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What No One Tells You Before You Go To Law School: Big Brother is Watching!

I’m not saying this to make you paranoid, but – in law school – anything you say can (and will) be used against you. Particularly if you say it publicly!This can play out in a number of different ways: How will your classmates remember you? What sort of reputation are you building for yourself in law school? Are you the competent, friendly person who stays calm in the face of pressure? Or are you the nitwit who raises your hand in every, single class to talk about your experiences “working on the Hill” (as in, your three month college internship in…

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Ms. JD International Scholar Update: Joaninne Nanyange

Editor's Note: Joaninne Nanyange is a 2010 Ms. JD International Scholar studying law at Makerere University in Uganda thanks to the Global Eduction Fund.  Joaninne reports:Last semester’s holiday was very welcome since we had resumed it after a break of just two weeks. I looked forward to it and when it finally came, it got me very excited. I went home immediately and I could not wait to live a time table free life. About three weeks into the holiday I started missing my friends and hustle bustle of campus life.There was nothing much I was doing except domestic chores and…

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One essential trait of a leader is ... INITIATIVE

Editor's Note: This post was submitted in response to Ms. JD's She Leads essay prompt: "One Essential Trait of a Leader is ..." Ms. JD: She Leads will take place October 5, 2012 in Washington, DC and will feature keynote speeches from Marne Levine, the VP of Global Public Policy at Facebook and the DQs.  To learn more about Ms. JD: She Leads and to register, click here.As a current WCL student, I find it appropriate that this year’s She Leads conference is being held at the first ever law school in America to be founded by and for females.…

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alisonmonahan

What No One Tells You Before You Go To Law School: They Really Are Speaking Greek (Okay, Latin)

Have you ever tried to learn a foreign language by immersion? I have, and I’m terrible at it! A few summers ago, I had a meltdown in a Barcelona shoe store (after making myself understood) and ended up buying shoes that were too small, just to get out of the store before I started crying. And, yes, every time I try to wear these shoes I’m reminded of the event. It’s pretty annoying. Welcome to LegalLandWell, law school’s a lot like foreign language immersion. It’s totally normal to feel like you don’t understand much of anything, and always say the…

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Emily Rock

Montessori 1L: Finding the Right Balance

Yesterday, a classmate said she had a question for me.  She said I’d be interested in the topic because I’m into women’s rights issues, and then she prefaced her question with “Now, I’m no feminist, but…”  She went on to explain that at several top law schools, the percentage of women who get onto the flagship journal is as low as 20%.  “Doesn’t that just make your blood boil?”  I had to bite my tongue, because the response that first came to mind was not entirely sincere.  What really made my blood boil was the caveat “I’m no feminist.”  This…

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8 Ways to Be Productive During Your Law School Summers

School is out and ideally you would like to find yourself lying on a beach somewhere, spending the entire summer resting up from the marathon of a year that you endured. Reality has it that you really cannot afford to spend your summer lounging around. You can use the summer to get ahead, make your mark, and forge connections within the legal community. If you failed to network during the school year, summer is the perfect time to flex your social muscles. Here are 8 Ways to Be Productive Over Your Law School Summers: 1. Connect with all or most of…

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What No One Tells You Before You Go to Law School: It Helps to Know What Job You Want on Day One

Editors Note: Ms. JD is pleased to be sharing some of our favorite posts about success in law school as part of our commitment to helping you start the school year off right.  If you're enjoying these tips, sign up for Ms. JD's National Women Law Students Organization.  You'll get Ms. JD's top blog posts delivered to your inbox every Friday, special notification about Ms. JD events in your area, and a once-monthly newsletter designed specifically for law students all for free! To join, click here.When I went to law school, I thought I’d have a good couple of years…

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Emily Rock

Montessori 1L: Law School and the Busy Trap

Tim Kreider wrote an insightful piece last week on “The Busy Trap,” and while his peer group isn’t mine (mostly because his peers are out of school and somewhat closer to the real world than mine), the piece resonated with my law school experience. The essay opens: "If you live in America in the 21st century you’ve probably had to listen to a lot of people tell you how busy they are. It’s become the default response when you ask anyone how they’re doing: “Busy!” “So busy.” “Crazy busy.” It is, pretty obviously, a boast disguised as a complaint." As…

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Join Us For Twitter Chats!

Alison Monahan, founder of The Girl's Guide to Law School, and co-founder with Lee Burgess of the Law School Toolbox & Bar Exam Toolbox, brings us a new tool from her toolbox: Twitter chats!The inaugural Twitter chat was held on June 13, 2012, and covered the topic of law school, including the following questions: What do you wish you'd known about law school? What surprised you? What made law school classes challenging? Can you survive being cold-called when you don't know the answer? What kind of summer prep is helpful?You can read the full transcript of the Twitter chat HERE.The second Twitter…

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Ms. JD Announces the 2012 Ms. JD Fellows

Ms. JD has awarded Fellowships to 11 law students. Fellows were selected based on their academic performance, leadership, and dedication to advancing the status of women in the profession.  The winners reflect a full range of diverse interests and backgrounds, with women pursuing opportunities in public interest, academia, and private sector in every region of the country.  More than half of the recipients come from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in the legal profession.  The 2012 Ms. JD Fellowship Winners are: Joanne Caceres, Harvard Law School Kristen Corpion, Berkeley Law Maya Diamant Lentz, Northwestern University Law School Lauren Fried,…

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