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5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Week When it Seems Downright Impossible

Have you ever found yourself looking at the calendar, wondering where the time went? It feels like there are three days in the week, rather than seven. Every month I find myself saying something like, “There aren’t enough hours in the day!” or, “The weekend went by way too fast” (spoiler: I don’t think weekends will ever feel long enough). But twice a year, I’m genuinely shocked and befuddled that time literally jumped ship (here’s looking at you June and November). By the time we welcome June, half of the year has already gone by. June signals summer – we’ve…

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Resting Before Law School?

Coming into law school as a first-generation law student, I felt pressured to find out as much information as possible to prepare me for what was ahead. Within the first week of applying to law school, I was bombarded with information about expensive online prep courses that promised a "successful first year." I began to see book recommendations that swore they would guide me into the mindset needed for my first year of law school. Along with high-priced course recommendations and out-of-touch books, I began to receive unsolicited advice from people who had never been to law school. The first…

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You can be authentic AND get accepted into your dream law school

    Myth: You need to be the perfect applicant to get into your dream school.   Exactly one year ago, I locked myself in my room, deleted my Twitter, and avoided any outside interactions. There were two reasons for this behavior:  I had just began quarantining from the Coronavirus pandemic, and  I was studying for what I thought was the most important test of my life: the LSAT.  As I spent my days buried in my textbooks and laptop, I wrote the number “173” on a sticky note and placed it onto my mirror. This was the median LSAT…

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The Road Less Traveled: 10 Things to Remember as a First-Generation Law Graduate Sitting for the Bar Exam

“I am my ancestors’ wildest dreams.” – Unknown This past year has been a year like no other.  A year full of social unrest, with an unprecedented global pandemic and an economic crisis.  Despite these circumstances, thousands of law school graduates are studying and sitting for the Bar exam.  Many of whom are first-generation law graduates.  Being the first is never easy.  When you are the first, you’re repeatedly in the position where you learn life lessons through "trial by error."  As a first-generation law student, you often create the course rather than have a path to follow. Sometimes the…

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The Neurodiverse Guide to Bar Exam Accessibility

It’s hard enough to study for the bar. It shouldn’t be harder if you learn differently.             I always end up reflecting on some form of isolated feeling during law school. As an autistic law student, I often felt alone. I didn’t know anyone else who had a similar disability until nearly the end of my 3L year and I spent law school accommodating myself in how I studied, took notes, and navigated the law school culture.             I’m hardly the only one who was neurodivergent in law school, in law practice, or in that…

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Fare Thee Well, 2020

Like all of 2020, our year-end reviews feel different this year. As an avid planner and reviewer I find it hard this time to put a full stop at the end of a chapter and form expectations about a fresh new one.   In Michelle Obama’s „Becoming” journal (who else loves guided journals?) the other day I arrived to the end of the year question „How has this year been different from last year?”. At first I laughed. My short answer would be „in every single way”. Then I really started counting the ways… During these last days of the…

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Am I wearing too many hats? Learning how to juggle it all: I did it!

Welcome to my final blog for Writers in Residence of 2020! I did it! As my Writers in Residence blog comes to an end, I can’t be prouder of myself. I stepped out of my comfort zone and blogged! I’m officially a blogger. Correction: a Ms. JD blogger. I have truly enjoyed this journey and I love my Ms. JD family! I have shared with you how I juggle wearing many hats, how it affects my daily life and how my A-type personality can be both a blessing and a curse. I have shared some of my personal experiences regarding my…

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Looking Back

As we wrap up 2020, and I sit down to write my final post as a Ms. JD Writer in Residence, I can’t help but laugh. You read that right: laugh. When I applied to write for Ms. JD, I set out to cross off one of my resolutions, to get outside of my comfort zone. I decided that I would focus on community and our place within certain groups. After the first quarter of the year, the world looked very different than what I expected. Group yoga classes turned into a short session where I rearranged the coffee table…

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Desiree Goff

Intellectual Property in 2021 and Beyond

As the last article for the 2020 Writers in Residence column “Becoming a Zebra”, I want to thank the many influential attorneys who continue to lead, working diligently and persistently with passion for endeavors to improve the world around them. While this series was very limited in describing areas of legal practice and awe inspiring women in the legal profession, what I hope you the reader take away is a fervor for excellence in the legal career you dedicate yourself to and a remembrance to contribute to the community in which you find yourself.  As we look ahead to the…

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lawyerleigh

Everything is Reproductive Justice

    As an attorney, a Black woman, and a creative, I have decided to end 2020 and my time as a 2020 Writer in Residence with one of my personal stories from 2020.       I had a hysterectomy this summer. I am not quite ready to share every detail of my hysterectomy story; yet, I am not sure I will ever be ready. My first thoughts when I approached my own story turned into a question, “how do you share a story when you hold shame?” The answer may be to contend with that shame and attack its roots. The roots…

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