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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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Submitting the State Bar Exam Application and Preparing for the Bar

I submitted my bar exam application at the end of March. Since I had completed the July 2016 bar exam application for practice, and obtained my fingerprints then, it was a matter of retyping my application with updated information and gathering my paperwork together. I felt stressed when I completed the application, as evident when I kept reviewing the application for mistakes. I checked the mailing address of my personal references several times and corrected mistakes. I recall when I first completed the bar application it took me several hours over the course of several weeks as I had to…

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After the MPRE

I took the MPRE on Saturday, March 18th. The exam was two hours, sixty questions. I will admit: I was not prepared. I had my game face on throughout the exam, but after I walked out, I felt slightly shell shocked. I felt the process was surreal. I did make one important observation: if I must retake the exam, I will not take it at my alum. I will take it elsewhere to avoid that feeling of déjà vu of being a law student, and recalling the struggles I went through. I will take a day or two to brush…

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The Job Search: Bruised Ego and Alternative Career Options

My current job as an Organizer is a limited term duration position. I have been creative in my job application approach – applying for state and local government positions and several non-profit organization positions.  For example, in December, one week after having my baby, I submitted a legal fellowship application. I submitted two fellowship applications in January and several Executive Director positions with local non-profits.  Further, I will be applying for grants and attend training on leadership development and building. In addition, as it is legislative session in Oregon, I have been attending various lobby day gatherings and meeting with…

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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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