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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending August 28, 2015

Good communication skills are essential to every aspiring attorney, and those already in practice. Here are 3 Ways Law Students Can Become More Confident Communicators while they are still in law school. For every 10 years you’ve been working, you can add one page to your resume. These helpful questions can assist you in shortening your resume without losing important content. When you come across an open position that seems like the perfect fit for you, it can be tempting to submit your resume and cover letter as fast as humanly possible. Here are four mistakes that people make when…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Pre-Law: Insights from the Ms. JD Board Recap Part II

Ms. JD's second online pre-law event took place last night as a group of the Ms. JD Board of Directors shared their pre-law insights in a Google Hangout! In case you missed it, you can check out the YouTube video below to catch up!  Miss Part I? Catch up here!  If you're looking for more pre-law advice be sure to download Ms. JD's Pre-Law Prep Guide, follow along on Twitter @msjdtweets, and join us next week for our Twitter Chat on Thursday, August 28th at 2pm ET to share your pre-law experiences!

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Attorneys Across America: Featuring Amanda Fisher

From a tiny office in rural Alaska to a skyscraper in Manhattan, from The Sunshine State to The Prairie State, Ms. JD seeks to capture snapshots of successful women attorneys practicing law from sea to shining sea. Ms. JD had a few questions for Amanda Fisher who works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:  1.     Where do you practice law? I am an attorney for the United Steelworkers International Union (“USW”), headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  While my office is in Pittsburgh, the USW has members across the country and so my cases come from all over the country.  In addition, I am assigned as the point…

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Mommy, Esq.: What kind of law do you want to practice?

Rising 1L’s, get ready to hear that question from your new classmates, your family, your friends, and your mentors. Rising 2L’s, I’m sure you already know you’re about to hear that question a lot during OCI and all year long in interviews. Many of my fellow associates still ask themselves this question. So what’s your answer? If you’re anything like I was, you aren’t quite sure. My goal is to give you a starting point to making this big decision. As you’re thinking about what kind of law you want to practice, you should also think about where you want…

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Law and creativity: How to chart your own course

Trying to be a creative person in the law can sometimes feel like trying to think outside the box while working at a box factory.  Luckily, I have always been a misfit. So this situation suits me. I am a tall person in a short family, and an uncoordinated out-of-tune singer who insisted on being on stage in five high school musicals. When I decided to pursue law school I didn’t expect to be the next great attorney general or to land a job at a big national firm. My goals going into law school were to obtain the education,…

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Striking a Balance: Reflections of On-Campus Recruiting

My internship is over, and on-campus recruiting (OCI) is winding down. This is a process of which I knew very little about before law school. Before 1L, I was under the impression that I would have the opportunity to intern during my summer breaks, and I would find a job during my last year of law school. While some in law school do choose this route – I am attempting to pursue a summer associate position at a firm that has a strong corporate/business law department with the hope that they give me the opportunity to return after law school…

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Teachers Make Good Law Students:  Pause for Reflection & Indulge in Quiet Time

"I get these fleeting, beautiful moments of inner peace and stillness.  Then, the other twenty-three hours and forty-five minutes of the day, I’m a human trying to make it through this world."  Ellen DeGeneres In today’s fast-paced society, we are constantly bombarded with messages of the importance of slowing down.  Meditation brings serenity.  Relaxation calms the mind and soothes the heart.  Sleep fosters several health benefits.  However, it is not always easy to take a break.  Instead we’re guilty of double-booking events in our calendar or multi-tasking throughout the day.  We are constantly trying to get more off our “to…

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The Inside Scoop: The Cons

Have you ever completely and totally forgotten to do something that is important to you? Just totally spaced it out like it wasn't even on your radar? If not - well done. I'm completely envious. If so - welcome to the club. Come sit next to me. I am mortified to admit that I have forgotten this past weeked both to blog for Ms. JD and also to attend choir rehearsal at my synogogue. These are two things that keep my creative juices flowing. They make me happy. And yet somehow I became so engrossed in my day-to-day that I…

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Rebekah Hanley


A friend recently introduced me to the Japanese concept wabi-sabi.  As I (am just beginning to) understand it, wabi-sabi not only recognizes the inevitability of imperfection; it also celebrates that imperfection.  Thus, the philosophy converts what could be criticized as mistakes into valuable attributes.  It appreciates, rather than laments, that nothing is perfect. This wabi-sabi introduction reminded me of the opportunities for growth through error in professional work.  Take legal writing, for example.  Most lawyers have experienced the disappointment, frustration, and embarrassment of noticing an error in their work product soon after submitting it to a supervisor, client, or court. …

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Law School Rules: Five to Keep and Five to Break

As you’ve probably already discovered, when you tell people you’re going to law school, everyone wants to offer tips and advice, even those people who were never law students themselves! Much of the guidance you’ve heard (or will hear) is contradictory. Based on my experience as a law student, the experiences of my friends and colleagues, and what I’ve seen teaching first-year law students, I’ve compiled a list of five law school rules you can break and five you should definitely follow! Rule to Break #1—Read the Cases and You’ll Do Well in Law School This rule isn’t 100% wrong—you…

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Life as a Law Student: Back to School Tips

School is back in session! It especially is for those participating in On Campus Interviewing (OCI). (If you’re interested in learning more about OCI, check out this candid article on The Girl’s Guide to Law School blog.) With fall semester beginning in just a few weeks, you might be overwhelmed by the looming monstrosity that is law school over there in the horizon. Maybe not. Last year, at around this time, I was so nervous, scared, and my mind was filled with second thoughts. So many conversations I had with myself began with the question, “Where do I start?” So, if you're feeling…

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August 26th is Women’s Equality Day!

Hey Ms. JD readers! Women's Equality Day is coming up on August 26th. We at Ms. JD want to know your experiences with inequality and your stories of shattering the glass ceiling. Write a blog (and put #EqualityDay in the title), send us a tweet, or Facebook message us and let us know! We'll be making a compilation of your stories and sharing it on our blog!

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending August 21, 2015

Many attorneys and law students hope to start their own firm one day but how do you cover the start up costs, particularly as a new attorney? Crowdfunding may be an option after all. Short sentences and a non-confrontational tone may be the secret to winning your argument before the Supreme Court. Increasing diversity is an issue for many high-profile industries. These four tips for tech firms could apply just as well to law firms. The issue of equal pay made it to the Presidential campaign trail.

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Harvard Law School Career Study: What Women in the Legal Field Can Learn From It

Recently, Harvard Law School released the Preliminary Report on the Women and Men of Harvard Law School for the general public to view. While the study focuses on an elite group of legal professionals, the results can apply to men and women in the career. It quantifies consistency and disparity in the legal education, careers, and personal lives of the Harvard Law School graduates from the classes of 1975, 1985, 1995, and 2000. In 2014, the Wall Street Journal published an article called "Female Lawyers Still Battle Gender Bias", where men respondents dominated in leadership, billing rate, and personal life satisfaction. The  Preliminary…

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Be a Giver: Advice for Recommendation Seekers and Writers

“Isn’t that part of their job?” I hear this question often as I teach undergraduate students about recommendation letters. In high school, I inform them, counselors write recommendation letters as part of their jobs. Now, as college students, they have to forge their own relationships with faculty, staff members, and employers, to gain letters that are required to apply for law school as well as many internships, jobs, scholarships, and leadership positions.  When I tell students that they need to be part of the recommendation writing process, they wonder how and why. “Don’t professors and employers know how to write…

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