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KatieDay

SAVE THE DATE! Join Ms. JD on June 11th for a Kendra Gives Back Party!

We're excited to announce that Ms. JD has partnered with Kendra Scott to host several Kendra Gives Back Parties on Sunday, June 11th! Enjoy sips and sweets while you shop for a cause. 20% of all proceeds will go to Ms. JD! Find a location near you and RSVP below! If there isn't a location near you, don't worry, Kendra Scott will be offering free shipping to anyone who calls in to a participating store to support Ms. JD! Locations Kendra Scott at the Summit Birmingham, AL Sunday, June 11 | 1pm-4pm CT RSVP Kendra Scott Bethesda Row Bethesda, MD Sunday, June…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Chats Recap: A How to Guide for Summer Associate Success with Grover Cleveland

Ms. JD Chats: Secrets for Baby Sharks - A How to Guide for Summer Associate Success with Grover Cleveland On Thursday, May 18th Ms. JD chatted with Grover E. Cleveland, as he shared the secrets to succeeding as a summer associate. Watch below to learn how to make yourself stand out, why you should treat the summer as one long interview, and so much more!  Have more questions for Grover? Email them to grover@lessonsforsharks.com or connect with Grover on Twitter @babysharklaw. The first 10 law students to submit questions will receive their own baby shark stress ball!  And you can read an excerpt from Grover's…

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Tips for Developing a Successful Career from Women Who Have Done It

An upcoming article  by three women lawyers--the Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the former CEO of the D.C. Bar and a law partner who chairs the D.C. Pro Bono Committee--set forth 8 valuable tips for pursuing and advancing a successful and meaningful career. These remarkable women highlight the importance of harnessing your passion, getting the credit you deserve, taking charge of your professional development and building strong relationships inside and outside your organization. Take a moment to review the article and then reflect upon how you can take action and incorporate their advice into your own…

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tigsAATYl2

Gender Inequality In The Immigration Process

The problems facing women in the legal profession are well documented, from problems with workplace discrimination to the ongoing debate around being a working parent. The question of whether women can have it all is frequently uttered, to the point where it has almost lost all meaning. As a female law student, I’ve seen this all too frequently. What I wear to court is more likely to be criticised or highlighted, and I often find myself the subject of unwanted attention in professional situations. It shouldn’t happen, but it does, and we all have our own coping mechanisms for not…

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vatsaleisha

Take Two: The Journey to Retaking the Bar—New Job, New City, New Experiences

In my last post, I discussed tips for finding a job, and I can honestly say that one of those tips got me my job. Referrals. My friend referred me to the Human Resources Director of her employment, and two interviews later, I accepted a job as Recovery Specialist with the company. As a Recovery Specialist, my primary responsibility is recovering money for insurance companies for claims they paid for on behalf of their members. This job entails negotiating on the phone and a high volume of cases. Accepting this position meant I had to move eighty miles to a…

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natalieyello

Considering Law School? Don’t Forget To Do These Three Things

The decision to attend law school can be daunting and it often can feel like it is taking over your life. In order to stay sane, make sure you keep these three things in your mind and you will do just fine! Find Your Support System—Both In and Out of Law School You cannot complete law school with your sanity intact without a support system of some kind. I suggest having a support system both within and outside of law school. For me, I met my circle of girlfriends within the first months of law school and relied on them…

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thislawyerlife

How I Had a (Relatively) Stress-Free Summer Studying for the Bar

Now that I am a senior associate in a private law firm, the summer I spent studying for the bar exam feels like a lifetime ago. But when I recently looked back on those days of Barbri lectures, flashcards, and practice essays while chatting with a current law student, I found myself smiling at memories of that time! If that sounds bonkers to you, don’t worry, it did to me too at first. But after thinking about why I could reflect on the summer I spent studying for the bar with fondness, I realized I consistently engaged in some healthy…

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tammyzhu

Join the Conversation:  A Book Review of Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in 15 Suggestions

“When your children and grandchildren ask you what you did in the war against racial and gender inequality, what will you say?” – a mentor A recent study by The American Lawyer revealed that at our current rate, female equity partners will not reach 30 percent until 2081, and without extraordinary new efforts, parity remains only a distant possibility.   Currently, women make up about 47% of graduating law school classes and 45% of incoming Big Law associates but only 16% of equity partners.  This means that men make up only 55% of incoming Big Law associates but almost 85% of…

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nicolemoriniere

Fueling the Career Fire: Networking Events as Motivation

Even if you have your dream job, there are some days or weeks when your motivation can falter. Maybe you're distracted with other things going on in your personal life or you have to complete certain tasks that day or week that aren't the tasks you enjoy the most in your job. During these times, I find it helpful to find motivation and inspiration outside of myself and my work. I find one really good way to get inspired again is to attend events on a work-related or work-adjacent topic that I'm interested in, and that will also attract a…

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Ms. Pre-JD: Setting Summer Internship Goals

With Summer right around the corner, I thought it was time to discuss what to do at your internship versus how to get in the door. I’ll admit that, at my first internship, I did not speak to anyone in the office outside of my boss, the internship coordinator, the secretary, and the security guards. Of course, if anyone else greeted me, I would smile and return in kind. But I never made conversation, or asked if I could help with any of their projects…and I certainly didn’t ask about their kids, their weekend, or anything personal. Why? For the…

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Delania

Drive Your Journey: The Unexpected Redirection

While changes in one’s life can be intentional, there are times when the unplanned may occur. For example, you may have your heart set on practicing in a certain area of the law and not get hired in the positions to which you initially apply. You may focus on applying to positions in a certain city but get a fitting offer in another city. This may redirect your journey, but the key is to remember that you are on a journey. It does not have to be your final destination and likely will not be. First, remember to embrace where…

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aechsner

You have decided to re-take the bar. What next?

The decision has been made. You have signed up and sent in all of the necessary paperwork for the next bar examination.  You have marked the date(s) of the exam on your calendar and you know that you need to start studying, again, and soon. Everything outside of these two thoughts might seem blurry and potentially overwhelming but I assure you, you have the tools and y-o-u are capable. Whether this will be your second time or fifth time preparing for the bar, the following is food for thought about how you will position yourself to be in the best…

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Jmnakamoto

You’ll Move Mountains, Kid: Going from Tragedy to Triumph

Ms. Ieshia Champs-Smith is a rising 3L student at Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Texas.  I had the pleasure of meeting her at a women’s attorney event where she was honored as one of the scholarship recipients.  Ieshia’s story is rife with so much turmoil and tragedy.  Although her dreams might have died once or twice, her resolve and faith in God never let her give up.  Now, she is roughly one year away from achieving her dreams of becoming an attorney. When Ieshia was very young, she was taken away from her parents and sent to live with…

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bg3orge

Creating Work-Life Balance in the Legal Field

I had the pleasure of speaking with attorney and mother, Elise Buie, last month about achieving balance between work and life while maintaining a law career.  Of the many things that Elise brought to light for me, I think the thing that stuck with me the most is the fact that in terms of providing appropriate accommodations for pregnant or nursing women, we have come so far. I have nursed and pumped in some pretty awful, dirty places. The ferry bathroom is at the top of my list (both in the terminal and on the ferry). But, I have also nursed…

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Sappho

Bar Preparation and Job Hunting: Part 2

Today, I am feeling defeated. I have not studied much for the past month. The bulk of my time has been spent applying for jobs, doing advocacy work for my non-profit, and spending time with my children. I do not have the luxury of staying home with my children and studying for the bar exam. Finding a job is becoming more important than studying for the bar. Since my hours at my current job as a Community Organizer was reduced to 10 hours every two weeks, finances are extremely tight for my family right now. I was afraid we were…

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