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Part-time Law, Full-time Life: “Fools rush in…” or Enrolling in a Part-time Law Program

Three weeks ago, I uploaded my last exam response of the semester. I went through my now-typical process of double-checking my formatting, reviewing the instructions, taking note of the time of upload, re-calculating the number of words, and cautiously hit the submit button. Later that night, joining my husband for a post-semester celebratory drink, it dawned on me that I had transposed my exam number during submission – on that exam, and two others. I remember freezing with terror as my husband looked at me, panic in his eyes, worried I was having some kind of attack, until I shrieked…

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Choosing A Law School

Law school admissions decisions are rolling in and the choices you make today will impact your career. What factors should you consider when choosing a law school?  While law school rank can be an important factor in terms of prestige and hiring opportunities, there are other, more nuanced, factors that can also influence your decision such as: Financial considerations.  Student loan debt can have far-reaching ramifications that can impact your career choices.  Your goal should be to graduate with as little student loan debt as possible.  In today’s competitive admissions environment, students are in the driver’s seat when requesting scholarships…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week Ending April 18, 2014

Happy Friday!  This week's news coverage has been focused on a central theme: confidence.  While women are undoubtedly as competent as men, we often lag behind our male colleagues in self-assuredness.  Take a look at why confidence matters just as much as competence in the workplace.  So, for those of us who aren't brimming with confidence, how can we move ahead?  Take some advice from Ms. JD's Writer in Residence, Keita Rose Atkinson: don't be afraid to own your awesome!  On the other hand, The Glass Hammer offers a structural solution and encourages women to build a new leadership model.…

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Deborah Rhode on Women in Law

Editor's note: The thirtieth anniversary edition of Women in Law by Dr. Cynthia Fuchs Epstein is now available in paperback from Quid Pro Books. The book features a new foreward by Deborah Rhode, Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law, Stanford University. We are excited to share the foreward with you today on Ms. JD.  For an exceprt from the book, click here. When Cynthia Fuchs Epstein published her pathbreaking account of Women in Law, their status in the profession was separate and anything but equal. They constituted less than 15 percent of lawyers and 5 percent of partners, earned about…

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We still need the support of our elders

The idea that women do not belong in the legal field is a sentiment that my generation grew up knowing only as an ancient belief captured in our history books. As a child of the late eighties and early nineties, I was constantly told that the sky is the limit, to pursue my goals, that no obstacle was too high, and that nothing would prevent me from being whomever I pleased. It is easy to take law school for granted, to view it as just another hoop in the journey to being fabulous. But it wasn't that long ago that…

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