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jessie

OCI didn’t pan out. Now what?

By now, most of the 2Ls who will get a firm job through on-campus interviewing have a finished at least the first if not the second round of interviews and know the outcome of the process. If you have more than one offer and are struggling to make a choice, I recommend reading this.If you have less than one offer and are struggling to stay calm, read on.  Now that you're no longer of the conveyor belt from career services to big law you'll have to think for yourself about what you want to do and how you'll get to…

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Jennifer Guenther

Fall Recruiting-What Every Law Student Should Know (A Special Installment from the Desk of a Working Mom)

I have done recruiting for my law firm for seven years now, first doing the call-back interviews, then OCI (on campus interviews), and now as the co-chair of the committee for final summer hires.  There are always those students who stand out, who have top grades and an engaging personality that make them hot commodities for any law firm.  But good grades or a good personality alone do not make a great candidate.  There are other ways to make you stand out in an interview and be memorable for all the right reasons. As a law student, I remember the frustration…

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jessie

A Bad Letter of Recommendation Can Kill Your Application to Law School. Well Duh.

Today Kaplan released the results of their survey of law school admissions officers (75% of whom were women, by the way).  No huge surprises: Grades and LSAT scores are the key ingredients to being considered and a bad letter of recommendation is enough to get you tossed from the pile.  Here's a stat that caught my attention though: 87% of those surveyed say they have received a negative letter of recommendation about an applicant. In the words of kindergarten teachers everywhere, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all!"  I mean seriously, who are all these…

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jessie

Basic Interviewing Tips for 2Ls in the Job Hunt

In the fall of my junior year of college I started thinking about applying to law school - Columbia had a "3-3 program" and if I wanted to attend I had to apply that fall.  So one day at lunch early in the semester I walked over to the law school with a couple friends just to check it out.  When we got there everyone was wearing black suits and I quickly determined Columbia Law was not for me.  Little did I know, it was on-campus interviewing week.Yes folks, it's everyon'es favorite time of year: time for BigLaw recruiting interviews. …

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jessie

Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program

Each year the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (WLPPFP) at the Georgetown University Law Center offers fellowship positions providing educational and professional development opportunities for attorneys who are dedicated to using their legal talents to advance women's rights.  The Fellowship focuses on a 12 month work experience, where fellows work on women's legal issues with a public interest organization, a governmental agency, or as a clinical teaching fellow at Georgetown Law. The Program is accepting applications through Monday, November 1, 2010.  This is an amazing opportunity for an aspiring academic or women's rights advocate. Good luck!

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LWhitcher

Grade Inflation Should Not Lead to Ego Inflation

The New York Times reported last week that Loyola Law School will not only be changing their grading system to make it more lenient, but it will add 0.333 to every grade recorded in the last few years.  The goal is to make its students look more attractive in a competitive job market.  Who can blame them?  In last two years, the Times reports that at least 10 law schools have made similar changes to their grading systems to make them more lenient, including New York University, Georgetown, and the University of California, Los Angeles. I don’t doubt that grade inflation…

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jessie

Confidence: Fake It ‘til You Make It

I've been thinking about confidence ever since WILL last week. As I've mentioned, there was a lot of talk on the judiciary panel about confidence or at least the appearance of it. Similarly the folks on the Attributes of a Leader panel focused on decisiveness, a skill I think has a lot to do with confidence. So then what to make of the Kaplan survey finding that 52% of students are very confident about their job prospects but only 16% are optimistic about their classmates' chances? Above the Law labeled this hubris and made fun of these kids. But I…

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Ms. JD

Announcing the 2010 Ms. JD Fellowship

Ms. JD is pleased to announce the Ms. JD Fellowship program, which will select 20 of the most promising second-year law students in the country and provide them with one-on-one career mentorship from the nation's most accomplished female attorneys. Who Are The Mentors? Fellowship mentors will be assigned to the Fellows from among the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession's alumnae of commissioners and Margaret Brent Award Winners. The list includes U.S. Circuit Court judges and state Supreme Court justices, general counsels from the Fortune 500, managing partners from the nation's largest law firms, and leading professors and practitioners…

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Ms. JD

Anapata Student Scholarship Deadline Today!

Ms. JD is pleased to announce its partnership with Anapata, the first diversity recruiting and networking platform for the legal profession. “Ms. JD is the ideal partner for Anapata; our two organizations not only share the same vision for advancing diversity, but also our strengths are highly complimentary, ” said Ooshma Garg, Anapata founder and CEO. To get things started, we're thrilled to help promote Anapata's Diversity Scholarship Contest. The 2010 Anapata Diversity Scholars Program Anapata is proud to announce the 2010 Anapata Scholars Program. Anapata will name each Anapata Scholar via the Anapata Diversity Scholarship Contest. Each Anapata Scholar…

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Anonymous

The Silent Type of Feminist

Feminist Legal Theory, a blog written by students at the University of California, recently published a post by one woman law student who edited "feminism" out of her resume in an effort to be more competitive in the interviewing process. This summer, as I organized my materials for on campus interviews, the thought of editing “feminism” out of my resume never occurred to me. When the first round of interviews was announced, I was shocked. I wasn’t invited to interview with a single firm. I cursed King Hall and Career Services and contemplated dropping out of law school. At the…

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