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hjohnson1

Journey to Law School-Taking the First Steps

It's been a crazy ride to find myself ending up here...pursuing the law school journey. The crazier thing is, its not just me, but two journeys collide! My husband and I are both planning on attending law school next Fall together! As I begin to take the steps that so many others have taken in pursuit of a law career, questions flood my mind. "How will we be prepared?" "What school should I attend?""How will we sort out funding and living arrangements?" "Am I using the right resources to prepare for the LSAT?" "How will we end up being accepted…

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sjachion

Free Money: Scholarship Opportunities for Minority Law Students.

You decided to go to law school and now you’re in. You check your school’s tuition and see that the cost of attendance is rising and the price tag looks like a nightmare. The cost of a juris doctorate is steep and with future graduates facing job uncertainties in a tough legal market, the financial burden of law school can be daunting. While accepting mountains of debt is a tough decision to make, it is one that could be made less difficult if funding were more accessible. To help reduce the cost of law school, there are a number of…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Pre-Law: Insights from the Ms. JD Board Recap Part II

Ms. JD's second online pre-law event took place last night as a group of the Ms. JD Board of Directors shared their pre-law insights in a Google Hangout! In case you missed it, you can check out the YouTube video below to catch up!  Miss Part I? Catch up here!  If you're looking for more pre-law advice be sure to download Ms. JD's Pre-Law Prep Guide, follow along on Twitter @msjdtweets, and join us next week for our Twitter Chat on Thursday, August 28th at 2pm ET to share your pre-law experiences!

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Linda_M

Deconstruct to Become You: The Path to Professional Transformation

Whether you are 25 years old and fresh out of law school or 65 with forty plus years of life and professional experiences behind you, the path to professional reentry or transformation often requires a deconstruct: an uncomfortable period of questioning traditional assumptions about identity, what it means to be a lawyer, and how best to make a meaningful contribution and/or simply make a living. And, at the risk of discouraging you from reading further, characterizing this stage as “uncomfortable” may in fact be a gross understatement. Law school taught us to identify, research, and analyze complex legal issues; to…

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Cameron Rhudy

The Artful Lawyer: Mary Wenzel of Write Law

This month I am very excited to introduce you to Mary Wenzel, J.D., founder of Write Law based in San Diego, California. Write Law helps law firms market their services through legal ghostwriting (legal website content and blogging) and DIY legal marketing courses. When I stumbled upon Write Law I was immediately interested in Mary’s story and how, through Write Law, she has creatively merged the areas of law, writing, marketing, technology, and teaching into a niche business. I am truly grateful that Mary took the time to participate in this interview and I hope you find her as inspiring…

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pegcheng

Do You Need a Diversity Statement?

Diversity is important to all law schools. Why? Because law schools want to foster a rich learning environment. You cannot have a rich learning environment if you do not have different perspectives, backgrounds, experiences and philosophies contributing to the dialogue, debate and discussion in each class. Having a diverse student body is a benefit to all law students. That said, I highly recommend that you think hard about whether you have any diversity factors, and if you do, write a diversity statement. NOTE: If the law school does not specifically ask for a diversity statement, contact the admissions office to…

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PowerScoreTestPrep

6-Week Study Plan for the LSAT

Did you realize that there are six weeks left until the next LSAT? If you are planning on taking this test you should probably start thinking about a study plan if you haven't done so already. Six weeks is a bit on the shorter side as far as study plans go, but it’s doable provided you can devote at least 15-20 hours/week towards LSAT prep. Be realistic – if you are a full-time student or work full time, chances are you cannot spend every waking hour doing Logic Games or Logical Reasoning questions. Nor should you have to; although the…

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Paramjit

Discover 3 Secrets to Becoming A Rainmaker: So You Can Chart The Course For Success In Your Practice

Dear Ms. JD, Imagine taking a leap forward in your practice in just a few hours. Imagine cutting away months of hesitations and false starts. What if you could find simple cost effective solutions to bring in better clients without breaking the bank?  Imagine your stress levels going down. What would that world look like for you? Let me share the good news: It IS possible for you to increase your revenues without breaking the bank account or reinventing the wheel. How? Join me on my new FREE  training call – 3 Secrets To Successful Rainmaking – exclusively for attorneys who are…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Pre-Law: Insights from the Ms. JD Board Recap Part I

Ms. JD's first online pre-law event took place last night as a group of the Ms. JD Board of Directors shared their pre-law insights in a Google Hangout! In case you missed it, you can check out the YouTube video below to catch up!  Ms. JD's pre-law programming continues Wednesday, August 20th at 8pm ET as another group of Board Members reflects back on their pre-law and law school experiences.  If you're looking for more pre-law advice be sure to download Ms. JD's Pre-Law Prep Guide, follow along on Twitter @msjdtweets, and join us next week for our Twitter Chat on Thursday, August 28th at 2pm ET to share your pre-law…

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kroseatkinson

Have JD, Will Travel: Channeling Dolly Parton aka Working 9 to 5

So this month's post is short and sweet. It's what I like to call a 'guess what happened to me list.' Anyway, here it is. List of things that you remember when you start a new job:  - working is awesome! Nothing like coming home after a long productive day to make you feel accomplished.  - working is tiring! Nothing like coming home after a loooong, productive day to make you feel... tired. How can sitting at a desk writing reports, troubleshooting with colleagues, and researching matters make you so worn out by the end of the day?!  - Technology can…

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valerie lherrou

No Longer Extraordinary: forging paths to success

Recently I attended a lunchtime discussion with a group of women lawyers in a law firm conference room to discuss women's negotiation styles. The discussion was centered around an ABA program (which may be offered for CLE credit in some states—it is not in mine) titled "Negotiate Your Way to Success: Best Practices for Women Rainmakers." Since there was no CLE credit involved, the meeting included some of the exercises in the CLE materials, but also branched out into a general discussion of how women's negotiating styles may differ from that of men—and how that plays out in law firm life.  The discussion…

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Shundt

Warren Buffet, Zen and the LSAT

I grew up in a household where I was taught to say “yes” to all opportunities, because one never knows where an experience may lead. At the same time, I was encouraged to decide quickly which new experiences deserved greater and continuous focus.  If the chance of learning or experiencing something new could not be justified as worthy of my time, I need not even consider it a second longer. Second-guessing was essentially worthless by that standard. This efficient and seemingly pain-free way of shuffling through life choices was, and remains, difficult to consistently follow. The pay-off, though, can be…

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riazmaeda

Announcing the OnRamp Fellows - the Selection Process

Ms. JD has been following the launch of an innovative program that pairs talented female lawyers returning to the workforce with big-law firms for a one year paid fellowship.  You can read more about Ms. JD’s coverage of the program here, here, here and here. The nine incoming fellows for 2014-15 pilot program are Sheila Bridges, Dora de la Rosa, Dana Glenn, Heather Hewitt, Mary Klumpp, Yvette Lanneaux, Mimi Ophir, Lori Trujillo, and Pamela Zdunek. You can read their full bios here.  The pilot firms are Baker Botts, Cooley, Hogan Lovells, and Sidley Austin.  Fellows are assigned to a variety…

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pegcheng

How to Get Great Letters of Recommendation

Along with a stellar personal statement and resume, great letters of recommendation (LORs) can help tip the scales in your favor when your law school application is "on the bubble"--not quite in but also not quite out. Never underestimate the power of a great recommendation. WHO SHOULD YOU ASK FOR LORS? If you are a current student, focus on securing all your LORs from professors and teaching assistants (TAs). If you graduated college two or more years ago, and are no longer in touch with your professors and TAs, ask for LORs from your supervisors and/or professional mentors. HOW MANY…

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Taking the Stress Out of Maternity Leave

Congratulations, you are pregnant! Now, what? Immediately upon learning of your pregnancy, begin organizing a comprehensive game plan for how to tackle your caseload over the next few months.  Putting in extra work early in one’s pregnancy – and demonstrating to your colleagues that you indeed have a fool-proof plan of action for your maternity leave – will allow for a much smoother transition later on. Telling your Boss Telling your boss that you are pregnant can be daunting, but you can set the right tone for your maternity leave from the beginning if you walk into the meeting with…

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