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Making the Most of Your 3L Year

3L is a funny time.  It’s a transition period.  By 3L, you no longer feel that law or law school is new or novel.  You feel impatient to “get school over with” and start working.  But you’re not allowed to practice law yet, and you must wait nearly a year to even take the bar. So, what to do with this time? 3L may be an awkward year, but there are still lots of things you can do to make the most of this time!  It’s a great year to explore and have fun, form good habits for the future,…

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Susan Smith Blakely

The Gap Year and How It Affects Women Lawyers

The recent announcement by the White House that Malia Obama will be taking a year off after high school graduation before starting at Harvard University in the Fall of 2017 has drawn fire from critics, as you might expect --- because everything that is remotely connected to politics draws fire these days.  The critics are lined up on social media either asserting that "gap years" are for the wealthy only and, therefore, should be shunned or that Malia is failing to get on with adulthood.  Both arguments seem crazy to me. For one thing, taking a year off before starting…

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Riding the Tech Wave:  A Chat with Information Privacy Law Champion Sona Makker (Part 1)

A large number of the world’s citizens are grateful for the conveniences spawned from the technology revolution. On occasion (of course while in the midst of sharing personal information on a smartphone or tablet in order to fill out a survey, download yet another “app” or to shop online), many of us have occasionally pondered “where does my personal information really go?” and “is this really safe?” Few federally-mandated information privacy laws and regulations exist, although a number of states have passed their own legislative measures.  Consumer advocates have clashed with business and technology industry advocates over the need for increased information…

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Three Years, Two With Good Behavior: Halftime!

I am coming to the close of my first year of the two-year program I am in and decided it was a good time to reflect on the year as a whole and give final pointers. The 2-year program is an amazing fast track to your career. If you’re fortunate to know that you definitely want to be a lawyer a 2-year option gives you the chance to accomplish that. If you walk into law school knowing for sure the type of field you want to practice in then a 2-year program is a great place to get you to…

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Confessions of a General Counsel:  It’s Not All About The Law

It's not all about the law. All of us know this truth, but it is easy to lose its thread when we're lawyering. There are many reasons to stray outside of the legal arena. We add more value to our clients when we speak their language. We create more opportunity for ourselves when we welcome new pursuits. Plus, the reason that perhaps resonates most loudly is this: we can grab goodness and have some plain old fun.   Looking for a way to take a detour from piles of to-do lists, case law and legislation?  Here are three time-tested suggestions. STAY…

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Kellyn McGee

Turning the Page: Service, Supreme

This spring has been busy for Zandrill, Kayley, and Savannah Law School.  On April 14, the Supreme Court of Georgia held a special session at the school, hearing argument in two local cases.  Our Supreme Court travels annually to a courthouse, including those at law schools, outside Atlanta to allow citizens to watch the court preside.  Savannah Law School was fortunate to host the justices and to have them dedicate our building.  In November 2012, we moved into a building with two finished floors and endured construction on the two floors above us for a few months. We also had…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending May 20, 2016

Katie Slater, lawyer-turned-career-coach gives her best job hunting tips for recent graduates. Reviewers will find more spelling errors in your writing if they think you're black. David Lat discusses four concrete ideas for improving diversity and inclusion in Biglaw and the overall legal profession. The Washington Bar Association awards Attorney General Loretta Lynch the Charles Hamilton Houston Medallion of Merit. Amy Elisa Jackson discusses "7 Things to Do With a Mentor That *Don’t* Include Coffee or Lunch." Ashley Fletcher is a Class of 2018 student at Seton Hall University School of Law. During the summer of 2015, Ms. Fletcher interned…

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Student to Lawyer, Stuck in the Middle: Graduation

I was really hoping to be able to tell everyone whether or not I passed the bar exam but alas Michigan still has not released their results. With my luck they will be released the day after I publish this blog and then I will have to wait a whole month. On a much happier note it is graduation season! I remember how excited I was to be done with law school and starting a new adventure. Since all of the May graduates are now approaching where I started blogging in January feel free to go back to my blog…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Money Matters: 2016 Millennial Lawyer Survey Results Millennials don't care about money? That's not true for Millennial lawyers according to our survey. Compensation was the top reason Millennial lawyers left firms and a top contributor to job satisfaction. Earlier this year, I partnered with Ms. JD and Above the Law on a survey of Millennial lawyers. The online survey was open to lawyers who were born in 1980 or after. The survey received approximately 600 responses. Although certain questions only applied to specific situations, questions generally received at least 250 responses. Katie Larkin-Wong and I presented key findings from the survey at the…

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Not fLAWless but Fearless: Here Comes the Sun

Where did the time go? Four months ago, I was on a short winter break after having just finished my first round of law school exams. Now here I am, in the midst of tackling the second round. But I’ll be completely honest – I’m also preoccupied with thoughts of what this summer and next year hold. Last week I registered for classes for the next academic term, and I was excited to get a seat in all of the ones that I needed. Required subject matter for next year includes Constitutional Law as well as Evidence. Other classes that it…

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That Pre-Law Millennial: 10 Tips to Succeed at your Summer Internship

Confession: This is a "recycled" post! I wrote the following two summers ago, for a Reflection Project that I submitted to the Center for Career Education at Columbia University. (I spent the summer of 2014 as a Graduate Recruitment Intern at the Hong Kong office of Clifford Chance LLP—an opportunity offered through the Columbia Experience Overseas Program.) In any case, I hope that my fellow pre-law readers will find the following tips helpful, especially since "summer internship season" is coming up soon! Check out the original document at this link, and please let me know what you think in the…

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Supporting Women In The Law

The first woman Presidential candidate ran for office in 1872. The next female contender didn’t come along until about a hundred years later, when women had already secured the right to vote for over half a century. Predictably, neither of these women won a single electoral vote. Even though I knew these facts, I was still shocked when, on a recent trip to Disney World’s “Hall of Presidents,” I saw 43 animatronic versions of men appear on the stage, representing the 43 men who have served as President of the United States. It was one thing to know that we…

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Your Brain, Law School, and Law Practice: The Lure of Truthiness

A decade ago, the comedian Steven Colbert invented the word “truthiness,” a word that means “truth that comes from the gut, not books” and “the quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, rather than concepts of facts known to be true.” Truthiness encapsulates how humans often make decisions – motivated by a gut feeling and then backtracking, if pushed, to justify the conclusion.  We often arrive at the answer we want to be true, sometimes at the expense of the answer that is supported by the evidence.   Our brain has developed many tricks to help us…

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Soldier On: Boot Camp to Law School—Time for Those Pre-Combat Inspections

  The beginning of summer is the perfect time for law students to conduct pre-combat inspections (PCI). Pre-combat inspections are a management tool that the Army uses to make sure that every soldier brings to battle every piece of required equipment, every time. And importantly, PCIs ensure the equipment is in proper working order. Pre-combat inspections consist of soldiers physically laying out for inspection each item of equipment they will need for a mission. The inspections are often highly regimented with detailed checklists and completed according to a prescribed layout diagram. For instance, soldiers may be assigned a 5 x…

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New Clerk on the Block: Feeling Like a Fraud?

“The beauty of the impostor syndrome is you vacillate between extreme egomania and a complete feeling of: ‘I’m a fraud! Oh God, they’re on to me! I’m a fraud!’ So you just try to ride the egomania when it comes and enjoy it, and then slide through the idea of fraud.” – Tina Fey I’ve mentioned that the clerkship application process can be somewhat serendipitous, and I’ve encouraged you to embrace that unpredictability (rather than letting it drive you crazy). I’ve re-learned firsthand this month that things always find a way of falling into place, even at the last minute.…

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