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The Journey: Writing Tips

From the moment we learn to write our names as children to the moment we take the essay portion of the bar exam and begin writing memos for clients, writing is an omnipresent activity that follows us through life. For some, writing is a delightful hobby and for others it’s a dreaded chore but either way, writing is vital to succeeding in law school and beyond. I’ve always loved to write. I recently found an old diary of mine from when I was ten years old. I vented into its pages my frustrations of having to share a room with…

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Ms. JD Pre-Law: Interview with Amy Flanagan Bogle, Director of Human Resources at Clifford Chance US

Today's interview is with Amy Flanagan Bogle, Director of Human Resources at Clifford Chance US LLP. Clifford Chance is a truly global law firm, with offices in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. Hi Amy, thank you so much for joining us on the Ms. JD Pre-Law blog! To start, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Where did you grow up, what did you study at university, and how did you decide on a career in HR and law firm management? Amy: I grew up outside DC in suburban Maryland, the youngest of seven. I…

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JaneeTLegal

A Review of The FBA—Tampa Bay Chapter’s “Staying in the Game: Getting to the Top.”

When you walk to any corner of the University Club of Tampa, you're immediately struck by the beauty of a sun-kissed Hillsborough River. You're eye-level with a helicopter, and a bit further off you spot a sailboat.  The beauty of Tampa isn't lost on me at that moment and being surrounded by a room full of 100 plus successful attorneys and judges; you get a sort of invigorated feeling. I'd like to tip my hat at this moment to all of those who put on such a great event.   I'll start by saying that overall, I thought the program…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Why Women Lawyers Leave Firms:  Astonishing New Statistics

Why do women lawyers leave? I have been pondering, speaking about and writing about this issue for a decade.  It is fundamental that, before we can try to fix our profession with solutions like lateral hiring, mergers and expanding into new markets, we must delve deep into the roots of the attrition problems. For years it was hard to get law firm management to talk about the high rates of attrition for women lawyers.  For many of those years, new law graduates were plentiful, and it was a buyers' market.  That all changed with the Great Recession and the fall…

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rachel-bird

Working Women Advocates

I’m Rachel Bird, the founder of Working Women Advocates. After Susan Fowler’s groundbreaking article about her year at Uber went viral, it seemed like there was a paradigm societal shift. People are now, more than ever, willing to admit and discuss at length the hardships women face in the workplace. I not only want to join that discussion, I want to change it. Like Susan Fowler, my experiences in the workplace inspired me to reflect on the hardships I faced as a professional woman. As a software developer, my reflections have taken a different form – a web app called Working…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Chats Recap: A Firm of Her Own

April marks the month that most women catch up to their male colleagues' salaries for the prior year. For this year's equal pay day, Ms. JD talked to women who have not only achieved equal pay, they are running their own firms as part of doing so. Moderated by Ms. JD Board Emeritus, Janet Wallace, if you have ever dreamed of launching your own firm, you will not want to miss this conversation with Amanda Green Alexander! Watch below to learn more about the path to firm leadership and practical advice for hanging out your own shingle. Thank you to the Commission…

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kamya96

NYC BAR “Launching Your Career” Week 5: Resume-Writing and Mock-Interview Workshop

On Wednesday March 29th, pre-law students participated in the fifth and final installment of New York City Bar’s “Launching Your Career” seminar series: Resume-Writing and Mock-Interview Workshop at Jenner & Block LLP. We heard from their legal recruiter, two partners and two associates at the firm, on some key advice around interviewing at a law firm: How to prepare: The role you are applying for may have many facets to it. Don’t take it at face value (as written on the job posting), rather research and get a sense for what the interviewer may be looking for outside of the…

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Accommodations for Nursing Mothers

This post is a little late because I am in Scottsdale, Arizona for the Federal Bar Association's 42nd Annual Indian Law Conference. A few things to note about Indian Law conferences: Women bring their children to conferences Nursing accommodations are offered for conference attendees Children are exposed to, and involved in, Indian law and policy ​All of these things are incredibly important, but the one that stands out to me, and that I want to talk about right now is the nursing accommodations offered for mothers. ​Nursing Accommodations The Federal Bar Association sent out detailed emails each day of the conference,…

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Jmnakamoto

You’ll Move Mountains, Kid: Just Be Your Beautifully, Flawed-Self in All That You Do!

When I initially applied for law school, I had a hard time coming up with something to focus on for my personal statement. Of course, there were the typical formats like “why did you want to go to law school” or “why do you think you’d be a great lawyer” that were suggested to all applicants. But I had a better, deeper, and more quality story to share that would answer all of those questions, but without directly answering them. It paid off. In fact, it paid off so well that I was granted a unique scholarship, which was only…

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LovelyLadyLaw7

A Word on the Use of Third Person Pronouns

To use a pronoun or not to use a pronoun.  That is the question.  (Or at least it should be.)  People love their pronouns not only in writing (whether legal or otherwise) but also in conversation.  The problem, however, is that, although pronouns are generally valuable as shortcuts, they are also inherently ambiguous when the reader or the listener can't be certain about the intended antecedent of a pronoun.  For example, I can't count the number of times I've left a conversation feeling confused about the meaning of a pronoun (not to mention the number of times I've had to ask the…

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Pre-Law Q&A: Evelyn Mau, Pre-Law Senior at Hunter College

In this “Pre-Law Q&A” series, Ms. JD Pre-Law speaks to pre-law students around the country. Joining us today is Evelyn Mau, a Class of 2017 undergraduate majoring in linguistics and rhetoric, and Chinese literature at Hunter College, The City University of New York. Hello Evelyn! Thank you for taking the time to chat with the Ms. JD Pre-Law blog. To start, can you tell us a bit about yourself—for instance, where did you grow up, and what are you majoring in? Evelyn: Thank you for the invite! I was born and raised in Brooklyn by first-generation Chinese immigrants. My parents…

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nicolemoriniere

Winding Career Paths: Managing Risk and Uncertainty

One of my favorite sayings is that you should be stubborn about goals, but flexible about your methods. I love this idea but I've found that I have to interpret it correctly for it to be helpful.  In terms of career goals, I've interpreted this to mean being stubborn about certain fundamental and underlying aspects of what I want out of my career, such as a career that is purposeful, that matches my interests and skills, and that affords me a certain level of independence and flexibility. I used to focus on specific positions as my goals, which was a mistaken approach…

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The Legal Content Curator: How Does Neil Gorsuch Approach Legal Questions?

Neil Gorsuch, the U.S. Supreme Court nominee slated to replace the late Justice Scalia, is no stranger to questions of life and death. His 2009 book, The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, looks carefully at the historical trajectory of the current movement in the United States for the right to die, and argues "that all human beings are intrinsically valuable and the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong." Gorsuch, who completed his doctoral degree in philosophy at Oxford, bases his argument on secular moral theory and common law. Much of Gorsuch's way of thinking about…

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Ms. Pre-JD: How Important is ‘Fun’?

At a panel hosted by the Columbia Undergraduate Law Review, I had a chance to hear from two attorneys and a law school student about their respective professional journeys. All three, unsurprisingly, commented that law school was challenging and fulfilling. They also all found that they owed their success to a degree of good fortune during their undergraduate, law school, or job searching years, something that I’m sure we all hope to experience. Surprisingly, though, they all also remarked that their undergraduate years could have done with more of one thing: Fun. Of course, different internships or classes may have…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Q: I’m a freshman in High School, and I want to prepare to become an attorney. I have already done a bit of research, but there are still a few questions that I have (below). A: Excellent! You are preparing early! Being a lawyer can be fascinating and rewarding. But it’s not as glamorous as media portrayals. As you progress in your education, learn about legal careers, but keep an open mind about other fields. There is a lot to explore in the world! Here are your questions and my answers:  1.  What job should I get in college if…

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