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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Beyond Talent: Back to Basics

Lately, it feels like every article out there about women in the law highlights the obstacles we face in this profession. A recent Harvard Study noted that women in the law “appear to be leaving their prestigious positions – and the profession as a whole – in alarming numbers.” According to the National Association of Women Lawyers, in 2013 women accounted for only “17 percent of equity partners in the 200 largest law firms.” The facts and reality are hard to ignore, and can leave us all feeling a little disenchanted with our future in the law. Rather than highlighting…

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Setting your Timeline for Law School Applications

Now is the time that Fall 2016 law school applicants should start getting ready to apply to law school. The following are tips on using the next four to five months to the best advantage in order to maximize your chances of admission to law school. Create a timeline for your application cycle based on your LSAT date. a. If you’ve already taken your LSAT and you’re not planning to retake it, plan on submitting applications in September. There is no big race to submit them on the first day - take your time and submit the highest quality applications.…

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Laura Bladow

Stand Up: Taking Leadership Initiative to Accelerate Your Career

Please join Ms. JD on Monday, June 22, 2015 from 12:30-2 pm EDT for an engaging conversation with Professor Scott Westfahl, Faculty Director of Harvard Law School Executive Education.  Professor Westfahl oversees and teaches global leadership and business skills programs for senior and emerging law firm leaders, general counsel and other senior in-house leaders, and mid- to senior-level associates.    He also teaches courses on problem solving, teams, networks and innovation within the law school's J.D. Curriculum.  Professor Westfahl joined HLS from the law firm Goodwin Procter LLP, where he served from 2004-2013 as the firm's Director of Professional Development. Prior to his work at…

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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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