Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Fellows Present: Mentorship 101 Recap

On May 20, 2015 the 2014-2015 Ms. JD Fellows presented a candid conversation on mentorship in law school. Check out the full video below as the fellows will discuss their mentorship experiences through the Ms. JD fellowship over the past year. Plus, you won't want to miss the Fellows sharing their top mentorship tips for all stages of law school from the first year through third year!     

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD’s Pre-Law Summer LSAT Course Giveaway with PowerScore!

Update: Congratulations to Patricia who won the PowerScore course!    To celebrate the first year of Ms. JD's pre-law programming, Ms. JD Pre-Law Sponsor, PowerScore, is giving away a LSAT prep course to one lucky Ms. JD reader!    Over the past year Ms. JD has expanded on our Pre-Law Prep Guide to compile several resources for pre-law students! Expert advice can be found weekly posts on our blog, including insights from PowerScore on LSAT success. And don't miss the recaps of our pre-law Twitter Chats, and Google Hangouts!    Enter to win a PowerScore Live Online Course using the widget below!    With a PowerScore Live Online Course you'll…

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Laura Bladow

Stand Up: Taking Leadership Initiative to Accelerate Your Career

Please join Ms. JD on Monday, June 22, 2015 from 12:30-2 pm EDT for an engaging conversation with Professor Scott Westfahl, Faculty Director of Harvard Law School Executive Education.  Professor Westfahl oversees and teaches global leadership and business skills programs for senior and emerging law firm leaders, general counsel and other senior in-house leaders, and mid- to senior-level associates.    He also teaches courses on problem solving, teams, networks and innovation within the law school's J.D. Curriculum.  Professor Westfahl joined HLS from the law firm Goodwin Procter LLP, where he served from 2004-2013 as the firm's Director of Professional Development. Prior to his work at…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Pre-Law: How to make the most of your LSAT prep course

I have always been a firm believer that every experience is only whatever you make of it. You are responsible for making the most out of every opportunity. Your LSAT prep course is no different. The test prep company, the instructor, the class - none of them are responsible for your success on test day. Rather, it is up to you to make the most out of the resources you have and hustle to get that elusive 180! Here are my top 10 tips to get your hustle started: Prioritize your life. For the 12 or 14 weeks before your…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Pre-Law: How to choose an LSAT prep course

Presumably you’ve decided that taking an LSAT prep class is the right decision for you. (If you’re still weighing your LSAT prep options stop reading here, and open this post in a new tab.) With several different companies out there to choose from, and each company’s unique set of course options, it can be hard to know if you’re making the right call. As you explore your options it’s important to keep budget and scheduling in mind, but more importantly you need to understand the curriculum and preparation material offerings of each company. Before you sign up make sure you…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Pre-Law: Choosing the right LSAT prep method for YOU!

If you’re new to the pre-law world you might be struggling to figure out what is the best way to study for the LSAT. There are three different options to chose from: self-study, a tutor, or a class. Within each option there are a variety of different companies and consultants, who all promise to maximize your score. I’m going to let you in on a secret here, none of these companies or consultants are the key to your success on the LSAT. They will not make or break your score. YOU make or break your score.  You can be successful…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Pre-Law: Financial February - 10 Things You Must Do This Month

Upon submitting all of my law school applications before Christmas I felt a huge weight lift off of my shoulders. The peace of mind that came with knowing I had checked all the boxes and there was nothing left to do was probably the best Christmas present I could have given myself. However, as the admissions decisions began to filter in, I quickly realized there was still a good deal of work to be done before I reached a decision point. Yes, there is work in the waiting game. (Sadly, I'm not just talking about comparing schools and making pro/con…

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Laura Bladow

Stronger Together Happy Hour in Houston

Ms. JD President, Katie Larkin-Wong, wants to be Stronger Together with Houston during the ABA Mid-Year Meeting. Join Katie and local host, Sheila Forjuoh (UT '12, Latham & Watkins Houston Associate, former Ms. JD Board Member), for a night of networking and connecting about how we can support one another in 2015!   Join the Ms. JD community on Friday, February 6, 2015 at the The Springbok in downtown Houston from 4 - 6 pm for a happy hour fundraiser. 10% of food and drink purchases will be donated to support Ms. JD's 2015 programming! RSVP Here Friday, February 6, 2015 4 - 6 pm…

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Laura Bladow

Pre-Law Perspective on Serial: What is the evidence going to show?

Although I was late jumping on the Serial bandwagon, I was quickly hooked after listening to the first episode. If you haven’t been listening, I highly recommend taking sometime to catch up on the true crime story being shared in podcast form. While much of the discussion surrounding Serial centers on trying to conclusively prove or disprove Adnan Syed’s guilt or innocence, after a marathon of episodes, I kept coming back to one question: “Was there really enough evidence to have convicted Adnan?” Admittedly, I am very much a legal novice. As a 0L, I have yet to learn the…

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Laura Bladow

“You Are Never Stuck”: An Interview with Juliana Siconolfi

I had the pleasure of chatting with Juliana Siconolfi about law school and her experiences in academia. Juliana is Ms. JD's 2014 Writers-in-Residence Program Director and 2015 Academic Director. She is a Professorial Lecturer in Law with The George Washington University Law School, where she teaches law students participating in the Field Placement Program. Previously, she worked with the Field Placement Program as a Visiting Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Friedman Fellow. If you're pre-law or in law school and are curious about a certain career path or have questions about law school, I'd encourage you to set up…

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