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NatalieMolz

Ms. JD Press Release: Michigan Law’s Samantha Hall Wins 2014 Ms. JD’s Public Interest Scholarship

Ms. JD announced that Samantha Hall was awarded a 2014 Ms. JD Public Interest Scholarship.  The scholarship supports women who, in their first or second summer of law school, are pursuing a public interest internship.  Past public interest scholars have worked for judges, state attorney generals, non-profit organizations, the International Criminal Court, and international NGOs, among others.  To apply for the scholarship, students submit an essay to Ms. JD's blog at www.ms-jd.org.   Of the scholarship, Ms. JD's President, Katie Larkin-Wong said, "The Public Interest Scholarship is a key part of Ms. JD's commitment to supporting students who pursue a…

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KendraBeckwith

Through the Looking Glass—Observations from Five Years Out: Inundated, Part II

I recently wrote about the joys and challenges of success. Those thoughts on managing “inundation” gave rise to the following dialogue about the specific challenges dual-lawyer households face. Any lawyer who is also a spouse, partner, or parent knows that her success is not hers alone. My husband, Mark, is a public defender in a high-volume, demanding environment. To say ours is a genuine partnership probably understates the role he plays in caring for our son, maintaining the day-to-day operation of our household, and tending to our marriage. Given the demands of my trial and appellate practice, I could not…

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michaeljohnson

Tips To Help You Talk To Clients – Things You Do Not Learn In Law School

One of the crucial aspects of being a good lawyer is being able to establish a proper communication channel with your clients. It is very difficult to do this and the truth is that it is not something that you will learn during law school. You will be offered various tips by lawyers that are more experienced but everything boils down to your confidence and what you do in order to gain the trust of the client. In order to help you advance faster in your career and establish better connections, let us think about some really simple tips that…

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Heather Asher

Join Ms. JD on October 27 for a National Event Featuring Paulette Brown, ABA President-Elect!

Determined to Rise: A Conversation on Law, Leadership and Being "The First" with Paulette Brown, President-Elect of the ABA Please join Ms. JD on October 27, 2014 for an engaging conversation with Paulette Brown, President-Elect of the American Bar Association (ABA).  When she takes the reins as President, Ms. Brown will be the first African-American woman to lead the ABA.  Ms. Brown is also a labor and employment law partner and chief diversity officer at Edwards Wildman Palmer and has served in many other positions, including as in-house counsel to Fortune 500 companies and a municipal court judge. In private…

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ptittle

The LSAT: Understanding the Architecture of Argument (part 1)

A fair number of people come to me after having taken an LSAT course, and one thing that keeps surprising, and appalling, me is how little they understand argument.  They have, apparently, been advised to use various shortcuts to get to the right answer: eliminate any answer with extreme words like ‘only’ and ‘always’; eliminate the answers that are too general; eliminate any answer that doesn’t use the same words as those used in the stimulus; eliminate the very short answers; and so on. I strongly discourage that approach.  Instead, I encourage people to simply understand what’s being said.  In…

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Paramjit

10 Practical Tips To Get Young Attorneys On The Path to Building a Book of Business

Dear Ms. JD, We are officially in September – where has the year gone? As 2015 is rapidly approaching, evaluating your career and practice goals is key to stay ahead.  Are you ready for it? OR…are you still struggling with the same issues you had in your business at the beginning of the year? Check out these ten practical tips to get you on the right track: Are you planning to fail or planning to succeed? Have a plan. Nothing complicated just a simple plan. Create 90 days or monthly goals (actions) Plan and schedule business development every day. Decide what you plan…

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Jeena Cho

Sex & Money: Lead with Kindness

Dear readers, Last month, I wrote What I Wish I Knew in My 20’s, and it was full of wonderful advice from lawyers across the country. As I reflect back on my 10+ years of law practice, I received plenty of advice - some I followed, some I ignored. Often, the advice was good and helpful. Other advice that I thought was good turned out to be bad. I wanted to share one particular piece of advice I regretted taking. When I was a baby lawyer, I was invited to sit in on a deposition with one of the managing partners…

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NatalieMolz

Ms. JD Press Release: Evelina Chang of UC Hastings Wins 2014 Ms. JD’s Public Interest Scholarship

Ms. JD announced that Evelina Chang was awarded a 2014 Ms. JD Public Interest Scholarship.  The scholarship supports women who, in their first or second summer of law school, are pursuing a public interest internship.  Past public interest scholars have worked for judges, state attorney generals, non-profit organizations, the International Criminal Court, and international NGOs, among others.  To apply for the scholarship, students submit an essay to Ms. JD's blog at www.ms-jd.org.   Of the scholarship, Ms. JD's President, Katie Larkin-Wong said, "The Public Interest Scholarship is a key part of Ms. JD's commitment to supporting students who pursue a…

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editor

A Historical Perspective on Lauren’s Determination: Define Yourself – Always

Although I am far from a youthful Ms. J.D., I read this Blog faithfully.  I have done so for several years, ever since my daughter, Katherine Larkin-Wong, disregarded my sage advice to forgo becoming the President of Ms. J.D. when she was just beginning her legal career.  I explained to Kate that it was wiser to devote herself completely to her legal development as she started out, rather than dividing her time between her career and Ms. J.D.  Trying to do too much at one time, I reasoned, would only dilute the results achieved all around.  Thankfully, Kate thoughtfully considered…

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myung21

Not Your Average Hearsay: Networking via Coffee!

Happy September everyone! Whether it be the start of another school year or just looking forward to fall and cooler weather, summer is almost over! Many firms and companies had summer socials - did you take advantage of them? If you didn’t necessarily leap at the chance of mingling with your coworkers and other professionals in the field, don’t worry, there’s still a way you can get your daily/monthly/weekly dose of networking in. I’m not talking about the old way of sending LinkedIn Mail and hoping that someone will reply; I’m talking about the new Coffee App! A fellow alumnus of…

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NatalieMolz

Ms. JD Press Release: Paige Armstrong Gutierrez Wins 2014 Ms. JD’s Public Interest Scholarship

Ms. JD announced that Paige Armstrong Gutierrez was awarded a 2014 Ms. JD Public Interest Scholarship.  The scholarship supports women who, in their first or second summer of law school, are pursuing a public interest internship.  Past public interest scholars have worked for judges, state attorney generals, non-profit organizations, the International Criminal Court, and international NGOs, among others.  To apply for the scholarship, students submit an essay to Ms. JD's blog at www.ms-jd.org.   Of the scholarship, Ms. JD's President, Katie Larkin-Wong said, "The Public Interest Scholarship is a key part of Ms. JD's commitment to supporting students who pursue…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Pre-Law: An Application Checklist

While Ms. JD's Pre-Law Prep Guide covers most of the following in a good deal of detail, this checklist provides a quick guide of hyperlinks to allow you to jump to whatever is most relevant to your pre-law journey. Do your research and make sure law school is right for you. Connect with the pre-law advisor at your school, reach out to your network to find a current law student or young attorney who might be willing to be a resource as you navigate the application process. Read up on the application process Register for the LSAT. Research LSAT test prep…

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biancajgay

BEEatitudes: Keep Not Settling

When last we “spoke” in July, I shared my challenges with finding a job now that I’m a lawyer.   I’m still looking for work, and I’m hopeful that I’ll find something soon.  But I want that something to be great, not just something I have to take simply because it beats unemployment.  For the past few years, that’s been my mentality.  I was so sure that something would be better than nothing, so instead of just applying for jobs I really wanted, I started to I apply to any and everything, whether I thought I’d like it or knew I’d…

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Where Are All My Ladies At? Women’s Prospects in Law Leadership from a 1L Perspective

I recently read an article describing the state of women in law, specifically on pay equality and leadership positions.[1] In my undergrad, I wrote my senior thesis on women’s equality in the workforce and the glass ceiling, so naturally this piqued my interest in relation to my given profession of law. I just began law school; this is my third week of classes. My 1L class is about 48% female, and my law school has been cranking out fairly equal percentages of women attorneys since the 1970’s.[2] 45% of all law degrees in the United States in just the last 12…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Event Recap - Decision Point: Law School

Did you miss Ms. JD's Decision Point: Law School event? Check out the below Storify recap to catch up on some great admissions advice! [View the story "Decision Point: Law School" on Storify]  

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