnson1

Journey to Law School-Taking the First Steps

It's been a crazy ride to find myself ending up here...pursuing the law school journey. The crazier thing is, its not just me, but two journeys collide! My husband and I are both planning on attending law school next Fall together! As I begin to take the steps that so many others have taken in pursuit of a law career, questions flood my mind. "How will we be prepared?" "What school should I attend?""How will we sort out funding and living arrangements?" "Am I using the right resources to prepare for the LSAT?" "How will we end up being accepted…

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sjachion

Free Money: Scholarship Opportunities for Minority Law Students.

You decided to go to law school and now you’re in. You check your school’s tuition and see that the cost of attendance is rising and the price tag looks like a nightmare. The cost of a juris doctorate is steep and with future graduates facing job uncertainties in a tough legal market, the financial burden of law school can be daunting. While accepting mountains of debt is a tough decision to make, it is one that could be made less difficult if funding were more accessible. To help reduce the cost of law school, there are a number of…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Pre-Law: Insights from the Ms. JD Board Recap Part II

Ms. JD's second online pre-law event took place last night as a group of the Ms. JD Board of Directors shared their pre-law insights in a Google Hangout! In case you missed it, you can check out the YouTube video below to catch up!  Miss Part I? Catch up here!  If you're looking for more pre-law advice be sure to download Ms. JD's Pre-Law Prep Guide, follow along on Twitter @msjdtweets, and join us next week for our Twitter Chat on Thursday, August 28th at 2pm ET to share your pre-law experiences!

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Linda_M

Deconstruct to Become You: The Path to Professional Transformation

Whether you are 25 years old and fresh out of law school or 65 with forty plus years of life and professional experiences behind you, the path to professional reentry or transformation often requires a deconstruct: an uncomfortable period of questioning traditional assumptions about identity, what it means to be a lawyer, and how best to make a meaningful contribution and/or simply make a living. And, at the risk of discouraging you from reading further, characterizing this stage as “uncomfortable” may in fact be a gross understatement. Law school taught us to identify, research, and analyze complex legal issues; to…

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Cameron Rhudy

The Artful Lawyer: Mary Wenzel of Write Law

This month I am very excited to introduce you to Mary Wenzel, J.D., founder of Write Law based in San Diego, California. Write Law helps law firms market their services through legal ghostwriting (legal website content and blogging) and DIY legal marketing courses. When I stumbled upon Write Law I was immediately interested in Mary’s story and how, through Write Law, she has creatively merged the areas of law, writing, marketing, technology, and teaching into a niche business. I am truly grateful that Mary took the time to participate in this interview and I hope you find her as inspiring…

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pegcheng

Do You Need a Diversity Statement?

Diversity is important to all law schools. Why? Because law schools want to foster a rich learning environment. You cannot have a rich learning environment if you do not have different perspectives, backgrounds, experiences and philosophies contributing to the dialogue, debate and discussion in each class. Having a diverse student body is a benefit to all law students. That said, I highly recommend that you think hard about whether you have any diversity factors, and if you do, write a diversity statement. NOTE: If the law school does not specifically ask for a diversity statement, contact the admissions office to…

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PowerScoreTestPrep

6-Week Study Plan for the LSAT

Did you realize that there are six weeks left until the next LSAT? If you are planning on taking this test you should probably start thinking about a study plan if you haven't done so already. Six weeks is a bit on the shorter side as far as study plans go, but it’s doable provided you can devote at least 15-20 hours/week towards LSAT prep. Be realistic – if you are a full-time student or work full time, chances are you cannot spend every waking hour doing Logic Games or Logical Reasoning questions. Nor should you have to; although the…

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Paramjit

Discover 3 Secrets to Becoming A Rainmaker: So You Can Chart The Course For Success In Your Practice

Dear Ms. JD, Imagine taking a leap forward in your practice in just a few hours. Imagine cutting away months of hesitations and false starts. What if you could find simple cost effective solutions to bring in better clients without breaking the bank?  Imagine your stress levels going down. What would that world look like for you? Let me share the good news: It IS possible for you to increase your revenues without breaking the bank account or reinventing the wheel. How? Join me on my new FREE  training call – 3 Secrets To Successful Rainmaking – exclusively for attorneys who are…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Pre-Law: Insights from the Ms. JD Board Recap Part I

Ms. JD's first online pre-law event took place last night as a group of the Ms. JD Board of Directors shared their pre-law insights in a Google Hangout! In case you missed it, you can check out the YouTube video below to catch up!  Ms. JD's pre-law programming continues Wednesday, August 20th at 8pm ET as another group of Board Members reflects back on their pre-law and law school experiences.  If you're looking for more pre-law advice be sure to download Ms. JD's Pre-Law Prep Guide, follow along on Twitter @msjdtweets, and join us next week for our Twitter Chat on Thursday, August 28th at 2pm ET to share your pre-law…

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