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That Pre-Law Millennial: Thank You, and See You Later

To all my dearest, fellow 2016 Ms. JD writers-in-residence: It's December! We've come to our final blog posts! My sincerest thanks for your wisdom and your friendship this year. What a joy and honor it has been to get to know you all. In particular, I'd like to give shoutouts to: Gloria, our amazing #MsJDWIR Program Director, for your endless patience and for keeping all of us organized (herding cats!) Delida, for coming all the way to Columbia University (!) to chat with and inspire our group of pre-law undergrads  Julie, for your constant encouragement, and the spot-on advice in your column—which…

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That Pre-Law Millennial: 10 Lessons from the Columbia Women’s Leadership Conference

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a Women's Leadership Conference organized by the Columbia Spectator, where we heard from an impressive, inspiring group of professionals across different industries (e.g. finance, media, non-profits). Here are 10 of the insights they shared: "You can't achieve ambitious goals by only looking at your own narrow slice—you need the broader picture." — Lisbeth Shepherd, Founder/Executive Director of Green City Force "In deciding between opportunities to pursue, ask yourself: "What do I want to learn?" Your industry may look completely different in 35 years, so you need to keep learning." — Leah Meisterlin, Assistant…

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That Pre-Law Millennial: “Building Content” for (Corporate-Oriented) Pre-Law Interviews

Recently, I had a few classmates ask me how I managed to secure "so many" law-related internships as an undergraduate. I tell them that part of it has to do with being at the right place at the right time. I'm conscious that many of the opportunities that I've had so far stem from the privilege of attending a great school, and having the support of a world-class career center and a generous alumni network. I also have the advantage of living and studying in New York City, where legal organizations that offer undergraduate internships actually exist, and where most biglaw…

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That Pre-Law Millennial: 10 Tips to Succeed at your Summer Internship

I wrote the following two summers ago, for a Reflection Project that I submitted to the Center for Career Education at Columbia University. (I spent the summer of 2014 as a Graduate Recruitment Intern at the Hong Kong office of Clifford Chance LLP—an opportunity offered through the Columbia Experience Overseas Program.) In any case, I hope that my fellow pre-law readers will find the following tips helpful, especially since "summer internship season" is coming up soon! Check out the original document at this link, and please let me know what you think in the comments below!   Reflection Project: 10…

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That Pre-Law Millennial: Lots and Lots of Ms. JD Love!!

It is no secret that I am a massive fan of Ms. JD. Over the last year or so, I've found myself warmly welcomed into the Ms. JD community by an incredible group of lawyers and law students—mentors, who have all been wonderfully generous with their time and advice. At the same time, however, I had also only interacted with many of these amazing women online through the Ms. JD blog and other social media platforms. April, therefore, has been a particularly exciting month. I had the opportunity to meet not one—but two—of my superstar Ms. JD mentors in-person when…

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That Pre-Law Millennial: Pre-Law Night at Latham!

Thanks to the initiative and enthusiasm of Katie Larkin-Wong, the Immediate Past President of Ms. JD, the New York office of Latham & Watkins recently hosted a Pre-Law Night for over 40 undergraduates from Columbia, NYU and Fordham. And what a fun night it was! Our generous hosts served us a delicious hot dinner (as an undergrad there are few things I love more than free food), and a panel of Latham lawyers and staff gave us lots of helpful pre-law advice, such as: Your LSAT score and 1L grades are crucial. Treat studying for them like a full-time job.…

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That Pre-Law Millennial: My First Seminar

Earlier this week, I conducted a peer-mentorship seminar for my fellow undergraduates at Columbia University, called "Launch Your Pre-Law Career! What undergraduates can be doing now to gain legal experience and build your professional network." My first goal in hosting this meeting was to "give back" to the pre-law community at school. After serving as President of the Columbia Pre-Law Society for the last two years, I'll be retiring in about two weeks—and I thought it would be nice to share some of the career/networking strategies that have worked for me so far with my peers and underclassmen. My second…

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That Pre-Law Millennial: Gatecrashing 101

Confession: I gatecrashed a conference at Columbia Law School yesterday. I dressed up in a suit, followed someone through a back door, judiciously avoided the Office of Career Services staff and tried to not look like a lost undergraduate as I quickly took a seat among the 1L's. (I was feeling pretty cool and James Bondsy until a law school friend spotted me, raised an eyebrow and said, "I can't believe you're here voluntarily. I actually have to be here.")     The conference was great. It was extremely valuable to hear lawyers from leading law firms share advice such…

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That Pre-Law Millennial: Founding a Corporate Law Mentoring Circle

In my previous Ms. JD Writer In Residence post, I talked about how my supervisor at my first "pre-law" internship sent me to a series of New York State courts (e.g. criminal, housing, family), and instructed me to chat with a given list of legal professionals (i.e. judges, lawyers, clerks, administrators)—a priceless experience that not only helped me develop key career skills, but also taught me an incredible amount of "content" about the law and the legal profession. Drawing inspiration from that model of learning about the legal profession through "going out and talking to people," as well as from…

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That Pre-Law Millennial: Life-Changing Lessons I Learnt from my First Internship

Hi everyone! I’m a third-year undergraduate at Columbia University and one of the 2016 Ms. JD Writers in Residence (“WIR”). I’m extremely excited to be sharing my pre-law journey with you over the next 12 months. Perhaps because it’s the new year and this is my first WIR post, I’ve been thinking a lot about “beginnings.” Specifically, I’ve been reflecting on the incredible mentorship that I received at my first pre-law internship, and how I owe many of my subsequent achievements to those early lessons. About two and a half years ago, I did an internship at the Office of…

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