skreed

Skirting the Ceiling: Finalizing that First Impression

My 1L year is done! Behind me are long days and nights spent cramming for exams and right around the corner lies my first day of work at the local District Attorney’s office and my first day in court as an advocate! Anticipation for these two big Firsts got me thinking about another big first—the First Impression. Research shows that the first impression matters significantly and can be monumentally hard to change. So, whether it be the first 30 seconds or the first day in court or on the job, follow these four tips to finalize the first impression that…

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KatieDay

SAVE THE DATE! Join Ms. JD on June 11th for a Kendra Gives Back Party!

We're excited to announce that Ms. JD has partnered with Kendra Scott to host several Kendra Gives Back Parties on Sunday, June 11th! Enjoy sips and sweets while you shop for a cause. 20% of all proceeds will go to Ms. JD! Find a location near you and RSVP below! If there isn't a location near you, don't worry, Kendra Scott will be offering free shipping to anyone who calls in to a participating store to support Ms. JD! Locations Kendra Scott at the Summit Birmingham, AL Sunday, June 11 | 1pm-4pm CT RSVP Kendra Scott Bethesda Row Bethesda, MD Sunday, June…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Chats Recap: A How to Guide for Summer Associate Success with Grover Cleveland

Ms. JD Chats: Secrets for Baby Sharks - A How to Guide for Summer Associate Success with Grover Cleveland On Thursday, May 18th Ms. JD chatted with Grover E. Cleveland, as he shared the secrets to succeeding as a summer associate. Watch below to learn how to make yourself stand out, why you should treat the summer as one long interview, and so much more!  Have more questions for Grover? Email them to grover@lessonsforsharks.com or connect with Grover on Twitter @babysharklaw. The first 10 law students to submit questions will receive their own baby shark stress ball!  And you can read an excerpt from Grover's…

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V7sPBXa_rI

Tips for Developing a Successful Career from Women Who Have Done It

An upcoming article  by three women lawyers--the Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the former CEO of the D.C. Bar and a law partner who chairs the D.C. Pro Bono Committee--set forth 8 valuable tips for pursuing and advancing a successful and meaningful career. These remarkable women highlight the importance of harnessing your passion, getting the credit you deserve, taking charge of your professional development and building strong relationships inside and outside your organization. Take a moment to review the article and then reflect upon how you can take action and incorporate their advice into your own…

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tigsAATYl2

Gender Inequality In The Immigration Process

The problems facing women in the legal profession are well documented, from problems with workplace discrimination to the ongoing debate around being a working parent. The question of whether women can have it all is frequently uttered, to the point where it has almost lost all meaning. As a female law student, I’ve seen this all too frequently. What I wear to court is more likely to be criticised or highlighted, and I often find myself the subject of unwanted attention in professional situations. It shouldn’t happen, but it does, and we all have our own coping mechanisms for not…

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vatsaleisha

Take Two: The Journey to Retaking the Bar—New Job, New City, New Experiences

In my last post, I discussed tips for finding a job, and I can honestly say that one of those tips got me my job. Referrals. My friend referred me to the Human Resources Director of her employment, and two interviews later, I accepted a job as Recovery Specialist with the company. As a Recovery Specialist, my primary responsibility is recovering money for insurance companies for claims they paid for on behalf of their members. This job entails negotiating on the phone and a high volume of cases. Accepting this position meant I had to move eighty miles to a…

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natalieyello

Considering Law School? Don’t Forget To Do These Three Things

The decision to attend law school can be daunting and it often can feel like it is taking over your life. In order to stay sane, make sure you keep these three things in your mind and you will do just fine! Find Your Support System—Both In and Out of Law School You cannot complete law school with your sanity intact without a support system of some kind. I suggest having a support system both within and outside of law school. For me, I met my circle of girlfriends within the first months of law school and relied on them…

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thislawyerlife

How I Had a (Relatively) Stress-Free Summer Studying for the Bar

Now that I am a senior associate in a private law firm, the summer I spent studying for the bar exam feels like a lifetime ago. But when I recently looked back on those days of Barbri lectures, flashcards, and practice essays while chatting with a current law student, I found myself smiling at memories of that time! If that sounds bonkers to you, don’t worry, it did to me too at first. But after thinking about why I could reflect on the summer I spent studying for the bar with fondness, I realized I consistently engaged in some healthy…

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tammyzhu

Join the Conversation:  A Book Review of Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in 15 Suggestions

“When your children and grandchildren ask you what you did in the war against racial and gender inequality, what will you say?” – a mentor A recent study by The American Lawyer revealed that at our current rate, female equity partners will not reach 30 percent until 2081, and without extraordinary new efforts, parity remains only a distant possibility.   Currently, women make up about 47% of graduating law school classes and 45% of incoming Big Law associates but only 16% of equity partners.  This means that men make up only 55% of incoming Big Law associates but almost 85% of…

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nicolemoriniere

Fueling the Career Fire: Networking Events as Motivation

Even if you have your dream job, there are some days or weeks when your motivation can falter. Maybe you're distracted with other things going on in your personal life or you have to complete certain tasks that day or week that aren't the tasks you enjoy the most in your job. During these times, I find it helpful to find motivation and inspiration outside of myself and my work. I find one really good way to get inspired again is to attend events on a work-related or work-adjacent topic that I'm interested in, and that will also attract a…

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