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Working Women Advocates

I’m Rachel Bird, the founder of Working Women Advocates. After Susan Fowler’s groundbreaking article about her year at Uber went viral, it seemed like there was a paradigm societal shift. People are now, more than ever, willing to admit and discuss at length the hardships women face in the workplace. I not only want to join that discussion, I want to change it. Like Susan Fowler, my experiences in the workplace inspired me to reflect on the hardships I faced as a professional woman. As a software developer, my reflections have taken a different form – a web app called Working…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Chats Recap: A Firm of Her Own

April marks the month that most women catch up to their male colleagues' salaries for the prior year. For this year's equal pay day, Ms. JD talked to women who have not only achieved equal pay, they are running their own firms as part of doing so. Moderated by Ms. JD Board Emeritus, Janet Wallace, if you have ever dreamed of launching your own firm, you will not want to miss this conversation with Amanda Green Alexander! Watch below to learn more about the path to firm leadership and practical advice for hanging out your own shingle. Thank you to the Commission…

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kamya96

NYC BAR “Launching Your Career” Week 5: Resume-Writing and Mock-Interview Workshop

On Wednesday March 29th, pre-law students participated in the fifth and final installment of New York City Bar’s “Launching Your Career” seminar series: Resume-Writing and Mock-Interview Workshop at Jenner & Block LLP. We heard from their legal recruiter, two partners and two associates at the firm, on some key advice around interviewing at a law firm: How to prepare: The role you are applying for may have many facets to it. Don’t take it at face value (as written on the job posting), rather research and get a sense for what the interviewer may be looking for outside of the…

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Accommodations for Nursing Mothers

This post is a little late because I am in Scottsdale, Arizona for the Federal Bar Association's 42nd Annual Indian Law Conference. A few things to note about Indian Law conferences: Women bring their children to conferences Nursing accommodations are offered for conference attendees Children are exposed to, and involved in, Indian law and policy ​All of these things are incredibly important, but the one that stands out to me, and that I want to talk about right now is the nursing accommodations offered for mothers. ​Nursing Accommodations The Federal Bar Association sent out detailed emails each day of the conference,…

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You’ll Move Mountains, Kid: Just Be Your Beautifully, Flawed-Self in All That You Do!

When I initially applied for law school, I had a hard time coming up with something to focus on for my personal statement. Of course, there were the typical formats like “why did you want to go to law school” or “why do you think you’d be a great lawyer” that were suggested to all applicants. But I had a better, deeper, and more quality story to share that would answer all of those questions, but without directly answering them. It paid off. In fact, it paid off so well that I was granted a unique scholarship, which was only…

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LovelyLadyLaw7

A Word on the Use of Third Person Pronouns

To use a pronoun or not to use a pronoun.  That is the question.  (Or at least it should be.)  People love their pronouns not only in writing (whether legal or otherwise) but also in conversation.  The problem, however, is that, although pronouns are generally valuable as shortcuts, they are also inherently ambiguous when the reader or the listener can't be certain about the intended antecedent of a pronoun.  For example, I can't count the number of times I've left a conversation feeling confused about the meaning of a pronoun (not to mention the number of times I've had to ask the…

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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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nicolemoriniere

Winding Career Paths: Managing Risk and Uncertainty

One of my favorite sayings is that you should be stubborn about goals, but flexible about your methods. I love this idea but I've found that I have to interpret it correctly for it to be helpful.  In terms of career goals, I've interpreted this to mean being stubborn about certain fundamental and underlying aspects of what I want out of my career, such as a career that is purposeful, that matches my interests and skills, and that affords me a certain level of independence and flexibility. I used to focus on specific positions as my goals, which was a mistaken approach…

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The Legal Content Curator: How Does Neil Gorsuch Approach Legal Questions?

Neil Gorsuch, the U.S. Supreme Court nominee slated to replace the late Justice Scalia, is no stranger to questions of life and death. His 2009 book, The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, looks carefully at the historical trajectory of the current movement in the United States for the right to die, and argues "that all human beings are intrinsically valuable and the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong." Gorsuch, who completed his doctoral degree in philosophy at Oxford, bases his argument on secular moral theory and common law. Much of Gorsuch's way of thinking about…

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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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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Q: I’m a freshman in High School, and I want to prepare to become an attorney. I have already done a bit of research, but there are still a few questions that I have (below). A: Excellent! You are preparing early! Being a lawyer can be fascinating and rewarding. But it’s not as glamorous as media portrayals. As you progress in your education, learn about legal careers, but keep an open mind about other fields. There is a lot to explore in the world! Here are your questions and my answers:  1.  What job should I get in college if…

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Self-Promotion at Work: If You Got It, Flaunt It

Self-promotion often causes immense yet unnecessary stress and anxiety for many women, including me. (To be honest, even the title of this blog post makes me cringe!). Even though I went to an all-girls high school and a women’s college, where I was empowered and encouraged to make my voice heard, I still struggle with promoting myself professionally. This may have started in college: at Bryn Mawr, my peers were all very intelligent and capable, and we were discouraged from openly discussing grades in order to foster a less competitive environment. Unfortunately, I may have taken this approach with me…

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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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KatieDay

Attention Writers- Apply to be a Ms. JD Journalist!

Are you interested in becoming involved with Ms. JD? Do you happen to enjoy writing and maybe even already write for our blog? If your answer to both questions is "YES", then we'd like to invite you to become a Ms. JD Journalist! The Ms. JD Journalists is a group of writers who will be responsible for writing posts, articles, and other content for Ms. JD. Journalists will be asked to commit to a period of either 6 months or 1 year, during which they agree to be “on call” to write about topics which have been identified as topics of…

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Part-Time Law, Full-Time Life: Seeking Balance in a Tilted Profession

Work-life balance. Flex-Time. Part-Time. All three terms are ones regularly heard on the lips of students, faculty, and practicing attorneys. These terms make older generations wince, while younger students and associates seek jobs with descriptions matching one or all three. Many at Ms. JD have discussed these issues: Lori Johnson wrote of her struggle with baby boomers in her office not understanding the importance of choosing family or personal time over billable hours. Ally Kennedy Garcia, Founder of the Association of Mother Immigration Attorneys, posted a worksheet with helpful tips to consider while attempting to build work-life balance into a busy schedule. Many others on…

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