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Tips for Feeling Your Best Self as a First Year Law Student

Starting law school is an exciting and important step in the direction of your blossoming legal career.  Setting yourself a solid legal foundation is crucial for further success and accomplishments in this field. While class prep, outlining, and your legal research & writing (LRW) course will take up most of your time your first year, below are a few tips for how you can stay healthy, happy, and keep a positive mindset! 1. Save money by bringing your lunch, snacks, and even instant coffee to school with you. It might sound silly but when you crunch the numbers of your daily visit…

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Hillary Clinton, Respectability Politics, and the Crisis of Modern Feminism

The results of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election represented a failure on many fronts. It was a failure of the American commitment to diversity, openness, and refuge. It was a failure as a check on corporate greed, wealthy interests, and predators of the poor and vulnerable. It signified a societal sickness— with our obsession with celebrity culture and worshipping of money as status. It displayed a majoritarian callousness to the calls for equal dignity by marginalized groups – by racial and ethnic minorities, the transgender community, immigrants, religious minorities, the gay and lesbian community, the disabled community, and women –…

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shantibrien

Implicit Bias: Lessons from a Mock Trial

Two white men and two black men walk into a courtroom….This is not the beginning of a bad joke but rather the start of a true story about implicit bias.  I was honored to be judging in the final tournament of a national mock-trial competition. In the mock-trial the plaintiff and the defendant each had two attorneys: one white attorney and one black attorney. As each spoke, I judged them on pre-set criteria like use of case law, presentation, questions to the witnesses, and handling the judges questions.  At the end, I ranked the attorneys.  Relying on my general impressions…

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Laura Bladow

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

On January 27th, Ms. JD's Katie Larkin-Wong sat down with investor and author Kelly Hoey to chat about the strategies that will help you form genuine relationships when networking. Watch below to learn how to 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. Have more networking questions? Want to win a copy of Kelly's book BUILD YOUR DREAM NETWORK? Submit your networking questions using this link by 11:59 PM on Friday, March 10th! Ms. JD will post answers to the questions authored by Kelly, and you will be entered…

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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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JovaniM

A Second Semester 1L

Okay, so I am in my second semester now. Let me just say that the first semester was crazzyy! I am not over exaggerating. Adjusting to law school is a skill within itself. It's all about finding your niche, learning to adjust your learning style, learning what to study, learning what supplements to help you learn to study while learning. It sounds kind of crazy, because it is. However, that's what it's all about. Mastering the skill of learning how to learn, while learning. I appreciated the experience, because now I know what to expect for the up and coming…

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Mamattorney: Memories from a 1L Pregnancy

I started law school a few months before my twenty-ninth birthday. Not only did I wait to go to law school after completing undergrad, but I had a gotten a full-time job as a paralegal that I loved. However, my passion for the legal field pushed me to follow through with that dream of becoming an attorney. My husband (then boyfriend of many years) and I had been discussing the idea of having children around this time also. We didn’t feel that we were getting “too old” but perhaps just that we were at the right age in terms of…

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Part-time Law, Full-time Life: “Fools rush in…” or Enrolling in a Part-time Law Program

Three weeks ago, I uploaded my last exam response of the semester. I went through my now-typical process of double-checking my formatting, reviewing the instructions, taking note of the time of upload, re-calculating the number of words, and cautiously hit the submit button. Later that night, joining my husband for a post-semester celebratory drink, it dawned on me that I had transposed my exam number during submission – on that exam, and two others. I remember freezing with terror as my husband looked at me, panic in his eyes, worried I was having some kind of attack, until I shrieked…

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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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