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Family Planning in Law School and Beyond

“So, when are you going to have another baby?” As innocent as that question often is, I honestly cringe when I hear it. I cringe because it is a very personal question. But, I cringe more because I know that it requires a response that is more involved than most people realize they are about to get. Even in the days of social media, where people know what you ate for dinner the night before, people often fail to recognize or too quickly forget that I have some major, competing aspects of my life. I have dual dreams: one of being a…

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Ms. Pre-JD: Becoming a Frequent-Applier

Around this time in the year is when, as a pre-law student, I really start feeling the pressure. If you don’t know why this is, I imagine you haven’t delved headfirst into the pre-law internship search yet! The excitement at seeing a posting, even an unpaid one, from a major law firm is always tempered five minutes later with irritation at the words “Marketing Intern”, or “Accounting Intern”. Even so, I do have a list of places that I usually try when on the hunt for an internship. While you are probably not going to get paid (in money) for the…

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Ms. JD Pre-Law: Interview with Ani Torossian, Ms. JD Pre-Law Program Director 2015-2017

Today’s interview is with Ani Torossian, who served as Ms. JD’s Pre-Law Program Director from 2015-2017. Ani is currently a 1L at the Pepperdine University School of Law, and is a graduate of both Columbia University and UCLA. She previously interned at the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, CNN and the Foreign Policy Association. Welcome, Ani! We'll start with a bit of a silly question. You're currently a 1L at Pepperdine University School of Law, in gorgeous Malibu, California. Have you managed to spend any time at the beach at all, or has the notorious 1L year mostly kept you…

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NYC Bar “Launching Your Career” Week 1: Orientation and Fireside Chat

This week, I had the pleasure of volunteering at the New York City Bar Association's Launching Your Career seminar series, chaired by the wonderful Van Ann Bui (Director, Law Program at SEO; former Proskauer associate). The series comprises of 5 professional development workshops targeted at pre-law undergraduates and recent graduates, on topics including: networking, finding a mentor, office etiquette, interviewing, and more. At this week's kick-off workshop, hosted at Hogan Lovells, the pre-law audience had the opportunity to hear from Jasmine Wade (Assistant District Attorney, Bronx County District Attorney's Office) and Karume James (Staff Attorney, The Bronx Defenders). Tahir Boykins…

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The Job Search: Bruised Ego and Alternative Career Options

My current job as an Organizer is a limited term duration position. I have been creative in my job application approach – applying for state and local government positions and several non-profit organization positions.  For example, in December, one week after having my baby, I submitted a legal fellowship application. I submitted two fellowship applications in January and several Executive Director positions with local non-profits.  Further, I will be applying for grants and attend training on leadership development and building. In addition, as it is legislative session in Oregon, I have been attending various lobby day gatherings and meeting with…

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Monthly Mantra: Finding Health and Wellness in the Law

Mantra: My thoughts and actions control the flow of success, positivity and abundance into my life.  It’s March and the St. Patrick’s Day decorations serve as constant reminders of luck and good fortune.  This month begs the question are some just born lucky, or can we actually control our own luck?  The good news is, our actions contribute significantly to what we attract into our lives.  The law of attraction supports the notion that positive thinking often leads to favorable results.  Although as legal professionals, our minds are trained to predict all reasonable outcomes, it takes just as much energy…

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Dear Law Students: Your Peers Are Your First Professional Network

If you are in law school, you have probably heard that your peers are your first professional network. This is especially true for law students who do not have attorneys in their families or who simply have never interacted with attorneys. A good way to get to know your peers and be known in law school is to get involve in different students' organizations, on the board or be a member of your law school lawyering skills competition (e.g., national moot court, ABA Representation in Mediation, Client Interviewing and counseling etc) and/or get on one of your law school journals.…

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Nurturing Leadership Skills

It is one month until the MPRE. The time flew by quickly. The past week, I have been bombarded with trainings, workshops, organizing events, work obligations, and through it all, somehow spending time with my children. It was a stressful week as I dealt with personal matters relating to my oldest, yet we managed to take care of the situation. Unfortunately, this meant I did not begin preparing for the MPRE as I originally planned last month. Instead, I begin my MPRE preparation tomorrow, which gives me a little under a month to prepare. This means no outside distractions and…

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You’ll Move Mountains Kid: Through the Pipeline

Pipeline programs for aspiring law students are some of the best resources in the world for disadvantaged students to get a feeling of what it’s like to work in the professional world or go through law school.  I, myself, am a CLEO Fellow.  CLEO (Council on Legal Education Opportunity) is a program created by the American Bar Association’s initiative to recruit more diverse students for the bar.  There are many other programs like it around the nation and they range from those sponsored by major law firms, to higher education institutions and non-profit organizations aimed at diversity in the professional…

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The Legal Content Curator: Top Five Tips for Effective Legal Writing

          A practicing lawyer, to be successfully persuasive, must write well. Law schools across the United States - and across the world - drill this into their students' heads, and attempt to prepare and train them adequately for a career filled with briefs, memos, and other forms of written communication. Most schools include a required Legal Writing class in the curriculum for first-year students.           Plain English for Lawyers, by Richard C. Wydick, is a solid introduction to the basics of legal writing. The tips Wydick offers in this short guide, however, are invaluable for almost any writer. Reminiscent of The…

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