Introduction - On the Field: Women in Sports Law

Hello and welcome to On the Field: Women in Sports Law! I am really looking forward to learning more about this area together this next year. To all my sports fans, let me welcome you to this column in which we’ll investigate different sports organizations, their legal impact, and how women have shaped the sports arena.   For those of you whose interests lie outside of sports, let me begin by saying I know that I may not be able to convince you of sports' merit. Besides the bloated budgets and expenditures on sports and related products that could go towards…

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Becoming a Pre-Law Leader on Campus - #MsJDPreLaw Mentoring Hangout (Ep. 02)

Watch the second episode of our #MsJDPreLaw Mentoring Hangouts on "Becoming a Pre-Law Leader on Campus"! This will be live-streamed at 12pm ET on Saturday, January 20, 2017, at tiny.cc/msjdprelawepisode2. Guest speakers are: Erin Callahan: Ms. JD Board Member. She was the President of Women in Law and The Student Bar Association at Dedman School of Law. Erin recently left the insurance industry and is now in private practice at a small firm in Houston, Texas. Moniel Sanders: Class of 2019 undergraduate at Indiana University Bloomington. President of the Pre-Law Black Law Student Association at Indiana University Bloomington. Margaret Zhu: Class…

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When Women Carry Most Student Loan Debt, Is Law School An Option?

The student loan industry has been in crisis for the past several decades as the cost of higher education rapidly outstripped earnings growth and inflation – but the burden isn’t equally distributed. Rather, of the $1.3 trillion in outstanding student loan debt, women hold two-thirds of it, but are just 57% of the student population. What’s happening to cause female students to land so deep in debt? There are several key causes, but in large part, the answers hinge on unequal distribution of childcare responsibilities and the wage gap. And women lawyers, most of whom have taken on enormous amounts…

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How One Woman’s Law Path Enables Countless Others: Interview w/ Lynda Cevallos, Esq. & CLEO Director

Lynda Cevallos is an attorney who has served for eleven years as a Director, Pre-Law Educational Activities and undergraduate adviser for the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO).  Before joining CLEO, Ms. Cevallos practiced for 4 years employment and labor law with a Washington, D.C., law firm and previously clerked for the National Labor Relations Board and the U.S. Department of Labor. She is a cum laude graduate of Rutgers University and also received an Associate’s in German from Schiller University in Heidelberg, Germany.  She earned her Juris Doctorate from the Washington College of Law at American University, and is NY and…

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Write Effective Lawyer Bios and Attorney Website Copy by Following these 6 Tips

When a potential client finds your website or is referred to you, they want to read through and get a good understanding of your law firm, the attorneys and your professional abilities. What they don't want to encounter is copy that's difficult to understand and navigate through. They want to feel confident in their choice they are making by using your services, but don't want to feel as though they are out of the loop when in comes to being informed. Ease their minds and gain their confidence with strong copy that's understandable to a person who isn't an expert…

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Successfully practicing gratitude and law in 2018

In the New Year, resolutions are made, aspirations are high, and we each have the intent to have the best possible coming year.  What about making gratitude an integral part of your life this year? So. What is gratitude? And how can I incorporate it into the practice of law? Gratitude is giving thanks, feeling and being thankful and appreciative for what you have, where you are, and what is now - the present. Gratitude makes everything you have enough.  Incorporating gratitude in the practice of law can easily be folded into your everyday routine. Consider the following tips and…

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#Ms.Cyberlaw: What is Cyberlaw?

Happy 2018, Ms. JD! I would like to start this beautiful blank page with a heartfelt sentiment of gratitude. Last year was a difficult one (Why? Well, because law school.), but one lifelong lesson I gained was how important perspective is. In the midst of all the interviewing anxiety and scheduling and inner monologues that went something like “I am so not cut out for this cutthroat competition,” for example, an interviewer over the summer asked me about my time with Ms. JD. My worries suddenly vanished from the room, and I was reminded of what mattered to me, why…

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How to Keep Your Sanity When Writing Legal Research Papers

Research papers are par for the course in law school. But it's easy to lose your sanity and get burnt out in the process. Use these five tips to help you stay on track and finish your paper on time. 1. Choose a Topic You're Passionate About When writing your paper, choose a topic that you're passionate about. When you care about the topic, you'll find it much easier to immerse yourself in the writing process and stay focused on the task at hand. That passion will also come through in your writing and make it more engaging. Exploring a…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Last month I started the column by asking a question to get your tips to help others. That worked well, so I am doing it again: Send me your thoughts on “how to take a hint.” Just send an e-mail, tweet to @babysharklaw, or post a comment here. Easy! The responses should be interesting, and I will share them in a future column. Q: Our new billable year starts January 1. What is your advice for getting off to a good start? A: The start of a new year is a good time to reflect on your career (and other…

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#MsJDPreLaw at the NYC Bar’s LSAT/Law School Prep Series

Ms. JD was thrilled to co-sponsor the New York City Bar Association - Diversity and Inclusion Committee's LSAT/Law School Prep Series, held on January 5, 2018. In addition to a Law School Fair with representatives from schools around the country and workshops on the LSAT and personal statements, the event also featured two panels on "What to Expect & How to Succeed in Your 1L Year" and "How to Select & Apply to the Right Law School." #MsJDPreLaw spoke with a few of the law school admissions professionals at the fair and asked them: "What's one thing you'd like our pre-law readers to know about your school?"…

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