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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Q: Everyone says that new lawyers should ask questions without worrying about being judged. But I know of lawyers who have gotten negative reactions to questions. What’s your advice about when to ask questions and when to keep quiet? A: New lawyers need to ask questions to learn. But as you recognize, there are exceptions to every rule. There are, in fact, questions to avoid. As with everything in law, you need to be strategic. Some lawyers recommend asking only "sensible" questions. But that doesn't provide much guidance. You should consider what to ask and who to ask – as well as how and when to ask. Here are some tips: 1.    What to ask. One reason lawyers want you to ask questions is to help prevent one of their most common fears. The…

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1L Diversity Scholarship

Arent Fox is seeking applications for its annual Diversity Scholarship Program. The New York office will award one first-year law student $20,000 ($10,000 to be awarded during their 1L summer, $5,000 to be awarded upon acceptance of an offer to return for their second summer and $5,000 to be awarded upon acceptance of an offer to join the firm as a full-time associate). This posting is for the New York scholarship opportunity. The New York scholarship recipient will join Arent Fox's 2017 Summer Associate Program and will work in the New York office for ten weeks this summer. The Firm will accept applications from December…

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That Pre-Law Millennial: Thank You, and See You Later

To all my dearest, fellow 2016 Ms. JD writers-in-residence: It's December! We've come to our final blog posts! My sincerest thanks for your wisdom and your friendship this year. What a joy and honor it has been to get to know you all. In particular, I'd like to give shoutouts to: Gloria, our amazing #MsJDWIR Program Director, for your endless patience and for keeping all of us organized (herding cats!) Delida, for coming all the way to Columbia University (!) to chat with and inspire our group of pre-law undergrads  Julie, for your constant encouragement, and the spot-on advice in your column—which…

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Ms. JD Book Review: The Associate’s Handbook by Francisco Ramos

The Associate’s Handbook, written by Francisco Ramos, is a resource for aspiring trial lawyers. In this article I will outline the handbook, and summarize the material provided in each section.  I will include my personal opinion on the subject matter and whether I find it applicable to the modern day lawyer.  The sections I will cover include: Starting Out, Attorney Marketing, and Trying Every Case. Starting Out Ramos suggests that all new attorneys starting out focus on self-improvement, becoming your own CEO, improving your writing, and finding a mentor.  Ramos finds it imperative that you take charge of your career…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Chats: Law Firm 1L Programs

First year hiring is open! Join Ms. JD and our panel of esteemed lawyers and diversity professionals on Thursday, December 15th at 3:00 PM ET for a discussion of their law firm's 1L hiring programs, including their specific diversity programs. Wondering if you've got a shot at a law firm job as a 1L student? Don't know anything about 1L hiring? Ms. JD and our panel of experts from firms with 1L Summer Programs are here to help!  They'll give you the tips and tricks for making your application stand out and tell you more about their successful programs.  Have…

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What Does Donald Trump Think About Female Professionals?

Like him or dislike him, there is a lot to be said about President-Elect Donald Trump. While surprising pollsters and many in the business community, there is no doubt that it has been a tumultuous election year in the United States. It is one that has polarized urban and suburban Americans, arguably contributed to some (what we hope are) misunderstandings along the lines of rights for same-sex partners, and issues of race, income, and religion.  While comments from the new President-Elect have often led to inflammatory interpretations by the media, particularly along the lines of women’s rights (e.g., Planned Parenthood)…

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Soldier On: Boot Camp to Law School – Secret, and Not-So-Secret Interview Tips

  Normally, my monthly column translates valuable military skills into practical advice for succeeding in law school. This month, however, I want to stray just a bit. Instead, I want to share tips that will help you land and nail interviews. I have parents, law career development counselors, and mentors to thank for these nuggets of wisdom. Decide which tips you want to adopt. Use your time during school to develop your own “interview preparation list.” Then, when the time comes, you will be ready to crush that interview. I’ll focus primarily on the time “Before the Interview,” and just…

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Why blogs?

The legal world, especially for women, can sometimes be very lonely. At least I know it is for me. Unlike many of my fellow law students or legal professionals, becoming a lawyer was not a likely career path for me. No one in my family has ever gone to law school. When I was growing up, my family never talked about law or politics around the dinner table. Law was also not the path my parents would have chosen for me. As immigrants from Asia, they envisioned a different life for me. A few weeks ago, when I told my…

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7 Life Lessons I’m Thankful Law School Taught Me

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to thank law school for teaching me so many life lessons in the past 27 months. Now that I’ll be graduating in 6 months, it’s time to look back and be thankful for the lessons that I learned in probably one of the emotionally draining, academically challenging but also fulfilling times of my life.    You’re not “JUST” anything – In the past year and half, I told a female lawyer at a huge bank and a male criminal court judge that I was “just a law student.” Their response: “you’re just not…

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Great mobile apps for legal superstars

Working in law is a challenging and often difficult experience, that can be made easier with the use of some awesome mobile tools. There are a lot of apps that can help you do simple things, which make your life much easier. Here are five of my favourites! Evernote Scannable A lawyer can rarely walk two steps without encountering another important document to file. Evernote Scannable is an amazing tool which allows you to point your camera at a document (anything with writing), capturing the image and automatically cropping and editing it. Amazingly, it is even capable of removing creases…

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