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Failure Turned Inside Out: You Are Your Own Competition

Name: Zoe Kasujja Professional Title: Student Law School: Nottingham Law School NTU Year in Law School: 2nd Specialization: LLB in International Law Plans to Use Your Law Degree: Zoe intends to use her legal degree as a foundational degree and add onto it by also obtaining a Master’s degree in international affairs and human rights. I took my talents across the pond. From the quick facts above you can probably tell that this month’s feature is not about a licensed attorney, but instead about a young woman just beginning her legal education. What you may not be able to tell, however,…

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5 Legal Career Opportunities To Consider

Not everyone who studies law decides to go the traditional route of becoming a lawyer. Some people who do eventually feel burnout from the job, which is very high-pressure. This doesn’t mean that your great education and your interest in the law have to go to waste. You can always lend your knowledge and expertise to a less conventional legal career that will feel just as fulfilling – especially if it crosses over with another area of your personal interests. 1. Legal Assistant/Assistant Paralegal A legal assistant or paralegal performs specific legal work that is the responsibility of a lawyer. Legal assistants or paralegals…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Investment Advice for Young Women Lawyers

Investment advisor!  The title alone makes most of us shutter, and typically the individual advisor evokes a similar response.  Not that they are bad people, but it is often a bad subject for us.  So, the advisor gets associated with the advice.  And, when the news is bad, it can be very bad.  Something and someone you do not want to think about. As women, we sometimes shy away from this kind of "boring" financial dialogue on subjects like saving, prioritizing and budgeting.  After all, we like to keep things moving and exciting ...... not get bogged down so that…

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BiglawInvestor

How to Beat the Student Loan Debt Monster

Every time I look up the statistics, the average lawyer is graduating with more student loan debt. If you’ve graduated law school in the past three years, chances are pretty high that you’re dealing with a significant student loan burden. I have readers write to me fairly frequently with questions about how to handle their debt. It’s no longer surprising when I come across a couple with a combine debt load of $350,000 or higher. This makes me feel pretty lucky to have only incurred $190,000 of debt myself and, more importantly, to have paid it back and banished student loans from…

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Samikk

Why Dread Laws When You Can Make Your Buddy?

This is a universal truth that a ruler is always needed by human culture. With no leader, no civilization can exist. When the leader becomes feeble even the largest civilization breaks. The human beings had been ruled by every potential being in the past. They've been ruled by kings, queens, dictators, Bishops, Priests, Prophets, dacoits, thugs, communists or chosen reps. However the rulers were persons whom we identify and might understand. The modern world is dominated by Laws instead of human beings. Many civilized countries just take pride in claiming they got the rule of law as opposed to the…

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Ms.JD: Stronger Together

"Ms. JD is focused this year on how we can all be Stronger Together.  What does being Stronger Together mean to you in the public interest context?  What does it mean for your public interest pursuits?" In a speech, former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton explained that, “[w]e are stronger together, in facing our internal challenges and our external ones.” For me, in the public interest context, this means breaking down barriers which prevent marginalized groups and minority communities from succeeding— pushing for criminal justice reform, ensuring that small businesses thrive, tackling homelessness, mental health, and domestic violence—while building communities that work for everyone…

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NYC Bar “Launching Your Career” Week 4: Legal Writing

On March 22nd, pre-law students participating in the New York City Bar's Launching Your Career seminar series heard from Grace Pickering (Director of Legal Education at Legal Outreach & Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School) and Van Ann Bui (Director, Law Program at Sponsors for Educational Opportunity).   Students had many notes and questions for Grace during and after her detailed presentation on “Legal Writing: An Introduction.” Van Ann’s segment regarding personal statement essay-writing for law school applications was equally engaging; it garnered plenty of questions from students, and even took the discussion into over-time. At the start of the night, Grace explained the court…

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Pre-Law Q&A: Evelyn Mau, Pre-Law Senior at Hunter College

In this “Pre-Law Q&A” series, Ms. JD Pre-Law speaks to pre-law students around the country. Joining us today is Evelyn Mau, a Class of 2017 undergraduate majoring in linguistics and rhetoric, and Chinese literature at Hunter College, The City University of New York. Hello Evelyn! Thank you for taking the time to chat with the Ms. JD Pre-Law blog. To start, can you tell us a bit about yourself—for instance, where did you grow up, and what are you majoring in? Evelyn: Thank you for the invite! I was born and raised in Brooklyn by first-generation Chinese immigrants. My parents…

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NYC Bar “Launching Your Career” Week 3: Office Etiquette

​ This week, the pre-law students participating in the New York City Bar's Launching Your Seminar series had the opportunity to hear from Sarah E. O'Connell, Senior Counsel at Norton Rose Fulbright. Sarah was engaging, warm and funny—and gave our students delightfully no-nonsense, straightforward advice about the mindset it takes to succeed in a corporate setting. Some of her advice included: Write your own "blank." When you are new to an environment and people don't really know you, they will tend to judge you quickly: "Oh you know, Richard, he's the one who ___________." You have be intentional about filling in that blank the way you want,…

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Pre-Law Opportunity: Internship with the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY)

Hi Ms. JD Pre-Law! Do check out this summer internship opportunity with the Asian American Bar Association of New York:  What? The Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) represents the interests of New York Asian-American attorneys, judges, law professors, legal professionals, legal assistants or paralegals and law students. Its mission is to improve the study and practice of law, and the fair administration of justice for all by ensuring the meaningful participation of Asian-Americans in the legal profession. AABANY’s Legal Internship Program supports Asian-American students, law clerks and lawyers interested in the legal profession to develop a commitment to advocacy…

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