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mlbrown

The 2017 Ms. JD Fellowship Application is Now Open!

The Ms. JD Fellowship, one of our most popular programs, is now open for applications! In 2010, Ms. JD partnered with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession to found the Ms. JD Fellowship.  The Fellowship is Ms. JD's program to promote mentoring and professional development.  Each spring, Ms. JD selects a group of outstanding second year law students as Fellowship recipients.  In addition to receiving financial support and invitations to ABA and Ms. JD events, each Fellowship recipient is paired with a mentor chosen from among the Brent Award honorees, Spirit of Excellence Award recipients, and ABA Commission on Women in…

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tammyzhu

Join the Conversation:  Who Competes Against Us and What to Do About It?

Recent research reveals that we know who at work likes us, but not who competes against us.  One study surveyed sales associates at a car dealership, where the sales associates cooperated in bringing in customers and making handoffs when needed, but also competed against each other for sales.  Each salesperson was asked questions to measure their feelings of liking, e.g. “How much do you like each of your colleagues?”  Each salesperson was also asked questions to measure their feelings of competition, e.g. “How much do you see each of your colleagues as a rival?”  Finally, each salesperson was asked questions…

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Delania

Drive Your Journey: Preparing for the Road Ahead

When you are considering a change or otherwise facing change, there are typically multiple avenues to consider. You should prepare for any change by vetting the possibilities to the extent possible. There are five actions that you can take to prepare for change: 1. Consider your childhood passions. Your childhood passions can inform your adult career decisions. This is not a suggesting that you become an “arts and crafts” professional. However, it appears that basic interests tend to remain. If you liked to be creative as a child, you may pursue a role that allows for more creativity. If you…

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gennieantono

Ms. JD Pre-Law: Interview with Elina Tetelbaum, Corporate Associate at Wachtell Lipton

Our interview today is with Elina Tetelbaum, a Corporate Associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Elina graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and Yale Law School, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Yale Journal on Regulation and editor of the Yale Law Journal, and was a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow for New Americans. After law school, Elina clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Hello Lina! Thanks so much for joining us on the Ms. JD Pre-Law blog! I've heard you speak about your experience as a corporate lawyer…

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vatsaleisha

Take Two: The Journey to Retaking the Bar—Limbo

Four months of studying are finally over. The days that followed consisted of cleaning my room of all things related to the bar, outlines and papers that scattered the floor and desk. I didn’t realize the mess I lived in the last two weeks prior until I began cleaning. While I don’t normally like talking about exams, I do want to mention one thing. Every person who saw me mentioned my first blog post and their views, prompting a discussion. Many of these people I haven’t seen since we graduated. It made me happy because I succeeded. People are talking…

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jjembapa

Failure Turned Inside Out: Understanding the Game—Not Allowing the Failure Consume You

Name: Kiera Potter Professional Title: Assistant Solicitor for the City of Atlanta Law School: University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law Years Practicing Law: 2 years Sector: Government Specialization: Criminal Law and Prosecution Real life family experiences thrust her into the legal realm. While her interest in becoming a lawyer sparked when she was a teenager, Kiera Potter never really thought she would become one. In fact, she thought she was going to be a psychologist. It was not until some real life family experiences thrust her into the legal realm that Kiera was able to fully comprehend the difference an attorney can truly have…

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greg-antono

Pre-Law Opportunity: Summer 2017 Internship with ABA Standing Committee on Law & National Security

Hi Ms. JD Pre-Law! Here's an internship opportunity at the American Bar Association that you might want to check out: What? The Standing Committee on Law and National Security conducts studies, sponsors programs and conferences and administers working groups on law and national security related issues. These activities assist policymakers, educate lawyers, the media and the public, and enable the committee to make recommendations to the American Bar Association governing body. The committee is hiring interns to assist in conducting research and drafting memos on issues including terrorism, cybersecurity, surveillance and homeland security. Responsibilities include attending meetings and programs, as well as hearings on…

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LovelyLadyLaw7

A Word on the Use of “That,” “Of,” and Variants of “It is”

As a judicial clerk, I quickly learned I enjoyed using the word "that."  I also apparently enjoyed using the word "of."  How do I know this?  My co-clerks, who were assigned the task of initially editing the drafts of judicial opinions I had written, weren't as crazy about those words and expressed their preference with red circles to indicate deletion.  In other words, those were words commonly edited out of my drafts (and for good reason).  For my part, I tried to avoid the construction "it is" or "there are" when not referring to an actual antecedent and partook in some circling…

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cwnimaroff

Isn’t It Time To Teach the Nuts and Bolts of Business Development?

Business development is the bedrock to sustaining a profitable entity; yet, law firms rarely teach these skills. A common thread that strings together this rare breed of "rainmakers" is that they are creative, innovative thinkers who purposefully learn the nuances of the businesses of their potential clients; and, are both good listeners and conversationalists. They are professional, persistent, and perceptive problem-solvers. Not to be minimized, all business developers commit a substantial amount of personal, out-of-office time to building and deepening relationships. It is a truism, that a client service business will cease to exist without clients. With over thirty years’…

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susiejean5

Part-time Law, Full-time Life: Talking About Nothing ... Says it All

When I started class in the fall of 2015, I stopped eating dinner with my husband. I stopped going to the grocery store, making breakfast, or meeting friends for happy hour. On one hand, I was saving money and realizing I was eating too much, but on the other hand I stopped interacting with my husband and socializing with friends and coworkers. My weekends were consumed with reading for civil procedure and torts and when I finished the assigned readings I opened my mountain of supplements in the hope I could fit more information in my brain before I crashed at…

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gennieantono

Ms. JD Pre-Law: Interview with Monica Parks, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator at the NY City Bar

Today’s interview is with Monica Parks, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator at the New York City Bar Association. Monica graduated from the University of Maryland College Park in 2014, with a B.A. in English Language and Literature. Hi Monica! I’ve seen your name in New York City Bar Association emails for the last two years, so I was really excited to finally meet you in-person at the “Launching Your Career” seminar series! How and when did you decide to pursue a role in Diversity and Inclusion?  Monica: I started working at the City Bar as an assistant in the Executive Director’s…

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shantibrien

Implicit Bias: Lessons from a Mock Trial

Two white men and two black men walk into a courtroom….This is not the beginning of a bad joke but rather the start of a true story about implicit bias.  I was honored to be judging in the final tournament of a national mock-trial competition. In the mock-trial the plaintiff and the defendant each had two attorneys: one white attorney and one black attorney. As each spoke, I judged them on pre-set criteria like use of case law, presentation, questions to the witnesses, and handling the judges questions.  At the end, I ranked the attorneys.  Relying on my general impressions…

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bg3orge

Family Planning in Law School and Beyond

“So, when are you going to have another baby?” As innocent as that question often is, I honestly cringe when I hear it. I cringe because it is a very personal question. But, I cringe more because I know that it requires a response that is more involved than most people realize they are about to get. Even in the days of social media, where people know what you ate for dinner the night before, people often fail to recognize or too quickly forget that I have some major, competing aspects of my life. I have dual dreams: one of being a…

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nicolemoriniere

Six Months In: Looking back on half a year in legal tech

Exactly six months ago, I had recently moved to London and had just started my job working for a legal tech startup. I've been reflecting on the past six months I've now spent working in this new sector and the lessons I've learned during that time. I learned that not all your career steps need to be meticulously planned. I was always told that you often don't end up where you expected to. While I was in law school I was not even aware of the legal tech sector, let alone considering working in it. I was focused on traditional legal…

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fhg14CnXLS

Ms. Pre-JD: Becoming a Frequent-Applier

Around this time in the year is when, as a pre-law student, I really start feeling the pressure. If you don’t know why this is, I imagine you haven’t delved headfirst into the pre-law internship search yet! The excitement at seeing a posting, even an unpaid one, from a major law firm is always tempered five minutes later with irritation at the words “Marketing Intern”, or “Accounting Intern”. Even so, I do have a list of places that I usually try when on the hunt for an internship. While you are probably not going to get paid (in money) for the…

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