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katemort

First Couple of Days- Created 5/24

I have now been in Durban for three days. I have yet to start working, so these first days have been my adjustment period. At first I was somewhat hesitant to put off en starting work, but I am glad that I took this time to get things figured out a little bit and get settled. So far South Africa has been interesting. I was in Cape Town about four years ago for a week visiting a friend and despite that being a short experience, I saw enough to know that Durban is very different. There were times in Cape…

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katemort

05/19/08- Day Before Departure to Durban

[Ed. comment: Over the course of the summer, Ms. JD will be featuring updates from a blogger's work with the Legal Aid Board of South Africa in Durban. This is the first post in a series of posts that will track this work.]So Susan and I leave for South Africa tomorrow. I will be working at the Legal Aid Board of South Africa in Durban with the Washington University in Saint Louis program. There is a lot of excitement and anxiety going on. I'm finding that I have the combined nerves of going to another country for three months and…

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Anna

A quick update on some Ms. JD projects

Busy week for Ms. JD! This is just a quick update--more later. We'll be announcing the winners of our work/life balance essay contest this week, so check back. We've also begun interviewing prospective Ms. JD legal interns, so if you are interested, apply ASAP before the position is filled for this summer. Meanwhile we're working hard in the run-up to the Ms. JD national leadership summit, which will be held in NYC this Friday and Saturday, April 4-5. We have about 100 law students coming to town from more than 50 schools in 30+ states. Each delegate has been selected…

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Anna

Paid legal internship available at Ms. JD [summer job search]

Ms. JD is seeking responsible and self-motivated law students who have just finished their first or second years of law school to intern for at least ten weeks in the summer of 2008. A $3,500 stipend will be provided.Here is a complete job description. If you are ready to apply for the position, please complete this law clerk application online. A resume, cover letter, and writing sample are required along with three professional references, at least two of whom should be a law professor or previous employer. Here's a review of the job from last summer's Ms. JD law clerk...…

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jessie

Clerkship Applications: 2Ls start your engines

No this is not a post encouraging you to break the rules and apply early. But just because your clerkship application isn't due until the fall of your 3L year doesn't mean you don't need to think about it now. A clerkship application consists of a cover letter, resume, transcript, writing sample and letter of recommendation. They all require forethought. Here are the steps 2Ls need to take now to be well positioned to apply next year:Transcript: Yes you need strong grades, but that's not all. Try and take challenging classes, i.e. not too many "Law ands." (No judgment here…

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Milan D. Smith Jr

Wanted for Judicial Clerkships: Women with More Law Review Credentials

My eldest daughter, Tiffany Smith, who is now a third year law student at the University of Utah, recently alerted me to the formation of Ms. JD and its mission. I write to share some of my recent personal experiences and to applaud your efforts. I was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 16, 2006 as United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and took my oath of office on June 30, 2006. The oath was administered to me by Chief Judge Mary M. Schroeder, who, herself, was given a…

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contemplateIT

The Strategic Clerkship Application

I am the first person in my immediate and extended family to attend law school. So, I had no idea that judicial clerkships existed, let alone that my application was being shaped the minute I walked into my first law school class. By the time I’d figured out what a clerkship is, that I wanted a clerkship, and what I needed to do to get one, I was well into my second year of law school and getting ready to put the actual applications together. I still managed to land a clerkship, but now I realize I could have been…

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Mack

Adjudication Without Representation?  Panel Discusses High Court’s Clerks

Diversity among the Supreme Court’s clerks was the subject of a panel recently at New York University School of Law. Inspired by an article that appeared at the start of this year’s term (Linda Greenhouse, Women Suddenly Scarce Among Justices’ Clerks, N.Y. TIMES, Aug. 30, 2006, at A3), students in Law Women, the Latino Law Students Association, and the South Asian Law Student Association, with the support of the Coalition for Legal Recruiting, decided to put together a night to address diversity on the Court. The panel featured five former Supreme Court clerks: Professor Cristina Rodríguez (Justice O’Connor), Professor Rachel…

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Anonymous

Mujeres en la justicia

By Sina, a 2L at Yale Law School Do not be fooled by appearance. That is the first lesson Buenos Aires, Argentina taught this chica. Sure, I was enchanted by the large luscious steaks, the ubiquitous fine wine, the gorgeous people, and stately buildings. I wanted to believe in a place where a five course dinner costs 30 pesos (US$15) and where I could spend all afternoon in a spa, exit manicured, waxed, and massaged for less than 18 pesos (US$6). But in the end, sometimes the sweet smell is exactly what tells you something has gone terribly sour. For…

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Anonymous

The UN as a Family-Friendly Employer

By a Second-Year Law Student This summer I am working as an intern at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague, the Netherlands. Although I am just working in one of the isolated ad hoc Tribunals, my understanding is that UN policy is universally applicable. Therefore, I imagine that my experience here could be representative of other UN branches. However, this information is the kind to be taken with a grain of salt, since I myself have not actually had the experience of navigating the bureaucracy while having a family. After all, it isn’t really…

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