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What is Law School Really Like?

You may be a junior in college, looking into law school applications for next year, or preparing to take the LSAT. Maybe you’re still in high school, and thinking about whether you want to become a lawyer one day. Or maybe you’re a paralegal, and you know exactly the area of law that interests you, and how a J.D. can help you gain the skills you need. Regardless of where you are in your academic or professional career, you may be wondering what the law school experience is actually like. What kinds of classes do you take in your first…

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Soldier On: Boot Camp to Law School – Do you Have What It Takes to Survive?

It’s October. If you’re in law school, you’re already half-way through your first term. Undoubtedly you want to thrive, not just survive – or so the adage goes. Yet I argue that sometimes you just need to survive! A graduate of the US Army’s SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), I’ve learned that resilience comes from surviving that which at the time seems impossible. Here are a few pointers I’d like to share so that when needed, you too can survive. Be decisive. Sometimes you’ll feel so overwhelmed with assignments and other school pressures that you just don’t know how…

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Not fLAWless but Fearless: Accepting Your Past

There comes a time in everyone’s life where the inevitable question comes up: how much does my past matter as related to my future? Call it my mid mid-life crisis, but I’ve been pondering this question a lot lately, related to both professional and personal endeavors. How much does what I’ve done, where I’ve been, and the experiences I’ve had lend itself to the places I’m trying to go, and the person I’m trying to become? On the professional side, I’ve always asked my supervisors and been fortunate enough to receive feedback on how much my prior work experience will…

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Alleviating Common Fears Associated During Your First Year of Law School

When you receive your first acceptance letter to law school your heart flutters with excitement.  You cannot wait to share the exciting news with friends, family and loved ones, and you ecstatically wait to turn the chapter onto your new professional and educational path.  As the first day of law school draws near, your heart begins to have that same fluttering feeling, however this time, it feels a little bit different.  This time, the flutter represents nerves, anxiety, and a general sense of uneasiness, as you are unsure of what the first day of school will bring.  Unsettled thoughts begin…

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So You’re a 3L Now? Tips on Securing a Post-Bar Job

The time is finally here. You’re a 3L now. The last two years as a 1L and 2L may linger a little, but they are far gone now. After the initial excitement of returning to law school, you might begin to fret a little at the thought of having only two semesters left before you graduate and take the bar exam. Within these last two semesters, your schedule will be booked before you know it. There’s class, externship work, moot court, law review, student activities, networking events, going to the gym, bar night, oh and bar prep – we can’t…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Chats Recap: Carving a Path to In-House Counsel

On September 12th Ms. JD sat down with a talented group of attorneys who work for companies of various sizes and name brands - each of whom has taken a different route to land in-house.  Our panel of experts shared how they went in-house, tips for determining if an in-house position is right for you, and valuable insight on getting yourself there!  

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Your Personal Statement: Transforming Your Harrowing Writing Experience into an Inspired Journey

Many will lead you to believe the LSAT is the most difficult part of the law school admission process. The test is challenging, but it’s an analytical test with a clear process: learn the test, complete questions, and repeat. It tests analytical ability, and it makes you work hard for every point, but there’s actually more frustration from another component of the process: the personal statement.  It’s a completely different type of challenge. You hear it in applicants’ voices, see it in their posture, and identify it clearly when they cancel meetings and act noncommittal about topics.   When an…

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One Question You Must Answer Before Law School

I was told I would be a lawyer for as long as I can remember. My parents put me in a “future lawyer” shirt when I was two years old, I have always loved arguing debating, and reading is my all-time favorite hobby. It seemed like a good fit, so I began working toward this goal in earnest when I started college, and attempted to choose a relevant field of study. Then, when the time came to apply for law school, I chose a legal field I thought would suit me. All the while, I never paused to reflect on…

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julzstufz

Soldier On: Boot Camp to Law School— Amazing Mentors

  “I’ve been through half a dozen other lieutenants just like you.” “You guys all come and go.” “Meanwhile, we stay here and keep things running.” “So you stay out of my way, and I’ll stay out of yours, and we’ll get along just fine.” Then he went outside to smoke a cigarette – one of many he would light up throughout the day. Tim was gruff, outspoken, and not used to working with women. Most of his Army aviation career was spent working in special forces units, units comprised solely of males. But as a brand new lieutenant in…

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A Letter to My 22-Year-Old, 1L Self (Or, What I Wish I Had Known Back Then)

Dear 1L Kristine, Welcome to law school!  That goal you have been talking about since you were nine years old - you finally made it.  Congratulations!  But do not revel in your accomplishment for too long, for there is a lot of hard work ahead of you. Law school is an intimidating place.  You are going to be a little (or a lot) scared, especially in the first year.  That’s okay.  Everyone else is scared, too.  They are just better at hiding it than you are.  You are going to have doubts.  You are going to think everyone is smarter…

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