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Ms. JD’s Pre-Law Prep Guide: Selective Hearing: Weighing the Pros and Cons

Assuming you’ve done your homework on the realities of the legal profession, you’re probably feeling as though you are at a crossroads (if this little guy doesn’t cheer you up, we don’t know what will!). That’s understandable! Now it is time to weigh the pros and cons of moving forward with the pre-law process or finding a different path. We have come up with a few questions for you to consider while you are weighing your various options. Take a moment as you are reading along to think about your honest answer to these questions before moving on to our…

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Ms. JD’s Pre-Law Prep Guide: Get the Scoop: Going Directly to the Source

Editor's Note: Each week, at Ms. JD and Levo League, Ms. JD Board Member Courtney Gabbara and Bridget Sheehan will take you step-by-step through the law school application process. This is the third installment of the Pre-Law Prep Guide. To read the second post, click HERE. To be or not to be … a lawyer?OK, so maybe Shakespeare didn’t use those words exactly but, in all seriousness: do YOU want to go to law school?  Our intention was not to scare you last week, but to shed some light on the realities of the legal market to help you make…

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Ms. JD’s Pre-Law Prep Guide: So You Want to Go to Law School; What Law & Order Doesn’t Tell You

Editor's Note: Each week, at Ms. JD and at Levo League, Ms. JD Board Member Courtney Gabbara and Bridget Sheehan are take you step-by-step through the law school application process. This is the second installment of the Pre-Law Prep Guide. To read the first post, click HERE.“You’re out of order! You’re out of order! The whole trial is out of order!”--And Justice for All “You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!” -- A Few Good Men Sound familiar? It never ceases to amaze us how the media, TV shows, movies, and literature portray lawyers; however, the everyday person,…

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Ms. JD’s Pre-Law Prep Guide: An Insider’s Perspective to the Law School Admissions Process

Happy New Year from Ms. JD! We’re making a resolution at Ms. JD to help more women get into the law school of their dreams.  How? Each week, at Ms. JD and at Levo League, we are going to take you step-by-step through the law school application process from deciding whether law school is right for you to deciding which school best fits your needs and everything in between! Every Thursday, you should expect a post that will explore different phases of the pre-law process.  We will begin by going over steps you can take to familiarize yourself with what…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: Your Best Preparation For Law School

Now that we are full into the fall college semester, my thoughts go to the many college and university seniors who are applying to law schools----and the many other college and university students who are thinking about applying to law schools. Some of the students in their first years of college must be wondering how best to prepare for a law education. If they are not, they should be!Although there are no guaranteed prescribed programs and no one path to law school, there is some good advice floating around out there, and I feel compelled to add my own. Some…

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What No One Tells You Before You Go To Law School: Big Brother is Watching!

I’m not saying this to make you paranoid, but – in law school – anything you say can (and will) be used against you. Particularly if you say it publicly!This can play out in a number of different ways: How will your classmates remember you? What sort of reputation are you building for yourself in law school? Are you the competent, friendly person who stays calm in the face of pressure? Or are you the nitwit who raises your hand in every, single class to talk about your experiences “working on the Hill” (as in, your three month college internship in…

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alisonmonahan

What No One Tells You Before You Go To Law School: They Really Are Speaking Greek (Okay, Latin)

Have you ever tried to learn a foreign language by immersion? I have, and I’m terrible at it! A few summers ago, I had a meltdown in a Barcelona shoe store (after making myself understood) and ended up buying shoes that were too small, just to get out of the store before I started crying. And, yes, every time I try to wear these shoes I’m reminded of the event. It’s pretty annoying. Welcome to LegalLandWell, law school’s a lot like foreign language immersion. It’s totally normal to feel like you don’t understand much of anything, and always say the…

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What No One Tells You Before You Go to Law School: It Helps to Know What Job You Want on Day One

Editors Note: Ms. JD is pleased to be sharing some of our favorite posts about success in law school as part of our commitment to helping you start the school year off right.  If you're enjoying these tips, sign up for Ms. JD's National Women Law Students Organization.  You'll get Ms. JD's top blog posts delivered to your inbox every Friday, special notification about Ms. JD events in your area, and a once-monthly newsletter designed specifically for law students all for free! To join, click here.When I went to law school, I thought I’d have a good couple of years…

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What No One Tells You Before You Got to Law School: It Might Be All In Your Head!

I’m afraid what I’m about to say might offend some of you, but bear with me. The truth is that you’re probably making law school harder than it needs to be! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying law school’s easy. But…it’s not THAT hard, if you can figure out how to keep your s**t together, and spend your time and energy on learning the material. (Rather than wasting it trying to pull yourself out of the pit of despair you fell into a week ago when you were cold-called and your answer wasn’t perfect.)   It’s Okay if You’re…

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Ms. JD International: UN Office of Legal Affairs

The United Nations is the flagship entity in the international sector, and has opportunities for lawyers at headquarters and in the field to work in international law. Similar to the State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser, the UN has a central Office of Legal Affairs, based at headquarters in New York. The Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) serves as in-house counsel to the UN Secretary-General, the Secretariat as a whole, and the rest of the UN organs.  The OLA is lead by an Under-Secretary-General, an Assistant Secretary-General, and staffed by 160 attorneys. The Under-Secretary General serves as chief legal…

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