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2019 Writers in Residence Program ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Ms. JD is currently seeking applications for our 2019 Writers in Residence Program. The Writers in Residence program was started in 2010 and is a select group of practicing attorneys, alternative career individuals, pre-law students, current law students, and other professionals who contribute monthly articles for one year to the Ms. JD blog on a topic of their choosing. Some blog titles this year were: Concrete Ceilings and Open Doors: Women of Color & The Law, Drive Your Journey, Monthly Mantra: Finding Health and Wellness in the Law, Failure Turned Inside Out, The Road Less Traveled: Alternative Legal Paths, The M in…

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Ms. JD Honors Awards - Submit Your Nominations!

Ms. JD is proud to continue honoring exceptional women and men making contributions to the advancement of women in the legal profession through Ms. JD Honors. The Ms. JD Honors Reception will take place in connection with Ms. JD’s upcoming Annual Conference, #MsJDSpeakUp, at the University of Pennsylvania Law School on March 14-15, 2019. The Ms. JD Honors awards will celebrate those who demonstrate passion for their careers and share that passion with other men and women. Nominations are due by Friday, January 4, 2019. Below is a description of the awards and instructions for submitting nominations. Woman of Inspiration Award…

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Join Ms. JD’s Global Education Fund Program!

Interested in women’s issues, international development, fundraising and education?  If yes, consider supporting us as our next part-time, unpaid, Global Education Fund program volunteer!  Ms. JD created the Global Education Fund (“GEF”) to enable women in developing countries who otherwise would not have access to further education pursue a legal education.  Each year, GEF has made it possible for two Ugandan women in each class year to pursue their dreams of becoming lawyers by attending the law program at Makerere University in Uganda. The part-time and unpaid Global Education Fund program volunteer will be responsible for: Helping to lead outreach and program development…

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Why Your Law School Might Not Help You Find Your Next Job

Most law schools have an enthusiastic and hard-working career counseling office and staff. If you are headed to a law firm, and especially if you are headed to a BIG law firm after graduation, these offices will likely be your best source for recruitment and placement. But what if you want an alternative beyond practicing law after law school? What if you want to use your high level analytical legal thought training in a more creative field? Will your law school career office be of much help? Probably not. To be clear, it's not that your law school doesn't have access to alternative…

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Tips to Prepare for Your Law Exams

Of course, stress level often builds up and keeping calm becomes almost impossible when a law student is about to sit for their exam. The field of law is competitive, and students have to prepare well to ensure they pass their bar exam. Exams are also an opportunity for law students to demonstrate the knowledge they have acquired over their study course. While this may seem daunting, practice and proper preparation can make a significant difference. The following are incredible tips to help prepare for a law exam. Sharpen Your Writing Skills Writing skills are crucial to first-year law students.…

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AshleyNeal

Avoid Being Paralyzed By Fear

Fear can be a very complicated emotion, on one hand, it can completely immobilize or paralyze us. On the other hand, fear can motivate us to push past it and move forward. Earlier in my career journey, I was a legal assistant to a social security disability lawyer. She would often make demands for medical records at the very last minute (sometimes less than 24 hours before going in front of an ODAR judge). Each time that she did this I could feel my throat tightened and palms sweating as fear consumed my body at the thought of my job…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Have a burning question about your career? Just send an e-mail here or tweet to @babysharklaw. I will answer in a future post. Q: I got my performance review. I thought things were fine, but my review was pretty negative. I mostly just listened. I don’t know if I should start looking for another job – and of course, the review didn’t give me information about which lawyers have concerns. How do I find out what I should do? A: Unfortunately, negative reviews sometimes come as a surprise. And as you note, the comments are typically anonymous. Here are some…

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dlamorie

When Is a JD NOT Preferred?

I've been extolling the virtues of alternative legal careers for the past 10 months, so it's about time I introduce a contrarian element.  My goal with the 'JD Preferred' theme of this blog is not to gloss over the hardships for folks who are facing six-figure debts and limited job prospects.  What I am advocating, in all cases, is a deliberate approach.  So whether I am reaching you in anticipation of enrolling in law school or in the throes of a post-JD career transition, allow me to share some thoughts on when touting your JD will not get you what…

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Tips for New Lawyers to Understand Expectations of Their Law Firm

If you are a new lawyer, first of all, congratulations are definitely in order. However, after being hired on to the legal firm, you hopefully are aware that now the real work begins. Ask any experienced attorney, and they will tell you that it can take years to develop a solid, well-respected reputation. It will all start with attention to detail. Now that you are the newest associate in a legal firm, you will need to know how to look like the newly-minted professional that you are. How do you go about doing this? Here are some things to consider:…

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nadiaenn

From Paralegal to Associate: How to Land your Dream Job!

I was recently asked for advice as to how to land a job as a new associate in a particular field.   That particular friend is passionate about entertainment and music in particular.  Now equipped with a law degree and having just passed the bar, he wondered how to break into the music field as a lawyer.    My first advise, which apply to any field, is to join as many associations as possible.  Networking is primordial.   The associations don’t need to be only legal based, and should be any type of association related to that field.  While most have a membership…

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One Simple Thing You Can Do About the Stress You Feel Every Day

So , if I asked you to name one thing in your life that regularly causes you stress, you might say “work” or “traffic” or “this case I’ve been working on,” but the things that cause us stress are usually much more specific. What exactly is it about those things that cause you stress? There is usually something specific that you can pinpoint. For example, perhaps it’s not work generally that causes you stress, but maybe your stress level rises… When you split your attention/multitask When you look at your email inbox Each time you add something to your to-do…

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Etiquette for Holiday Gifts in the Workplace

Gift-giving is a time-honored and thoughtful way to build business relationships, especially during the holiday season. Both within and outside of the firm, a thoughtful present is an excellent way to acknowledge the importance of a relationship, show appreciation and build goodwill among friends and colleagues. However, if the gift is inappropriate, too personal or inappropriately priced, it can have the opposite effect. Consider these etiquette tips to ensure your gifts are just right. Whether you’re sending a gift to a coworker or business associate from outside the office, the best approach is to select a gift that can be utilized…

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Sports Law Resources - On the Field: Women in Sports Law

My Fellow Sports Law Enthusiasts:  In doing research for this column and talking to sports lawyers, fellow students, and my career counselor, I've come across some helpful resources for those interested in SportsLaw. Here, I've compiled those resources, as well as a brief summary of what they provide.  Industry Insights Leveling the Playing Field podcast hosted by Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard provides in-depth interviews with women in the sports law industry, including upper-level management, CEOs, and journalists.   The Players' Tribune: Online media platform with articles and videos that focuses on athlete-created content. Uniquely presents issues from the athletes' perspective.  The White Bronco: Written by a team…

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Thank You For Attending LaddHer Up

Thank You for Attending LaddHer Up With Ms. J.D. On October 18-19, 2018, Ms. JD brought over 30 women general counsel and 50 early career associates together at the Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa, California for its inaugural LaddHer Up retreat!  LaddHer Up’s unique program provided great general counsel networking opportunities, interesting expert workshops, small group recreational activities and 2:1 career meet-ups where each general counsel informally provided career advice to associates. Avery Blank gave great advice on negotiating your career effectively during her "PowHer Up to Negotiate Your Career" discussion.     There are many misconceptions about the…

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claireeparsons

How to Deal with Microaggressions as a Female Attorney

“Are you the court reporter?” After 3 years of law school, 2 bar exams, and a little over 1 year of practice, that was the question I received upon arriving at a deposition I was set to defend. It also happens to be the same question many other female attorneys get at depositions. The question in my case was, I believe, an honest mistake. Yet, the frequency with which it and questions like it are asked suggests to me that it is not just a mistake. Indeed, I have also been asked whether I “work for” an attorney, I am…

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