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Ms. Pre-JD: How Important is ‘Fun’?

At a panel hosted by the Columbia Undergraduate Law Review, I had a chance to hear from two attorneys and a law school student about their respective professional journeys. All three, unsurprisingly, commented that law school was challenging and fulfilling. They also all found that they owed their success to a degree of good fortune during their undergraduate, law school, or job searching years, something that I’m sure we all hope to experience. Surprisingly, though, they all also remarked that their undergraduate years could have done with more of one thing: Fun. Of course, different internships or classes may have…

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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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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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Empowering Today’s women: Tips on Being the Best Lawyer

We see them every day, particularly on TV shows where we witness them shouting at the accused of some crimes committed. We are fascinated by the fact that these people are mostly women and become symbols of authority and power. Who are these people? Viola Davis stars as criminal defense lawyer Annalise Keating in ABC Studio’s hit series, How to Get Away With Murder, is an example of how sleek and cunning a lawyer can be. She is smart, witty, and always 3 or 4 steps ahead of having the edge over against any that dare to confront her. With…

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How long do I need to study for the LSAT?

The LSAT is an important factor in law school admissions and their financial aid decisions. Many experts suggest that a minimum pace of 10 hours per week for at least two to three months should help you accumulate the basic skills you’ll need for the LSAT. Any less than this, you can sell yourself short on meeting the admissions targets of the schools that you want to attend. Others advise studying for up to a year. More than anything, you’ll need to maintain a steady, consistent pace along with your other responsibilities as opposed to “binge” studying. In short, there’s…

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What is the LSAT? And where do I start?

What is the LSAT? The LSAT is a standardized test required by most law schools (although not all) that is used, along with other factors, to determine admission, similar to how colleges use the SAT and ACT. It is administered four times a year in February, June, September/October and December. You can only take the LSAT three times in two years, and LSAT scores remain on record for five years. Unlike other tests, the LSAT is not based on memorization, but rather a measure of “acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills” based on three different sections: Logical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension,…

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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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Pragmatic Ideas for Ways to Spend the Rest of the 3L Year

Law school graduation is less than two months away for third-year students. Here are some ideas – maybe needlessly pragmatic ones – on how to spend the rest of the last semester at law school, in addition to school work, graduation, and bar trip planning. 1. Hone your legal research skills What we learned in law school in three years is undoubtedly only a tip of an iceberg, especially when it comes to real life legal practice, and therefore conducting legal research would perhaps consume a big chunk of our time when we have to acquire and update legal knowledge.…

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New Positions Available for Ms. JD’s NWLSO Leadership Council!

Ms. JD is home to the National Women Law Students’ Organization (NWLSO), a national organization dedicated to connecting and empowering women law students.  Through NWLSO, Ms. JD connects with existing women’s law student organizations and helps create NWLSO chapters and affiliates on law school campuses. More information on NWLSO and the resources it provides is available here. To further the development of women law students and the leadership pipeline, Ms. JD is expanding NWLSO by establishing a NWLSO Leadership Council that will provide national leadership opportunities for law students dedicated to advancing women in the law. All positions will function as…

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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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