LovelyLadyLaw7

Concision in Legal Writing: Make It Brief (to an Extent)

As a reporter for the campus newspaper at my undergraduate university and the editor for one of the university's student-organization newsletters, I quickly came to realize the role of concision in news reporting.  As a reporter, I regularly skipped certain words (like "on" before a day of the week) in articles in order to meet the assigned word count; as an editor, I myself was forced to cut down on articles submitted to me so that I could make them fit on their assigned pages. In comparison to my experience as a news gatherer during my college years, I didn't…

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nicolemoriniere

Getting from A to B: Transitioning from Law to Tech

It took me about three months to complete my transition from law into legal tech, from the time I made the decision until I found and was hired at an exciting legal tech startup. During this time, I reached out to my network, did a lot of reading and attended numerous events.  Although I benefited from many resources during my search, I also found it more difficult given that I was going down a non-traditional career path for JDs. Hopefully, my experience can help provide an example of one way to transition from the traditional legal industry to a career in legal…

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Linaya

2017 Ms. JD Honors Awardees Spotlight Series: 5 Q&A with Daissy Dominguez

Daissy Dominguez 2017 Ms. JD Woman of Inspiration Award The following questions were formulated based on Daissy's profile. 1. Why did you decide to open your own practice, Dominguez Legal Justice Center, LLC (DLJC), as opposed to work for an already established public interest organization or law firm? When I started law school my intentions were to work for a legal aid organization serving low and moderate income communities. I spent my entire law school career interning and volunteering with legal aid organizations. I became a lawyer to be able to have the knowledge and tools to support our communities. When I…

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jzucker

“Eat Now and Caffeinate” at The Goddess and the Baker

The Goddess and the Baker, who’s newest of three locations is on one of the busiest corners in the Loop, is bustling all day. When I sat down with Fran, the shift supervisor at 225 N. LaSalle, she told me the those truly dedicated to a good cup of coffee can beat the morning rush on weekdays by stopping by at 7:00AM when the store opens, whereas those who are looking for a livelier atmosphere should come in for boozy drinks and half-off snacks for Happy Hour from 5:00-7:00PM. Although the mint green walls, trendy décor, and Instagram-worthy cakes and…

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alexislamb

The Road Less Traveled: Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark

Many entrepreneurs go through The Darkness - eating instant ramen, crashing in their parents' basement, remortgaging their house, fearing monthly cable bills or paying rent  -- before The Big Success Break, as do many who seek a transition to an alt-path.   While not all alternative legal careers involve entrepreneurship (though in later blog posts we'll speak with lawyers turned entrepreneurs), when it comes to our careers, we are our own entrepreneurs.  We are companies of one.  We are selling our labor and skills and that unique bit of ourselves that only we can offer.  We are convincing others to invest time, money, capital, and goodwill…

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Sappho

The Bar Exam: How Will That Look Like?

The past month has been a period of transition. As I continue adjusting to life as a mother of three children, I balance a (mostly) flexible schedule. My partner returned to work full time two weeks ago. While there have been occasional challenges, especially when dealing with the needs of an infant and toddler, it has been an amazing experience. In early January, I registered for the March MPRE. I registered for it before, but did not take the exam due to being sick with pneumonia. One of the joys of living where I do is I am often ill…

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skreed

Skirting the Ceiling: Politics and Professionalism

With the 2016 election year and the 2017 administration transition, politics seems to lurk around every corner. Navigating these turbulent waters while frantically participating in the 1L summer job search, got me thinking—how do politics and professionalism interact? Are they mutually exclusive? My mission this past month was to find out. Politics and the Job Search  It’s common knowledge that bringing up politics in a job interview is usually a bad idea. But what other red flags are there? I turned to Margaret DeYoung, my career counselor at the University of Houston Law Center, for advice. I asked Margaret if…

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fhg14CnXLS

Ms. Pre-JD: “Don’t Go to Law School!”

As an overenthusiastic pre-law student, I can be prone to mentioning that I want to go to law school. Every five seconds. When someone asks about my major, I tell them, but I quickly add, “and I want to go to law school, so it’s more for personal interest!” If anyone asks me about my courseload, I immediately inform them that the political science class is “to be more aware because I want to go to law school”, and that the reason I dropped that GPA-killing elective was because “I have to get into law school!” I don’t think I…

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Jasmine

15 Things You Didn’t Know About NWLSO Leadership Council Member Jasmine Brown

I’m a 1L at St. John’s University School of Law. I’m a Libra. I’m not big on zodiac signs but I do think that it is fitting that my sign is represented by the Scales of Justice. I am a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. I am a Wish Granting volunteer for Make-A-Wish Metro- New York. This requires for me to visit a sick child and their family in order to find out what the child’s one true wish is. I’m a runner. One of the hardest things about my first semester of law school was finding time…

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elizabeth.hague

What #PROPELS Ms. JD’s Vice President Liz Hague

1. Three things that #PROPEL me are: (1) Learning - Ever since I was a little kid, I've devoted my time to reading and learning about the world around me. I love that as a lawyer I find myself digging into diverse subjects, and using that knowledge to advocate on behalf of my clients; (2) Improving the world around me - through volunteering, my Board service, and trying to make my community a better place; (3) My amazing family, friends, and partner Roy, who keep me grounded and remind me to find the fun in life. 2. I #PROPEL others by: …

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