Heather Asher

SAVE THE DATE! Ms. JD’s Seventh Annual Conference: Stronger Together is Set for March 5-6, 2015

Ms. JD is proud to announce that its Seventh Annual Conference on Women in the Law will be March 5-6, 2015 in San Francisco, in partnership with UC Hastings College of the Law.  While the conference is several months away, Ms. JD is working to bring you our best conference yet! This year’s conference will feature: Young trailblazers from various segments of the legal profession, who have used their creativity and grit to forge their own career paths, and will help you identify steps you can take TODAY to build your career. Leaders from Women’s Initiatives and Affinity Groups, who will…

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Courtney Gabbara

Ms. JD Pre-Law: Top 10 Tips To Success At Any Law School Fair

Reflecting back on my pre-law school days, I remember the amount of leg work that goes into researching law schools. Besides basic web browsing, I worked hard to talk to attorneys and gain hands on experience that would help shed some light on how to make myself a competitive applicant.  This is when I learned about law school fairs—an organized event where I could actually interact face to face with the decision makers to my law school fate! As a poor undergraduate student, I cannot emphasize enough how important of an opportunity this was for me. Now, as an admissions…

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Jeena Cho

Sex & Money: Why Compassion Matters for Lawyers

Editor's Note: Ms. JD is currently seeking pre-law and law school students, as well as legal professionals, to serve as its 2015 Writers in Residence! To apply for the Writers in Residence Program, please read this post and submit all of the necessary information and materials to wir@ms-jd.org by Saturday, November 1, 2014!  I'm sitting with my client who is grieving the death of his wife. She died from cancer. They spent and borrowed every penny in an effort to save her life. As I sit with him, I realize how poorly law school has prepared me for this moment. I think back to my 1L…

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A Part-Time Law Program Equals Full-Time Studying

When I made the decision to apply to law school, I barely gave full-time attendance any thought.  I was returning to school after more than 5 years and was instantly attracted to the idea that I could pursue a law degree through a flexible, part-time workload without giving up too much of my life.  I did not even give a second thought to 4 years of studying.  In fact, I thought, “what’s another year to 3 years, it will be over before I know it.” During my first 2 years, I had very few good days where I enjoyed law…

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LSAT Vocabulary

One question we are often asked concerns the vocabulary required to do well on the LSAT. Students worry that they might need an especially large vocabulary, or perhaps a working knowledge of legal or logical terms. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look and find out what you need to know before you take the LSAT. The good news is that most of the words you will see on the LSAT will be of the simple, everyday variety. This would include a wide range of words such as “city” or “witness” or “fuel.” Most native English speakers would…

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Federal Policy Spring 2015 Law Student Intern

Job Title:  Federal Policy Spring 2015 Law Student Intern Department: USPA Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization dedicated to advancing reproductive freedom as a fundamental right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. The Center engages in cutting-edge impact litigation, policy analysis, advocacy, research, and public education throughout the world, to achieve women’s equality in society and to ensure that all women have access to appropriate and freely chosen reproductive health services. Internship Summary: The Center’s Federal Policy team is looking for an enthusiastic, resourceful and highly organized law student…

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Cameron Rhudy

The Artful Lawyer: Remembering to Use My Creative Muscles

Editor's Note: Ms. JD is currently seeking pre-law and law school students, as well as legal professionals, to serve as its 2015 Writers in Residence! To apply for the Writers in Residence Program, please read this post and submit all of the necessary information and materials to wir@ms-jd.org by Saturday, November 1, 2014!  As I mentioned last month, I am starting my own law practice.  After almost five years practicing health law as a legislative attorney, I have decided to pursue my interest in small business transactional law to provide legal services to creative and social enterprises. Not only is changing practice areas an incredible…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending October 17, 2014

This week brought the news that Malala Yousafzai was awarded the Nobel Peace Price, shared with Kailash Satyarthi, for 2014. She is the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Rather than sit back and enjoy the award, she has been vocal about continuing her work and there is still much to be done to secure education for all children. She has also added her voice to those encouraging women to learn to code and get more involved with computer science. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella found himself at the center of a storm of controversy when he suggested that good karma…

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How to Find a Mentor in Law School

As the great Bill Withers acknowledges, we all need somebody to lean on. In law school, as in life, we can’t do it alone. This is where a mentor comes in—someone to encourage you, guide you, and advise you through the murky waters of law school— someone in your corner! So how do you find a mentor during law school? 1. Start early I learned this the hard way. I floundered through my entire first year of law school without a mentor. Let’s face it: as 1L’s we don’t know which way is up. I would ask 10 different people…

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Relationship Building: Check Motivations

Relationships only happen when we are committed to make them a priority, and that takes time and a commitment to “water” the relationship seeds we sow. While I could outline the precise steps lawyers need to take in assembling, organizing, categorizing and systemizing their contacts, I’ll spare the reader the administrative details in this article except to point out that once the task of gathering and entering all your contacts into a central system (even Outlook does a decent job of this) is complete, lawyers would be sorely remiss if they did not “categorize” their contact names.  What does this…

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