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Ms. JD Pre-Law: “Table of Contents”

Hello and welcome to Ms. JD Pre-Law! Our goal is to serve as a resource to, and build a supportive community of, pre-law women around the country. Whether you're a college freshman just starting to develop an interest in the legal profession, or if you already know that you're going to law school this Fall—we have something for you! In addition to organizing in-person events, we also regularly post interviews and other articles on the wider Ms. JD blog. The list below serves as a helpful index, with links to all the Ms. JD Pre-Law articles in one place. I…

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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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Ms. JD Pre-Law: Interview with J.Y. Ping, founder of 7Sage and PreProBono

Today's Ms. JD Q&A is with J.Y. Ping, an educator and social entrepreneur who founded 7Sage and PreProBono. J.Y. has a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA from Columbia University. J.Y., you're the founder of 7Sage, which provides affordable online LSAT test prep. For example, you offer an LSAT Starter course, containing your entire core curriculum, for just $179, and your most expensive course is $749—a fraction of what test prep companies typically charge. What inspired your mission to "liberate and democratize education"? J.Y.: One thing that inspired me was when I realized that statements like “X is…

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NYC Bar “Launching Your Career” Week 2: Networking and Finding a Mentor

At the second installment of this year's Launching Your Career seminar series by the New York City Bar, our cohort of pre-law undergraduates and recent graduates had the opportunity to hear about networking and finding a mentor from Janine Pollack and Regina Calcaterra, partners at Wolf Haldenstein, before immediately practicing those tips in a "speed networking" event with practicing attorneys. One of our pre-law participants, Kamya Arora, reflected after the event: "I took a lot away from both Janine and Regina's presentations today. Their personal stories of growth especially struck me as inspiring. They reminded me that learning never stops—even…

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Ms. JD Pre-Law: Interview with Elina Tetelbaum, Corporate Associate at Wachtell Lipton

Our interview today is with Elina Tetelbaum, a Corporate Associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Elina graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and Yale Law School, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Yale Journal on Regulation and editor of the Yale Law Journal, and was a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow for New Americans. After law school, Elina clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Hello Lina! Thanks so much for joining us on the Ms. JD Pre-Law blog! I've heard you speak about your experience as a corporate lawyer…

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Ms. JD Pre-Law: Interview with Monica Parks, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator at the NY City Bar

Today’s interview is with Monica Parks, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator at the New York City Bar Association. Monica graduated from the University of Maryland College Park in 2014, with a B.A. in English Language and Literature. Hi Monica! I’ve seen your name in New York City Bar Association emails for the last two years, so I was really excited to finally meet you in-person at the “Launching Your Career” seminar series! How and when did you decide to pursue a role in Diversity and Inclusion?  Monica: I started working at the City Bar as an assistant in the Executive Director’s…

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Center for WorkLife Law

This week is “Interview Week” at my school, during which several of my classmates will be interviewing for associate level positions while many others interview for summer internships. Implicit bias in interviewing and hiring has been an interest of mine for some time, but it seems even more relevant around this time of year. As I was researching however, it became apparent to me that eradicating implicit bias in hiring practices means nothing without an overall system that supports both women and people of color once they enter the workplace and keeps them there. This is how I discovered the…

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Join the Conversation:  Who Competes Against Us and What to Do About It?

Recent research reveals that we know who at work likes us, but not who competes against us.  One study surveyed sales associates at a car dealership, where the sales associates cooperated in bringing in customers and making handoffs when needed, but also competed against each other for sales.  Each salesperson was asked questions to measure their feelings of liking, e.g. “How much do you like each of your colleagues?”  Each salesperson was also asked questions to measure their feelings of competition, e.g. “How much do you see each of your colleagues as a rival?”  Finally, each salesperson was asked questions…

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Insecure at Work: Being Authentically You Without “Switching It Up”

A friend of mine introduced me to the HBO hit Insecure and it became my Sunday guilty pleasure. For those who have not seen it, Issa Rae stars as Issa, a black woman who works at a non-profit and spends most of the season re-evaluating her career and love life. Her best friend Molly, played by Yvonne Orji, is a black woman navigating Biglaw who is also struggling in the dating world. In one scene, Molly’s law firm partner approaches her about talking to the new summer associate who is an outspoken black woman named Rasheeda. The more seasoned lawyers…

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Why Should Women Lawyers Have to Ask?

Two things converged for me in the last week, as they rarely do.  For starters, I have been writing a speech on women lawyers as effective negotiators for a conference of health care lawyers later this month.  In that speech, which focuses on the fact that women lawyers can be very effective negotiators on behalf of others but are not so effective in negotiations for themselves, I discuss some of the profound reasons for this disparity, which are cemented in cultural, societal and gender-based learned behaviors.  I have developed this particular presentation as part of the Best Friends at the…

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