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Priyanka Verma

NWLSO Newsletter Editor Position Now Open!

Ms. JD is seeking an editor for their monthly National Women Law Student's Organization (NWLSO) newsletter, which compiles law student-related blog posts on the Ms. JD website, other pertinent articles and blog posts, job, scholarship and internship postings, and events of interest to law students.  The editor serves a vital role by drafting the newsletter that connects and informs our national network. If the editor is interested, there is also an opportunity to write a monthly blog post or introductory note, which could be included in the newsletter.  Time commitment is no more than 5 hours a month, likely less. Ideal for a law student who enjoys writing, editing,…

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The Road Less Traveled: Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark

Many entrepreneurs go through The Darkness - eating instant ramen, crashing in their parents' basement, remortgaging their house, fearing monthly cable bills or paying rent  -- before The Big Success Break, as do many who seek a transition to an alt-path.   While not all alternative legal careers involve entrepreneurship (though in later blog posts we'll speak with lawyers turned entrepreneurs), when it comes to our careers, we are our own entrepreneurs.  We are companies of one.  We are selling our labor and skills and that unique bit of ourselves that only we can offer.  We are convincing others to invest time, money, capital, and goodwill…

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The Bar Exam: How Will That Look Like?

The past month has been a period of transition. As I continue adjusting to life as a mother of three children, I balance a (mostly) flexible schedule. My partner returned to work full time two weeks ago. While there have been occasional challenges, especially when dealing with the needs of an infant and toddler, it has been an amazing experience. In early January, I registered for the March MPRE. I registered for it before, but did not take the exam due to being sick with pneumonia. One of the joys of living where I do is I am often ill…

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Skirting the Ceiling: Politics and Professionalism

With the 2016 election year and the 2017 administration transition, politics seems to lurk around every corner. Navigating these turbulent waters while frantically participating in the 1L summer job search, got me thinking—how do politics and professionalism interact? Are they mutually exclusive? My mission this past month was to find out. Politics and the Job Search  It’s common knowledge that bringing up politics in a job interview is usually a bad idea. But what other red flags are there? I turned to Margaret DeYoung, my career counselor at the University of Houston Law Center, for advice. I asked Margaret if…

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Ms. Pre-JD: “Don’t Go to Law School!”

As an overenthusiastic pre-law student, I can be prone to mentioning that I want to go to law school. Every five seconds. When someone asks about my major, I tell them, but I quickly add, “and I want to go to law school, so it’s more for personal interest!” If anyone asks me about my courseload, I immediately inform them that the political science class is “to be more aware because I want to go to law school”, and that the reason I dropped that GPA-killing elective was because “I have to get into law school!” I don’t think I…

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15 Things You Didn’t Know About NWLSO Leadership Council Member Jasmine Brown

I’m a 1L at St. John’s University School of Law. I’m a Libra. I’m not big on zodiac signs but I do think that it is fitting that my sign is represented by the Scales of Justice. I am a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. I am a Wish Granting volunteer for Make-A-Wish Metro- New York. This requires for me to visit a sick child and their family in order to find out what the child’s one true wish is. I’m a runner. One of the hardest things about my first semester of law school was finding time…

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What #PROPELS Ms. JD’s Vice President Liz Hague

1. Three things that #PROPEL me are: (1) Learning - Ever since I was a little kid, I've devoted my time to reading and learning about the world around me. I love that as a lawyer I find myself digging into diverse subjects, and using that knowledge to advocate on behalf of my clients; (2) Improving the world around me - through volunteering, my Board service, and trying to make my community a better place; (3) My amazing family, friends, and partner Roy, who keep me grounded and remind me to find the fun in life. 2. I #PROPEL others by: …

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Q: I am involved in a negotiation with an abusive opposing counsel. He tries to embarrass me in front of my client and says I don’t know what I am talking about. I am concerned about raising this with my supervising attorney, because he may think I am over my head. Any suggestions? A: Ah. Civility. Depending on your personality, the rough and tumble of law practice can be one of its less appealing aspects. But sometimes the job involves taking a bullet for your client. Usually, the best course of action involves keeping a laser focus on your client’s…

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2017 Ms. JD Honors Awardees Spotlight Series: 5 Q&A with NWLSO at the University of Puerto Rico

National Women Law Students’ Organization (NWLSO) - University of Puerto Rico School of Law  2017 Ms. JD Law School Chapter Award The following questions were formulated based on the NWLSO's profile. 1. NWLSO was founded in 2014 at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law. What was the unmet need behind the creation of such a wonderful organization? Our school has organizations for all sorts of interests and students are encouraged to propose and develop ideas for what they think will benefit communities or the student body. When we started, we had the vision of a network of support…

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Ms. JD Fellowship Project: Legal Technology for Access to Justice (event and live-stream)

In August 2016, I was selected as 2016 Ms. JD Fellow. I applied with the hopes of establishing a platform to promote women, especially women of color, to enter the legal technology field. As my fellowship project for Ms. JD, I am hosting an access to justice panel focused on using legal technology to help marginalized and low-income individuals on a large scale. The event will be live at MSU College of Law's campus but I will also be live-streaming the event. Here is the Facebook page and the live-stream link. (Note: There will be nothing on the live-stream link until 5 minutes before 12:00pm…

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Pre-Law Opportunity in NYC: 5-week “Launching Your Career” Series with the NYC Bar

The NYC Bar Association 2017 "Launching Your Career" Seminar Series is designed to support undergraduates and recent graduates in the beginning stages of their professional development. The series includes the following workshops: Thursday, March 2 (6-8pm): Fireside Chat with Jasmine Wade, Assistant District Attorney, Criminal Enterprise Bureau, Bronx County District Attorney's Office Wednesday, March 8 (6-8pm): Networking & Finding a Mentor with Janine Pollack, Partner at Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP Wednesday, March 15 (6-8pm): Office Etiquette with Sarah O'Connell, Senior Counsel at Norton Rose Fulbright Wednesday, March 22 (6-8pm): Legal Writing with Grace Pickering, Director of Legal…

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Chicago Neighborhood Guide

Chicago is a wonderful city, made up of a variety of unique and vibrant neighborhoods. As the 2017 Ms. JD Conference approaches, I thought I would share some of my favorite places to go in the neighborhoods surrounding Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Specifically, this guide will include top spots to grab a coffee or drink as you explore the city. STREETERVILLE Northwestern Pritzker School of Law is located in Streeterville, home to many graduate students and professionals. For coffee, check out Dollop Coffee Co. at 345 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611. Dollop is a proven Northwestern student favorite,…

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Susan Smith Blakely

True Grit for Women Lawyers

I started talking about the importance of “True Grit” for women lawyers as long ago as 2012 when my second book came out.  In Best Friends at the Bar:  The New Balance for Today’s Woman Lawyer (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business), I included a chapter titled “You Really Need True Grit,” and in 2014 I wrote more on the subject in a blog addressing the value of true grit for women lawyers. So, you can imagine how happy I was to see that the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession is taking grit very seriously as well.  According to a recent article in the ABA Journal,…

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Inspiring TED Talks for Law Students

As law students, our heads often get stuck in preparing for class, attending networking events, developing your “elevator pitch” and devising how to slaughter the Blue Book, etc. In doing so, we forget about the bigger picture of why we are here and what we came here to accomplish. Listening to TED Talks has helped ground me throughout this year and a half of law school. Here are some of my favorites for law students: Lawrence Lessig: Laws that choke creativity Lawrence Lessing argues for reviving our creative culture. While intellectual property law and digital innovation encourages incredible inventions, they…

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Monthly Mantra: Finding Health and Wellness in the Law

Mantra: I will treat myself with patience and kindness and will actively seek opportunities to show grace to others. February’s chocolates and valentines provide constant reminders of love.  In this month dedicated to loving those we hold dear, we also need to internalize that feeling and treat ourselves with kindness.  Belonging to a career field that prizes results under challenging circumstances, can cause us to be unforgiving of our own shortcomings as well as those of others.  When faced with unrealistic expectations, it is important to remember we are human and imperfect and that it is actually a good thing.  In…

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