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tammyzhu

Join the Conversation:  What if Alienation is Not a Universal Feeling?

It was neither preaching nor praying that made a better person of me, but one or two people who believed in me better than I deserved, and I hated to disappoint them.  I recently went to a holiday party where two white male law firm partners were asking each other why we see so many female associates leave big law starting around their fifth year and what firms can do to keep them.  They were concerned that women leave for reasons beyond the firms’ control, such as appealing in-house positions or to devote more time to parenthood.  I told them…

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Delania

Drive Your Journey: Driving in a New Direction

You are cruising along a path when you get to an intersection. At the intersection, you have the option to continue straight, take a left, or take a right. Path #1 will bring you exactly where you planned to go. It is a predictable path that many have driven. Path #2 may be a shortcut to the same destination as Path #1, but it is likely a tougher path. Path #3 will bring you on an entirely different journey with a different destination. Life is filled with decision-making moments. When it comes to choosing a path to take for your…

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jjembapa

Failure Turned Inside Out: The Path Most Traveled, Usually Isn’t Mine

Name: Camille Stewart Professional Title: Exiting Senior Policy Advisor for Cyber, Infrastructure & Resilience at the Department of Homeland Security in the Obama Administration Law School: American University Washington College of Law  Years Practicing Law: 6 Years Sector: Government Specialization: Policy, Cyber, and Intellectual Property Extra Tid Bit: “The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” –M. Scott…

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nicolemoriniere

Getting from A to B: Transitioning from Law to Tech

It took me about three months to complete my transition from law into legal tech, from the time I made the decision until I found and was hired at an exciting legal tech startup. During this time, I reached out to my network, did a lot of reading and attended numerous events.  Although I benefited from many resources during my search, I also found it more difficult given that I was going down a non-traditional career path for JDs. Hopefully, my experience can help provide an example of one way to transition from the traditional legal industry to a career in legal…

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alexislamb

The Road Less Traveled: Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark

Many entrepreneurs go through The Darkness - eating instant ramen, crashing in their parents' basement, remortgaging their house, fearing monthly cable bills or paying rent  -- before The Big Success Break, as do many who seek a transition to an alt-path.   While not all alternative legal careers involve entrepreneurship (though in later blog posts we'll speak with lawyers turned entrepreneurs), when it comes to our careers, we are our own entrepreneurs.  We are companies of one.  We are selling our labor and skills and that unique bit of ourselves that only we can offer.  We are convincing others to invest time, money, capital, and goodwill…

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Ms. Pre-JD: “Don’t Go to Law School!”

As an overenthusiastic pre-law student, I can be prone to mentioning that I want to go to law school. Every five seconds. When someone asks about my major, I tell them, but I quickly add, “and I want to go to law school, so it’s more for personal interest!” If anyone asks me about my courseload, I immediately inform them that the political science class is “to be more aware because I want to go to law school”, and that the reason I dropped that GPA-killing elective was because “I have to get into law school!” I don’t think I…

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Inspiring TED Talks for Law Students

As law students, our heads often get stuck in preparing for class, attending networking events, developing your “elevator pitch” and devising how to slaughter the Blue Book, etc. In doing so, we forget about the bigger picture of why we are here and what we came here to accomplish. Listening to TED Talks has helped ground me throughout this year and a half of law school. Here are some of my favorites for law students: Lawrence Lessig: Laws that choke creativity Lawrence Lessing argues for reviving our creative culture. While intellectual property law and digital innovation encourages incredible inventions, they…

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willierobinson04

Key Aspects to Consider When Choosing a Paralegal Program

Just as it is with any product, there is a specific criterion people follow when making a purchase. Things such as size, texture, cost, fit, and even reviews significantly contribute to the buying process. Even in choosing where to study for your paralegal education, you must bear in mind a number of important considerations such as the depth and breadth of courses, size of classes, class structure, tuition, and other aspects.  Below are some of the important elements to consider before putting your money in a certain institution to study a paralegal program.  Specialization The importance of specialization cannot be…

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BrookeFaulkner

Is Law School Worth The Investment?

In recent years, the worthiness of law school has come under much scrutiny. Influential figureheads left and right were crying everything from “it’s not worth it unless you get into a top school and graduate in the top 20%” to “it’s an outright scam!” The question now is whether or not any of this scrutiny is warranted. In the summer of 2016, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein even went so far as to say that “the most you get out of law school is debt.” However, he said in the very same interview that “Of course, you get a lot…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Chats: BUILD YOUR DREAM NETWORK with Kelly Hoey

If you think networking is about schmoozing at cocktail parties or sending a flurry of LinkedIn invites to people you don’t know, think again. Join Ms. JD on Friday, January 27th at 12:00pm PT for a live stream with investor and author, Kelly Hoey, as she provides innovative insights into strategies that will help you form genuine relationships and harness the power of your network to accomplish any goal, from advancing in your career or landing a coveted account to successfully attracting new clients. The strength of Kelly’s connections and networks explain how this former attorney pivoted to become a much…

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