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Ms. JD has EXTENDED the Deadline to Apply for the NWLSO Leadership Council!

Ms. JD has EXTENDED the Deadline to Apply for the NWLSO Leadership Council to September 30th! This is a great opportunity for law students who are looking to take on leadership roles! Details about the NWLSO Leadership Council and how to apply can be found below. We look forward to receiving your applications! Ms. JD is home to the National Women Law Students’ Organization (NWLSO), a national organization dedicated to connecting and empowering women law students.  Through NWLSO, Ms. JD connects with existing women’s law student organizations and helps create NWLSO chapters and affiliates on law school campuses. More information…

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So You’re a 3L Now? Tips on Securing a Post-Bar Job

The time is finally here. You’re a 3L now. The last two years as a 1L and 2L may linger a little, but they are far gone now. After the initial excitement of returning to law school, you might begin to fret a little at the thought of having only two semesters left before you graduate and take the bar exam. Within these last two semesters, your schedule will be booked before you know it. There’s class, externship work, moot court, law review, student activities, networking events, going to the gym, bar night, oh and bar prep – we can’t…

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Meet Kimberley Motley: The Only American, Westerner, and Woman to Practice Law in Afghanistan

Say hello to Kimberley Motley, the first American and foreigner to hang a shingle in Afghanistan in 2009. She began her practice defending foreign prisoners, and it has evolved into an international litigation practice where she represents Afghan men and women, international and foreign companies, NGOs, embassies, and people around the world. She has achieved countless victories throughout her career, handling many heartwrenching cases and single-handedly bringing justness to Afghanistan. Some of her most remarkable successes include a case where she helped an imprisoned teenage rape victim receive a presidential pardon from former Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, and a case where she brokered a…

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Life in the Law School Lane: 8 Zoolander Quotes that Describe Your Law School Life

“Did you ever think that there’s more to life than being really, really, really ridiculously good at hypotheticals?” – Derek Zoolander, Law Student 1. Derek Zoolander: You think you’re too cool for school, but I have a newsflash for you Walter Cronkite…you aren’t. Everyone talks about how similar law school is to high school. When 200-500 students take classes all in one building, cliques are bound to form. But let’s face it, if you are in law school, you are a huge nerd. No matter how “cool” you may feel walking down those hallways, because of your above-average-for-law school athletic abilities…

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Your Personal Statement: Transforming Your Harrowing Writing Experience into an Inspired Journey

Many will lead you to believe the LSAT is the most difficult part of the law school admission process. The test is challenging, but it’s an analytical test with a clear process: learn the test, complete questions, and repeat. It tests analytical ability, and it makes you work hard for every point, but there’s actually more frustration from another component of the process: the personal statement.  It’s a completely different type of challenge. You hear it in applicants’ voices, see it in their posture, and identify it clearly when they cancel meetings and act noncommittal about topics.   When an…

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Confessions of a General Counsel:  Give Oxygen To The Law And Apply It To The Business

This is the third part in a four-part series about IRAC as a management tool for the new general counsel. It explores ways to apply the rule of law to the specific issues in your company. *Before reading on you might like to read the first post and the second post. INTRODUCTION:  WHAT IS IRAC? IRAC is the framework that every law student uses to write her first legal memo. The first section of the memo states the issue, the second section recites the rule of law, the third section applies the rule of law to the particular facts and the last section…

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Not fLAWless but Fearless: The Five People You Should Befriend in Law School

Just a few short weeks ago, I started off the beginning of the school year by fulfilling my duties as a Student Ambassador for the law school, which meant that I was involved in 1L orientation. This meant a lot of new introductions to nervous, starry-eyed peers whose shoes I was in just one year ago. I consider it a privilege to offer advice and insights about my personal experiences in a way that I hope prospective and new students can utilize. I’ve always valued that sort of information from others as I begin a new chapter myself, so I consider it a…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Chats Recap: Carving a Path to In-House Counsel

On September 12th Ms. JD sat down with a talented group of attorneys who work for companies of various sizes and name brands - each of whom has taken a different route to land in-house.  Our panel of experts shared how they went in-house, tips for determining if an in-house position is right for you, and valuable insight on getting yourself there!  

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Beyond the Pencil Skirt: Settling Into Your Thrive

"3L, that's the one where they bore you to tears, right?"  I recently fielded this well-intentioned question from a friendly local coffee shop barista. Rather than respond hastily, I paused and thought on the maxim: 1L: Scare you to death. 2L: Work you to death. 3L: Bore you to death. Is it just me or is the 3L portion of this maxim wrong? 1L year was daunting, primarily because it was new. 2L year did include mountains of work, but only because I— like many of you— chose to be deeply engaged in and out of the classroom. Those two years were a part…

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The Gen Why Lawyer: What and Why Young Lawyers Should Know About Cultural Competency

For this special post, I reached out to my friend, Aastha Madaan, Estate Planning and Business lawyer in Southern California. Aastha often speaks on the topic of cultural competency in the legal profession. I invited her to share her insights on this important subject for all new and young lawyers to be aware of. The Changing Face of Legal Services Delivery: Cultural Competency in the Practice of Law by Aastha Madaan Culture is like the air we breathe-it is largely invisible and yet we are dependent on it for our very being. Culture is the logic by which we give order to the…

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Kellyn McGee

Turning the Page: Hello, 2L!

Zandrill just began her 2L year – she’s almost halfway through law school.  I asked her how she was doing, how she felt going into her second year, advice she would give to the newbies – the 1Ls who are where she was just a year ago. In her words: I feel relieved to finally be a 2L. I feel well-seasoned and more prepared in all of my classes. I would say that 2L year came quickly, but 1L year was packed full of experiences and memories, which made it feel like forever! I do feel ready to face this…

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Soldier On: Boot Camp to Law School— Amazing Mentors

  “I’ve been through half a dozen other lieutenants just like you.” “You guys all come and go.” “Meanwhile, we stay here and keep things running.” “So you stay out of my way, and I’ll stay out of yours, and we’ll get along just fine.” Then he went outside to smoke a cigarette – one of many he would light up throughout the day. Tim was gruff, outspoken, and not used to working with women. Most of his Army aviation career was spent working in special forces units, units comprised solely of males. But as a brand new lieutenant in…

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Your Brain, Law School, and Law Practice: Are You A Reliable Narrator?

I am a fan of mysteries.  So armed with this information, it may not surprise you to learn that I enjoyed Gone Girl (both book and movie).  For those who missed this mega seller, I do not think it is giving away too much to tell you that both Amy and Nick – the main characters - are “unreliable narrators.”  Although you usually trust the person telling the story in a book, a talented writer can successfully both trick and entertain the reader by breaking this convention.  The writer of Gone Girl dropped enough hints along the way to make…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Q: How should I refer to people that I interact with professionally? Are first names okay? A: Here is my quick and dirty rule: If you are in a position of giving advice or providing value to another person, use their first name. In other situations, start with a more formal salutation. Recently, University of Utah law professor Shima Baradaran Baughman called for students to stop calling professors by their first name. Her post for PrawfsBlawg expressed frustration with “nonconsensual first-name calling” and caught the attention of the Wall Street Journal. Professor Baughman’s post argued that casual interactions between professors…

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One Question You Must Answer Before Law School

I was told I would be a lawyer for as long as I can remember. My parents put me in a “future lawyer” shirt when I was two years old, I have always loved arguing debating, and reading is my all-time favorite hobby. It seemed like a good fit, so I began working toward this goal in earnest when I started college, and attempted to choose a relevant field of study. Then, when the time came to apply for law school, I chose a legal field I thought would suit me. All the while, I never paused to reflect on…

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