Pre-Law Reading Radar

Hello Ms. JD Readers! On my lunch break from work this afternoon, I found myself at the doors of the Los Angeles Public Library. Etched high above the entrance was a gem of wisdom: “Books alone are liberal and free. They give to all who ask. They emancipate all who serve them faithfully.” It serves as testament to the idea that reading equates to personal development. It also serves as a reminder that at every stage in life, reading holds the potential to enrich our worldviews and free us from narrow-mindedness. And so, with the quote in mind, let’s take…

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Rabiah’s version of “You don’t look like a lawyer”

Audio version of this blog post: Inspired by Bianca Gay’s blog post on this website entitled “But You Don’t look like a Lawyer…” I also wanted to write a blog post about my personal experiences with how other lawyers’ perceive me--- a Muslim woman and a law student who wears the hijab. The role of race, ethnicity, gender, and religion in the legal field are quite dynamic.   As a law student, I began interning at a court in New York City, and I quickly realized that some individuals in the legal field are no exception to making stereotypes about…

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Rhymes with Awe: Dwell in Possibility

I recently moved to Cairo, Egypt. I had not planned to be living abroad at this point in my life. It was a rather unexpected and unplanned change. Not that the move was unwelcomed, but it certainly had not long been part of my well-crafted plan for professional and personal success. But here I am, living a stone’s throw from the Nile. Upon arriving, I set out to make the most of my new circumstances and explore the world around me. I reached out to a handful of women (older and more experienced than me) to find out how best…

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EPA Honors Attorney Fellowship—San Francisco—for Recent Law Grads Licensed in Any State or US Terr

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Pacific Southwest (Region 9), Office of Regional Counsel, is pleased to announce its 2015 Honors Attorney Fellowship. This fellowship is for up to a two-year term, and the fellow is expected to commit to the full term. The deadline to apply for the 2015 Fellowship is January 30, 2015. We anticipate the Fellowship will begin in July/August 2015. The EPA Honors Attorney Fellowship is designed for a recent law school graduate who is a licensed attorney with excellent academic credentials and a strong interest in a career in environmental law or the public sector (see more detailed criteria below). It…

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Law Law Land: TV’s Lady Lawyers

I might as well open with a defining part of my identity: I love television. A lot. I spend a shocking amount of time watching TV, reading about TV, or thinking about TV. It's a wonder I get anything else done. That's why it's somewhat satisfying when what I want to be doing (watching TV) and what I should be doing (law school stuff) converge and I find myself watching TV shows with lawyers, particularly female ones. As I justify "just one more episode," I can fall back on the reasoning that I am watching women who do what I'm…

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Striking a Balance: Redefining “Work-Life”

This past August, I started law school after returning from a teaching stint in China and moved into an apartment with my significant other. Trying to settle into law school as well as my new living situation was both exciting and a little scary. My career and relationship were both starting new chapters simultaneously, and I felt torn to devote the necessary time to settle into my new life. I realized that what law school to attend or whether to live with my partner may have been the easier decisions - the smaller daily choices I make to juggle the different aspects of…

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Discerning Difference…Embracing Empowerment: To Protest or Not to Protest

I hesitated to post this first installment of my column. I wondered: Is this the appropriate forum and audience? Does this support my personal brand? Will it resonate with anyone? Is this topic even on point? It’s ironic to fear exposing a portion of my identity politics in a column about embracing one’s complete identity. Yet, here I am fearing just that -- exposure. Although so much of our identity is based on social construction and perceived realities, one’s identity is an extremely personal thing. It’s one thing to list your qualities, characteristics, and beliefs at a high level; it’s…

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The 2015 Ms. JD Fellowship Application is now open!

The Ms. JD Fellowship, one of our most popular programs, is now open for applications! In 2010, Ms. JD partnered with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession to found the Ms. JD Fellowship. The Fellowship is Ms. JD's program to promote mentoring and professional development. Each spring, Ms. JD selects a group of outstanding second year law students as Fellowship recipients. In addition to receiving financial support and invitations to ABA and Ms. JD events, each Fellowship recipient is paired with a mentor chosen from among the Brent Award honorees, Spirit of Excellence Award recipients, and ABA Commission on…

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Life as a Law Student: First Impressions

A 1L's Delayed Gratification: Reaching gold level status at Starbucks. Never knew it was a goal of mine until I was two stars away. Happy New Year!  Looking back on a year filled with big changes, new challenges, and hard lessons learned, I have so much to be thankful for and I look forward to what 2015 has in store for me. A little bit of my background: I graduated from college in 2011 and worked at a large firm for about three years as a practice assistant/paralegal. My plan was to work for about a year or two and…

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Rebekah Hanley

Risk and Reward in the New Year

In the new year, I’ve committed to taking a professional leap.  In fact, I’m going to take a few.  And I’m encouraging others to join me. I’m doing this even though some of those leaps will not be graceful.  Actually, I’m pretty sure that some of those leaps will result in me falling flat on my face.  And while I’m not thrilled by the idea of looking foolish, I’m no longer uncomfortable with falling.  So long as I am falling forward and not simply repeating past mistakes, I don’t view falling as failing.   For me, falling may be necessary; I…

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