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Nurturing Leadership Skills

It is one month until the MPRE. The time flew by quickly. The past week, I have been bombarded with trainings, workshops, organizing events, work obligations, and through it all, somehow spending time with my children. It was a stressful week as I dealt with personal matters relating to my oldest, yet we managed to take care of the situation. Unfortunately, this meant I did not begin preparing for the MPRE as I originally planned last month. Instead, I begin my MPRE preparation tomorrow, which gives me a little under a month to prepare. This means no outside distractions and…

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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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She Held My Hand Today

It was the two of us this afternoon. We were running errands together, and had went into a nearby shop. Outside, it was cold and crisp, with temperatures around the upper 20s. When we walked to the store, I felt a small hand go into mine. I looked down and at her for a moment. I looked at her closely. Then a wistful thought came in my mind. She is eight years old and in second grade. Yet, she is holding my hand. My proud, intelligent, challenging, and outspoken eight-year-old reached out and held my hand. As I write this,…

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Reflections Before Moving Forward

Happy New Year! Welcome to what I hope will be an exciting year as we move forward and say good-bye to the good and bad moments of 2016. As for me, 2016 was an interesting year. After traveling a twisty road, I graduated with my law degree in May 2016.  Through careful deliberation, I made the difficult choice to postpone taking the bar exam until July 2017 as the State Bar will be switching to the Uniform Bar Exam. I applied for many employment opportunities in nonprofits and state and local governments, was rejected by many, and received several interviews. Undeterred,…

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The Job Search

The job search. It is a scary and exciting time for me. I have been lucky with my job search post-graduation. I applied for and was accepted into a 8 month fellowship, which ends in February next year. Further, I applied for a full time position as a Community Organizer, and have the position until at least next fall, contingent on funding.   In the meantime, I continue to apply for state positions (my applications are being reviewed) and identifying legal fellowships. There are three legal fellowships with deadlines of December 31, January 15, and April 2017. I am applying…

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Response: How do you think pre-law individuals, law students, and/or lawyers may benefit [. . . ]

Prompt: How do you think pre-law individuals, law students, and/or lawyers may benefit from writing for law blogs?  From someone who relied heavily on identifying women attorney mentors who balanced law school, post-bar life, a career, and most importantly, being an attentive parent, all individuals, whether a pre-law student, law student, and/or lawyer benefit from writing for law blogs.  Blog writing provides an opportunity for the interested and motivated writer to share their experiences with a broad audience. Folks who stumble upon law blogs, such as myself, benefit from learning about the experiences others have had, and may seek additional…

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Mommy, Domestic Violence Survivor, and Law Graduate

After five years, I finally accomplished my goal.  I graduated law school this past May 2016.  It was not an easy feat.  I was first admitted into law school in 2011, but was dismissed after the first semester due to poor grades.  At the time, I was in an abusive marriage, and trying to raise a daughter in the mist of it. While I was re-admitted in 2012, the next two years was difficult.  I made the choice to leave my ex, and when I returned to law school, I learned to adjust as a newly single mom to a lively…

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Starting Over Law School Again

My story is a little different.  I'm going to be a first year law student, for the second time. I was admitted in Fall 2011, and unfortunately, after going through my first semester, did not make the grade cut off.  I took time off from law school, and submitted my petition on why I should be readmitted, and received my acceptance letter in May.  I will be returning this fall again as a 1L, with new classmates, and a stronger conviction to do well.  This is my story, and my progress, as a repeating 1L, and any struggles I experience…

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