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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD’s Pre-Law Summer LSAT Course Giveaway with PowerScore!

To celebrate the first year of Ms. JD's pre-law programming, Ms. JD Pre-Law Sponsor, PowerScore, is giving away a LSAT prep course to one lucky Ms. JD reader!    Over the past year Ms. JD has expanded on our Pre-Law Prep Guide to compile several resources for pre-law students! Expert advice can be found weekly posts on our blog, including insights from PowerScore on LSAT success. And don't miss the recaps of our pre-law Twitter Chats, and Google Hangouts!    Enter to win a PowerScore Live Online Course using the widget below!    With a PowerScore Live Online Course you'll attend 12 comprehensive lessons in real-time from your computer or…

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Annual GEF Cocktail Benefit—Call for Volunteers

We are looking for event volunteers for our 3rd Annual Ms. JD Global Education Fund Cocktail Benefit this August in San Francisco. The commitment for a volunteer is initially a few hours a month, but will increase closer to the date of the event.  We need volunteers to assist with our silent auction, food donations, coordinating entertainment, venue logistics, and other event details as needed.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact me directly at  If you can't volunteer, but want to donate an item or service to the silent auction, I would love to hear from you too!

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Mommy, Esq.

Being a mom makes you a better lawyer.  Somewhere between being spit up on by a newborn to having words spat at you by a teenager you realize your motherly aptitudes have enhanced and honed your lawyering skills. Mommy, Esquire traits and tactics to embrace and celebrate: Because I Told You So.  Yup, your mother said it to you and now you find yourself saying it to your kids.  So basic, so final, so absolute.  No willy nilly, no gray.  But really, often times in parenting there is no better answer than this…and then you realize often times in lawyering…

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Rhymes with Awe: Dyspepsia

Like any good pre-L, I keep up with legal news and trends, especially those in copyright and IP law. I recently came across an article that I knew I had to read: “Supreme Court Justices Are Getting ‘Grumpier,’ Study Finds”. Lately, I’ve been giving more thought to staying in academia, or perhaps clerking after law school. In the past, I thought my end goal would always be to enter private practice. Since taking my job in Egypt, however, I’ve come to find academic research and scholarship professionally rewarding, and, to my surprise, highly engaging. As I consider the potential pathways…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Fellows Present: Mentorship 101 Recap

On May 20, 2015 the 2014-2015 Ms. JD Fellows presented a candid conversation on mentorship in law school. Check out the full video below as the fellows will discuss their mentorship experiences through the Ms. JD fellowship over the past year. Plus, you won't want to miss the Fellows sharing their top mentorship tips for all stages of law school from the first year through third year!     

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Rebekah Hanley

Avoiding Over-Commitment, the Mistake that Keeps on Taking

Each of us has only 24 hours in a day, and we all need to sleep.  There’s a limit to how much we can accomplish.  Yet, even when our plates are full, we say “yes” to additional projects.  We receive invitations to join boards, and we accept.  We are asked to lead new initiatives, and we agree.  We don’t drop anything we’re already doing; we just find a way to do more. Sometimes that’s necessary.  Sometimes it’s beneficial.  But often it’s neither. Taking on new challenges is important from a professional development perspective.  But overcommitting is a mistake.  Very few…

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Meet Nicole Abboud—Fashion Lawyer & Gen Y Podcaster

As the practice of law has evolved significantly since the economic downturn in the mid 2000s, I decided to showcase the story of an attorney who is also a millennial.  Learn how Nicole Abboud is using her talents and drive to create a fascinating personal brand. Can you please provide a brief summary of your professional background? I am an almost-4th year attorney practicing Fashion Law in Los Angeles, Ca. I received my B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Los Angeles and after 3 glorious years, I graduated from Southwestern Law School in 2011. Upon graduating, I practiced…

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Bar Exam Doctor

The Ping Pong Bar Exam Essay

Each summer and winter, the Bar Exam Doctor offers California bar examinees programs to practice Performance Tests and Essays using a Bar Exam Performance Test Simulator and Bar Exam Essay Simulator. Routinely, Bar Exam Doctor graders get a practice exam from a bar examinee that is of this format:  “W will argue that the money used by H was a gift to the community and therefore there is no right to reimbursement due.  W will argue that any time Sp funds are used to purchase an asset the donative intent of the spouse and the delivery and title will rule. …

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Appealing Sentences: Dear 1L Me

With only a few days left of the semester, I asked women on campus to share what they would tell their 1L self. Law school may be the most difficult thing you will do in your life thus far. But it is worth it, and it can be done. You can do everything you want to do, just be prepared to have coffee be your most important food group. Surround yourself with good people, and be involved in the campus community. Don’t give up the things you love. Everyone is just as scared, confused, and stressed as you, but keep…

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Practical Tips for a Rewarding and Successful Summer Associate Experience

As law students begin to make the (happy) yearly migration from finals to summer jobs, soon-to-be summer associates are thinking about how to be successful and make the most out of their experiences.  While there are great resources regarding what your summer experience will be like, here are some practical tips that will help you have a rewarding and sucessful summer. 1. Google Alerts Google Alerts monitor the web for any new content relating to your chosen keywords or keyword combinations.  Once set, the Google Alerts will arrive in your inbox every morning.  While working at the firm, they kept…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending May 22, 2015

On Wednesday, United Airlines and Boeing collaborated in a unique aircraft delivery celebrating women as a jet set off for Chicago, piloted by an all-female flight crew, and with every seat occupied by women from every level of United Airlines business worldwide.  This entrepreneur devised a co-working space that could be a game changer for working moms. While Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP announced on Monday a more generous paid parental leave program for its attorneys that lets mothers and primary caregivers stay home with their newborns for up to 22 weeks with full pay. Which law firm do you think…

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Dispatches from the Y Chromosome - Dispatch #7: “I’m a Change Junkie” - Bernadette Bulacan

  At the legal technology and content behemoth, Thomson Reuters, Bernadette Bulacan’s current title is “Director of Market Development.” However, that title doesn’t due justice to this amazing woman who (1) was on the founding team for an innovative legal-focused startup, (2) saw the .com boom and bust first-hand, ultimately being laid off by her law firm, (3) bounced back only to rise through the associate ranks to partner at a large-for-Seattle law firm, and (4) got married, beat cancer, and started a family all along the way.   I also feel very fortunate to call Bernadette a friend and…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Advice for Finding Career Happiness and Success

When it comes to workplace advice, it does not come any better than the words of Jack Welch, former CEO of GE, author of best-selling books on management and workplace issues, blogger on Jack WelchInfluencer and founder of an on-line MBA program. He has had a busy and very successful life, and he has a lot to say about getting ahead in business (which includes the law profession, of course). This blog on LinkedIn got my attention.  It is simple and straight forward advice on getting ahead and being happy in your career, and it literally comes from "the horse's…

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Equity & Efficiency: The Role and Practice of Diversity in Legal Scholarship

Written by: Violeta Arciniega (Digital Articles Editor), Elizabeth Koo (Editor-in-Chief), Julie Pennington (Managing Articles Editor) and Nabila Taj (Managing Editor) of CUNY Law Review. What We Talk About When We Talk About Diversity Law journals are thought centers of innovative arguments for social change. They are platforms to challenge norms and disseminate bold concepts into the marketplace of ideas to influence courts, inform legislators, and shape public opinion. This means that diversity initiatives are crucial to the legal profession and to the culture of law school, and law journals specifically, because they work to correct the persistent underrepresentation of the…

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The Inside Scoop: Endless Possibilities

I am interrupting my regularly scheduled blog post to bring you breaking news regarding the New England Patriots: they are CHEATERS. (Full disclosure: I am a Denver Broncos season ticketholder and have hated the Patriots for longer than I can recall.) Please allow me to go off the rails a bit this month, as I just have to get this off my chest. If you're not a sports fan, do NOT stop reading now. This post will have practical application, legal weight, and career value. Pinky swear.  Quick background: for anyone who is not a football fan, or who doesn't have one living…

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