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Removing Legal Barriers to Women’s Economic Empowerment: UN Global Compact Spotlights Partnership

Few people within the United Nations (UN) system talk about the impact in 1982 when USA President Ronald Reagan pulled the economic plug on USA international relations by withdrawing funding from key international organizations within the UN System. The move was based upon the administration's political agenda, fully within the scope of powers of the USA Executive Branch, despite underlying treaty provisions. The move had three impacts: First, withdrawl of funds threatened to have a dominio effect, with large funders withdrawing their funding too. This never actually happened however, because of a second impact: small rich nations such as the…

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nicolemoriniere

Getting from A to B: Transitioning from Law to Tech

It took me about three months to complete my transition from law into legal tech, from the time I made the decision until I found and was hired at an exciting legal tech startup. During this time, I reached out to my network, did a lot of reading and attended numerous events.  Although I benefited from many resources during my search, I also found it more difficult given that I was going down a non-traditional career path for JDs. Hopefully, my experience can help provide an example of one way to transition from the traditional legal industry to a career in legal…

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alexislamb

The Road Less Traveled: Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark

Many entrepreneurs go through The Darkness - eating instant ramen, crashing in their parents' basement, remortgaging their house, fearing monthly cable bills or paying rent  -- before The Big Success Break, as do many who seek a transition to an alt-path.   While not all alternative legal careers involve entrepreneurship (though in later blog posts we'll speak with lawyers turned entrepreneurs), when it comes to our careers, we are our own entrepreneurs.  We are companies of one.  We are selling our labor and skills and that unique bit of ourselves that only we can offer.  We are convincing others to invest time, money, capital, and goodwill…

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skreed

Skirting the Ceiling: Politics and Professionalism

With the 2016 election year and the 2017 administration transition, politics seems to lurk around every corner. Navigating these turbulent waters while frantically participating in the 1L summer job search, got me thinking—how do politics and professionalism interact? Are they mutually exclusive? My mission this past month was to find out. Politics and the Job Search  It’s common knowledge that bringing up politics in a job interview is usually a bad idea. But what other red flags are there? I turned to Margaret DeYoung, my career counselor at the University of Houston Law Center, for advice. I asked Margaret if…

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fhg14CnXLS

Ms. Pre-JD: “Don’t Go to Law School!”

As an overenthusiastic pre-law student, I can be prone to mentioning that I want to go to law school. Every five seconds. When someone asks about my major, I tell them, but I quickly add, “and I want to go to law school, so it’s more for personal interest!” If anyone asks me about my courseload, I immediately inform them that the political science class is “to be more aware because I want to go to law school”, and that the reason I dropped that GPA-killing elective was because “I have to get into law school!” I don’t think I…

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Sappho

The Bar Exam: How Will That Look Like?

The past month has been a period of transition. As I continue adjusting to life as a mother of three children, I balance a (mostly) flexible schedule. My partner returned to work full time two weeks ago. While there have been occasional challenges, especially when dealing with the needs of an infant and toddler, it has been an amazing experience. In early January, I registered for the March MPRE. I registered for it before, but did not take the exam due to being sick with pneumonia. One of the joys of living where I do is I am often ill…

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willierobinson04

Key Aspects to Consider When Choosing a Paralegal Program

Just as it is with any product, there is a specific criterion people follow when making a purchase. Things such as size, texture, cost, fit, and even reviews significantly contribute to the buying process. Even in choosing where to study for your paralegal education, you must bear in mind a number of important considerations such as the depth and breadth of courses, size of classes, class structure, tuition, and other aspects.  Below are some of the important elements to consider before putting your money in a certain institution to study a paralegal program.  Specialization The importance of specialization cannot be…

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DeeEsq

Monthly Mantra: Finding Health and Wellness in the Law

Mantra: I will treat myself with patience and kindness and will actively seek opportunities to show grace to others. February’s chocolates and valentines provide constant reminders of love.  In this month dedicated to loving those we hold dear, we also need to internalize that feeling and treat ourselves with kindness.  Belonging to a career field that prizes results under challenging circumstances, can cause us to be unforgiving of our own shortcomings as well as those of others.  When faced with unrealistic expectations, it is important to remember we are human and imperfect and that it is actually a good thing.  In…

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Kristine_Cherek

It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

First, let me check my privilege at the door.  I am a college-educated, white, married suburbanite.  I was lucky enough to have been born to parents who value education and who could afford to pay for mine.  I live in a golf course community in a beachside town.  I drive my European SUV to the law school where I teach.  No, I do not consider myself to be disadvantaged by any definition of the word.  But in the view of many, I am not just disadvantaged.  I am less than equal simply because of my gender.  When I entered the…

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Sappho

She Held My Hand Today

It was the two of us this afternoon. We were running errands together, and had went into a nearby shop. Outside, it was cold and crisp, with temperatures around the upper 20s. When we walked to the store, I felt a small hand go into mine. I looked down and at her for a moment. I looked at her closely. Then a wistful thought came in my mind. She is eight years old and in second grade. Yet, she is holding my hand. My proud, intelligent, challenging, and outspoken eight-year-old reached out and held my hand. As I write this,…

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