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15 Things You Didn’t Know About NWLSO Leadership Council Member L. Candice Isaac

My favorite sport is tennis. My favorite color is blue. My favorite pizza is BBQ chicken on thin crust. I was born in the capital city of Trinidad and Tobago. I like learning new things. It’s an opportunity to grow as an individual and I can never pass on that. Knowledge, truly is power. My favorite short story is “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. My favorite TV show is Seinfeld. I became a U.S. citizen a few years ago and finally got to participate in the presidential election process. I am a first-generation college and professional school student. My favorite book is…

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Sappho

Reflections Before Moving Forward

Happy New Year! Welcome to what I hope will be an exciting year as we move forward and say good-bye to the good and bad moments of 2016. As for me, 2016 was an interesting year. After traveling a twisty road, I graduated with my law degree in May 2016.  Through careful deliberation, I made the difficult choice to postpone taking the bar exam until July 2017 as the State Bar will be switching to the Uniform Bar Exam. I applied for many employment opportunities in nonprofits and state and local governments, was rejected by many, and received several interviews. Undeterred,…

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Ms. Pre-JD: Unsolicited Advice from an Undergrad

Welcome to 2017! Even though January 1st isn’t inherently more meaningful than any other day of the year, I think it’s useful to use the turn of the year as a time of reflection on our past goals and preparation for our new, or continuing, ones. I figured that to start off the year right, I would offer some advice that you didn’t want (or, most likely, need). I’d like to think that, by again not fulfilling my new year’s resolutions, I have once and for all learned the importance of committing to my goals. This probably isn’t true, and come…

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Delania

Drive Your Journey: Navigating Changes to Your Course

For a host of reasons, one of the (worst) questions we get asked as children is, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Although it is fine to have children develop goals, this question also starts to set an expectation in young minds that they should know exactly what they want to do. While some people know at the age of six exactly what they want to be when they grow up and take the necessary steps to create the career of their dreams, the rest of us generally fall into one of two categories (the latter…

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Accepting Discomfort

The fact that I will be graduating from law school in a few months is beginning to sink in, and has also caused me to reflect on my time in law school thus far. Although I shudder to think back on the life altering and all-consuming time of my life called 1L, I realize that that time prepared me for what would become the beginning of life outside of my comfort zone. Living in a new city and adjusting to a completely new routine were just some of the changes that accompanied starting law school at UCLA. I also found…

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jchinnadurai

Not fLAWless but Fearless: Finding the Good in Goodbye

Let’s face it: goodbyes are rarely good in the moment. They’re hard. They force us to change, to grow, to move on – and none of that is ever easy, no matter how necessary it might be. You’re supposed to get better at saying goodbye over time, it’s supposed to become easier the more that you do it, but I’ve found the exact opposite to be true for me. Perhaps I’ve just become a “softy” over the years, but I used to be pretty tough about goodbyes, using a very minimalist approach. I remember my swift decision in 6th grade…

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Kellyn McGee

Turning the Page: It Isn’t As Scary

As 2016 moves rapidly towards its end, so does this yearlong snapshot into the lives of the “Alumna and the 1L.”  Kayley, the alumna, is a year and a half out of law school and has been a member of the Georgia Bar for almost that long.  Zandrill, the now-2L, is officially halfway through law school.  I caught up with the two of them at another great Savannah restaurant (and boutique), Cohen's Retreat. I asked them what was different in their law-related lives now than a year ago.  “It isn’t as scary,” offered Kayley about being a brand-new lawyer. She…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Chats Recap: Law Firm 1L Programs

On December 15th, Ms. JD sat down with a panel of esteemed lawyers and diversity professionals for a discussion of their law firm's 1L hiring programs, including their specific diversity programs. Watch the recording below for the inside scoop on the hiring process, making your application stand out, and much more! Learn more about the participating firms and their 1L programs! Fish & Richardson Latham & Watkins Munger, Tolles & Olsen White & Case

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Marybeth.Herald

Your Brain, Law School, and Law Practice:  Mind Your Stress Levels

I invited you in January to get to know your brain better.  If you have been following my relationship guide this year, you may know a bit more about how your brain learns, thinks fast, acts out of habit, and buckles under situational pressure.   But it is December – my last post -  and we have only scratched the surface of that complex jumble of neurons. Yikes, under this time pressure, I better get to an important subject – stress.  Stress and the Law Exams, deadlines, and holiday pressures, not to mention events in the larger universe can cause feelings…

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Life in the Law School Lane: The Top 5 Things I’ve Learned in Law School

Do you ever find yourself in a situation in which you aren’t quite sure how you got there? Well, that’s me right now. It’s December of 3L, classes have ended, and the only things preventing me from going back to New York for Winter Break are a few final examinations (two of which “I don’t have to study for” – professor’s words, not mine). I started off my Writer-in-Residence term describing law school as a whirlwind experience, and 11 months later, I couldn’t agree more. In the span of 28 months, I’ve taken countless classes (actually I probably could have…

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