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Paramjit

10 Practical Tips To Get Young Attorneys On The Path to Building a Book of Business

Dear Ms. JD, We are officially in September – where has the year gone? As 2015 is rapidly approaching, evaluating your career and practice goals is key to stay ahead.  Are you ready for it? OR…are you still struggling with the same issues you had in your business at the beginning of the year? Check out these ten practical tips to get you on the right track: Are you planning to fail or planning to succeed? Have a plan. Nothing complicated just a simple plan. Create 90 days or monthly goals (actions) Plan and schedule business development every day. Decide what you plan…

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Jeena Cho

Sex & Money: Lead with Kindness

Dear readers, Last month, I wrote What I Wish I Knew in My 20’s, and it was full of wonderful advice from lawyers across the country. As I reflect back on my 10+ years of law practice, I received plenty of advice - some I followed, some I ignored. Often, the advice was good and helpful. Other advice that I thought was good turned out to be bad. I wanted to share one particular piece of advice I regretted taking. When I was a baby lawyer, I was invited to sit in on a deposition with one of the managing partners…

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NatalieMolz

Ms. JD Press Release: Evelina Chang of UC Hastings Wins 2014 Ms. JD’s Public Interest Scholarship

Ms. JD announced that Evelina Chang was awarded a 2014 Ms. JD Public Interest Scholarship.  The scholarship supports women who, in their first or second summer of law school, are pursuing a public interest internship.  Past public interest scholars have worked for judges, state attorney generals, non-profit organizations, the International Criminal Court, and international NGOs, among others.  To apply for the scholarship, students submit an essay to Ms. JD's blog at www.ms-jd.org.   Of the scholarship, Ms. JD's President, Katie Larkin-Wong said, "The Public Interest Scholarship is a key part of Ms. JD's commitment to supporting students who pursue a…

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editor

A Historical Perspective on Lauren’s Determination: Define Yourself – Always

Although I am far from a youthful Ms. J.D., I read this Blog faithfully.  I have done so for several years, ever since my daughter, Katherine Larkin-Wong, disregarded my sage advice to forgo becoming the President of Ms. J.D. when she was just beginning her legal career.  I explained to Kate that it was wiser to devote herself completely to her legal development as she started out, rather than dividing her time between her career and Ms. J.D.  Trying to do too much at one time, I reasoned, would only dilute the results achieved all around.  Thankfully, Kate thoughtfully considered…

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myung21

Not Your Average Hearsay: Networking via Coffee!

Happy September everyone! Whether it be the start of another school year or just looking forward to fall and cooler weather, summer is almost over! Many firms and companies had summer socials - did you take advantage of them? If you didn’t necessarily leap at the chance of mingling with your coworkers and other professionals in the field, don’t worry, there’s still a way you can get your daily/monthly/weekly dose of networking in. I’m not talking about the old way of sending LinkedIn Mail and hoping that someone will reply; I’m talking about the new Coffee App! A fellow alumnus of…

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NatalieMolz

Ms. JD Press Release: Paige Armstrong Gutierrez Wins 2014 Ms. JD’s Public Interest Scholarship

Ms. JD announced that Paige Armstrong Gutierrez was awarded a 2014 Ms. JD Public Interest Scholarship.  The scholarship supports women who, in their first or second summer of law school, are pursuing a public interest internship.  Past public interest scholars have worked for judges, state attorney generals, non-profit organizations, the International Criminal Court, and international NGOs, among others.  To apply for the scholarship, students submit an essay to Ms. JD's blog at www.ms-jd.org.   Of the scholarship, Ms. JD's President, Katie Larkin-Wong said, "The Public Interest Scholarship is a key part of Ms. JD's commitment to supporting students who pursue…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Pre-Law: An Application Checklist

While Ms. JD's Pre-Law Prep Guide covers most of the following in a good deal of detail, this checklist provides a quick guide of hyperlinks to allow you to jump to whatever is most relevant to your pre-law journey. Do your research and make sure law school is right for you. Connect with the pre-law advisor at your school, reach out to your network to find a current law student or young attorney who might be willing to be a resource as you navigate the application process. Read up on the application process Register for the LSAT. Research LSAT test prep…

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biancajgay

BEEatitudes: Keep Not Settling

When last we “spoke” in July, I shared my challenges with finding a job now that I’m a lawyer.   I’m still looking for work, and I’m hopeful that I’ll find something soon.  But I want that something to be great, not just something I have to take simply because it beats unemployment.  For the past few years, that’s been my mentality.  I was so sure that something would be better than nothing, so instead of just applying for jobs I really wanted, I started to I apply to any and everything, whether I thought I’d like it or knew I’d…

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-I_ttDiDOJ

Where Are All My Ladies At? Women’s Prospects in Law Leadership from a 1L Perspective

I recently read an article describing the state of women in law, specifically on pay equality and leadership positions.[1] In my undergrad, I wrote my senior thesis on women’s equality in the workforce and the glass ceiling, so naturally this piqued my interest in relation to my given profession of law. I just began law school; this is my third week of classes. My 1L class is about 48% female, and my law school has been cranking out fairly equal percentages of women attorneys since the 1970’s.[2] 45% of all law degrees in the United States in just the last 12…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Event Recap - Decision Point: Law School

Did you miss Ms. JD's Decision Point: Law School event? Check out the below Storify recap to catch up on some great admissions advice! [View the story "Decision Point: Law School" on Storify]  

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js2013

2015 Writers in Residence Applications Due November 1st!

Do you feel your creative spirit fading as you work tirelessly to perfect your legal writing skills? Do you miss composing prose that is not in the passive voice or that does not require bluebooking? Would you like to contribute your thoughts and insights to a national legal blog which has been repeatedly featured on the ABA Journal Law Blawg 100 list? Then we may have just the opportunity for you! Ms. JD is currently seeking pre-law and law school students, as well as legal professionals, to serve as its 2015 Writers in Residence. The Writers in Residence Program consists of a small, select…

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js2013

In the Know: The Ms. JD Writers in Residence Interview Project

Have you been thinking about "blawging"? Are you wondering what it is really like? Do you want advice from people who have written for a highly regarded law blog? Then keep reading! We are pleased to share with you the Ms. JD Writers in Residence Interview Project. In an effort to provide you with mentor-like advice about the law blogging process, participants were asked to respond to a series of questions about their approach to "blawging", why they decided to become law bloggers, and more. The result is a great resource, full of thoughtful contributions from past and present Ms. JD…

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Linda_M

Attention Transitioning Lawyers:  It’s time to start talking to yourself

As you prepare for a transition or re-entry in the legal field, I encourage you to ask yourself some important questions and search for real answers. Oftentimes, these questions make us uncomfortable. While we may prefer not to talk about or even acknowledge our concerns, doing so is where the real work and movement toward a successful re-entry or transition lies.   Start by asking yourself, how can I…. Update my resume? Should it be chronological or functional? Should I include a summary of qualifications or an objective section? Do I include volunteer experiences? Explain a gap? Should I explain…

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NatalieMolz

Ms. JD Press Release: Sally Profeta of St. John’s Law Wins Ms. JD’s Public Interest Scholarship

Ms. JD announced that Sally Profeta was awarded a 2014 Ms. JD Public Interest Scholarship.  The scholarship supports women who, in their first or second summer of law school, are pursuing a public interest internship.  Past public interest scholars have worked for judges, state attorney generals, non-profit organizations, the International Criminal Court, and international NGOs, among others.  To apply for the scholarship, students submit an essay to Ms. JD's blog at www.ms-jd.org.   Of the scholarship, Ms. JD's President, Katie Larkin-Wong said, "The Public Interest Scholarship is a key part of Ms. JD's commitment to supporting students who pursue a…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending September 19, 2014

We constantly hear about the importance of networking but are you using your network to full advantage? Former colleagues can be an important link to new opportunities. With the news that women have fallen further behind in client development at law firms, it is all the more important to make the most of connections we already have.  Recruiting can be a long and tough experience. Make sure you aren’t making one of these mistakes in your interactions with potential employers. Don’t lose sight of your goals during recruiting, sometimes you need to say no to a job offer. If recruiting…

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