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Ms. Pre-JD: Success on the Pre-Clarity Track

The path of a pre-law student is always a bit ambiguous. Add in being a woman, and your place in the field becomes blurry as well. To really compound the issue, pick a major that doesn’t relate directly to any field of law, and you can call yourself a student on the pre-clarity track. Without undergraduate internship programs or, at most institutions, majors specific to our field of interest, pre-law students are left to join pre-professional organizations and do research on their own. But with demanding coursework, it is difficult to justify attending a firm visit when you know you…

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Office Hours with Professor Elly Jordan

This week, take a look at Ms. JD's Q&A with Elly Jordan, a supervising attorney in the Immigration Law Clinic at Michigan State University College of Law. Office Hours What drew you to law school? First as a law student and then as a professional. I never thought I would be a lawyer.  Frankly, it never occurred to me growing up and even through undergraduate school.  I wanted my career to be one that helped others and so I pursued macro-level social work and international development.  Indeed, it was not until after I had been working for a few years…

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That Pre-Law Millennial: 10 Lessons from the Columbia Women’s Leadership Conference

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a Women's Leadership Conference organized by the Columbia Spectator, where we heard from an impressive, inspiring group of professionals across different industries (e.g. finance, media, non-profits). Here are 10 of the insights they shared: "You can't achieve ambitious goals by only looking at your own narrow slice—you need the broader picture." — Lisbeth Shepherd, Founder/Executive Director of Green City Force "In deciding between opportunities to pursue, ask yourself: "What do I want to learn?" Your industry may look completely different in 35 years, so you need to keep learning." — Leah Meisterlin, Assistant…

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That Pre-Law Millennial: “Building Content” for (Corporate-Oriented) Pre-Law Interviews

Recently, I had a few classmates ask me how I managed to secure "so many" law-related internships as an undergraduate. I tell them that part of it has to do with being at the right place at the right time. I'm conscious that many of the opportunities that I've had so far stem from the privilege of attending a great school, and having the support of a world-class career center and a generous alumni network. I also have the advantage of living and studying in New York City, where legal organizations that offer undergraduate internships actually exist, and where most biglaw…

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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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