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Ms. Pre-JD: How Important is ‘Fun’?

At a panel hosted by the Columbia Undergraduate Law Review, I had a chance to hear from two attorneys and a law school student about their respective professional journeys. All three, unsurprisingly, commented that law school was challenging and fulfilling. They also all found that they owed their success to a degree of good fortune during their undergraduate, law school, or job searching years, something that I’m sure we all hope to experience. Surprisingly, though, they all also remarked that their undergraduate years could have done with more of one thing: Fun. Of course, different internships or classes may have…

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Empowering Today’s women: Tips on Being the Best Lawyer

We see them every day, particularly on TV shows where we witness them shouting at the accused of some crimes committed. We are fascinated by the fact that these people are mostly women and become symbols of authority and power. Who are these people? Viola Davis stars as criminal defense lawyer Annalise Keating in ABC Studio’s hit series, How to Get Away With Murder, is an example of how sleek and cunning a lawyer can be. She is smart, witty, and always 3 or 4 steps ahead of having the edge over against any that dare to confront her. With…

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How long do I need to study for the LSAT?

The LSAT is an important factor in law school admissions and their financial aid decisions. Many experts suggest that a minimum pace of 10 hours per week for at least two to three months should help you accumulate the basic skills you’ll need for the LSAT. Any less than this, you can sell yourself short on meeting the admissions targets of the schools that you want to attend. Others advise studying for up to a year. More than anything, you’ll need to maintain a steady, consistent pace along with your other responsibilities as opposed to “binge” studying. In short, there’s…

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What is the LSAT? And where do I start?

What is the LSAT? The LSAT is a standardized test required by most law schools (although not all) that is used, along with other factors, to determine admission, similar to how colleges use the SAT and ACT. It is currently administered four times a year in February, June, September/October and December, although the LSAC will likely introduce additional administrations in the future. LSAT scores remain on record for five years. Unlike other tests, the LSAT is not based on memorization, but rather a measure of “acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills” based on three different sections: Logical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension,…

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NYC Bar “Launching Your Career” Week 4: Legal Writing

On March 22nd, pre-law students participating in the New York City Bar's Launching Your Career seminar series heard from Grace Pickering (Director of Legal Education at Legal Outreach & Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School) and Van Ann Bui (Director, Law Program at Sponsors for Educational Opportunity).   Students had many notes and questions for Grace during and after her detailed presentation on “Legal Writing: An Introduction.” Van Ann’s segment regarding personal statement essay-writing for law school applications was equally engaging; it garnered plenty of questions from students, and even took the discussion into over-time. At the start of the night, Grace explained the court…

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Pre-Law Q&A: Evelyn Mau, Pre-Law Senior at Hunter College

In this “Pre-Law Q&A” series, Ms. JD Pre-Law speaks to pre-law students around the country. Joining us today is Evelyn Mau, a Class of 2017 undergraduate majoring in linguistics and rhetoric, and Chinese literature at Hunter College, The City University of New York. Hello Evelyn! Thank you for taking the time to chat with the Ms. JD Pre-Law blog. To start, can you tell us a bit about yourself—for instance, where did you grow up, and what are you majoring in? Evelyn: Thank you for the invite! I was born and raised in Brooklyn by first-generation Chinese immigrants. My parents…

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NYC Bar “Launching Your Career” Week 3: Office Etiquette

​ This week, the pre-law students participating in the New York City Bar's Launching Your Seminar series had the opportunity to hear from Sarah E. O'Connell, Senior Counsel at Norton Rose Fulbright. Sarah was engaging, warm and funny—and gave our students delightfully no-nonsense, straightforward advice about the mindset it takes to succeed in a corporate setting. Some of her advice included: Write your own "blank." When you are new to an environment and people don't really know you, they will tend to judge you quickly: "Oh you know, Richard, he's the one who ___________." You have be intentional about filling in that blank the way you want,…

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Pre-Law Opportunity: Internship with the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY)

Hi Ms. JD Pre-Law! Do check out this summer internship opportunity with the Asian American Bar Association of New York:  What? The Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) represents the interests of New York Asian-American attorneys, judges, law professors, legal professionals, legal assistants or paralegals and law students. Its mission is to improve the study and practice of law, and the fair administration of justice for all by ensuring the meaningful participation of Asian-Americans in the legal profession. AABANY’s Legal Internship Program supports Asian-American students, law clerks and lawyers interested in the legal profession to develop a commitment to advocacy…

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Pre-Law Opportunity: University of Wisconsin Law School and DiscoverLaw.org PLUS Program

Hi Ms. JD Pre-Law! Here's an summer opportunity at the University of Wisconsin Law School that you might want to check out: What? The DiscoverLaw.org Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program at the University of Wisconsin Law School is a four-week summer immersion program that allows students to explore legal education and careers in law and to help them succeed in applying to, enrolling in, and graduating from law school. Held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, the activities in this program include: taking introductory law courses, taught by UW Law School professors, attending personal and professional development workshops and ganing hands-on experience…

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Ms. JD Pre-Law: Interview with J.Y. Ping, founder of 7Sage and PreProBono

Today's Ms. JD Q&A is with J.Y. Ping, an educator and social entrepreneur who founded 7Sage and PreProBono. J.Y. has a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA from Columbia University. J.Y., you're the founder of 7Sage, which provides affordable online LSAT test prep. For example, you offer an LSAT Starter course, containing your entire core curriculum, for just $179, and your most expensive course is $749—a fraction of what test prep companies typically charge. What inspired your mission to "liberate and democratize education"? J.Y.: One thing that inspired me was when I realized that statements like “X is…

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