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Soldier On: Boot Camp to Law School— Lead with Confidence

                 Inefficient, disorganized, unproductive. These adjectives describe many well-intended, yet poorly managed student organizations – also known as SORGs. With a new school year beginning, most students will either help lead a SORG, or at least attend SORG meetings during their time in law school. Sadly, student-led SORGs often lack disciplined management. This results in inefficient use of scarce resources, and it frustrates members. The problem lies in students not having a general grasp of how to run a small-scale organization. While other methods exist, today I present a simple framework to help…

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It’s Summer—Primetime for Planning and Promoting Your Professional Profile with the Season’s Help

“I can’t wait to relax,” this is what most graduating pre-law seniors in April and May have told me throughout my 12 years of pre-law advising. I can’t wait to tell them that I have other plans for them. “Summer is the best time to move forward professionally,” I tell them. Advisees who know me aren’t surprised to hear me say this. I’m a developer, achiever, and maximizer—I’m always looking for ways to improve and develop myself, and I share this enthusiastic drive with my advisees so they too can grow and develop. Intrigued, they ask, “What do you think…

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Experiences, based on “Experience”

"Experience"- a poem by Carl Sandburg: "This morning I looked at the map of the day And said to myself, “This is the way! This is the way I will go; Thus shall I range on the roads of achievement, The way is so clear—it shall all be a joy on the lines marked out.” And then as I went came a place that was strange,— ’Twas a place not down on the map! And I stumbled and fell and lay in the weeds, And looked on the day with rue..." This past week, I went to a brown bag luncheon…

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Defining Success in the Law

Hello Ms. JD Aficionados! I hope this finds you well and that you are enjoying the summer so far.  Many of you may be summer associates in law firm summer programs across the country, others of you may be getting geared up for on-campus interviewing in the next several weeks, while some of you may be practicing attorneys with a few years under your belt.  Whatever the case may be, each of us can use some advice about how best to define success in the context of where we are in our careers, and some do's and don'ts.  In that…

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Luck and the LSAT

Previously, I've written about the role that chance plays in the composition of each LSAT. The basis of that idea is that certain LSATs feature some concepts more than others, and if you get an LSAT that favors your skill set, you benefit. This isn't to say that you don't control your LSAT fate, because you do. You have the opportunity to prepare for each of the question types and concepts you see on each LSAT, and to closely examine the style and wording they use in constructing the test. Properly preparing for the LSAT is critical to producing your…

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GET IN WHERE YOU FIT IN: THE PERSONAL STATEMENT

Now before I start talking about the ins and outs of law school applications, let me preface the title of this series. When I say get in where you fit in, please don’t take offense. By no means should you associate the common catchphrase with a negative connotation. In this particular context, it simply means that YOU possess the power and the prowess to get yourself into whatever school you desire to attend. So, instead of crafting your application to tailor yourself to be the typical cookie cutter applicant, design an outline that will leave an admissions committee (ad com)…

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Office Hours with Professor Catherine Grosso

This week, it is my great pleasure to introduce you to Catherine Grosso, associate professor of law at Michigan State University College of Law. A warm welcome and many thanks for her willingness to contribute to the Office Hours series with the following interview: Office Hours What drew you to law school? First as a law student and then as a professor. I worked as a human rights worker in the Palestinian territories in the 1990s.  During that time I worked with lawyers who had trained all over the world.  These colleagues convinced me that I would find training as a lawyer useful…

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Soldier On: Boot Camp to Law School—Go Make the World a Better Place!

Law students across the country recently celebrated graduations. I am one of those excited graduates. Excited to finish. Excited to have experienced a life-changing opportunity. Excited for my future. I arrived three years ago, uncertain as to what lay ahead, and not truly aware of the energy it would take to complete law school. And yet I accomplished my goal, as did thousands of graduates this year. As I contemplate my future as a new attorney, I want to share 10 snippets of wisdom I learned in the military. I hope these words inspire you and guide you as you…

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Why LSAT Registration Deadlines Are Earlier Than Ever

Recently, LSAC released a statement indicating that the registration deadline for the February 2017 LSAT would occur before the scores from the December 2016 LSAT were released. This places December test takers in a tough spot if they think they might want to retake the LSAT since they will need to decide on registering prior to knowing how they scored on  the December test. And unfortunately, this isn't the last time this is going to occur. Let's talk about why this is occurring, and what it means for test takers going forward. A look at the registration deadline for the…

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Riding the Tech Wave:  A Chat with Information Privacy Law Champion Sona Makker (Part 2)

Part 2 of my interview with “information privacy champion” and Santa Clara University 3L Sona Makker continues with Sona’s perspective and advice about succeeding in the privacy law industry as a female. Q: Do you think that privacy law is a male-dominated field? A: The privacy and cybersecurity fields [because they are interrelated] are currently split 50/50 (male/female). The privacy industry has successfully [achieved] and maintained this even split. However, as a result of working in the Silicon Valley, I have noticed that, in general, technology companies are not very diverse. When I attend industry-wide events, it’s really encouraging to…

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