Announcing the Ms. JD 2014 Summer Public Interest Scholarships!

Ms. JD is proud to announce its 2014 Summer Public Interest Scholarships! 

Five winners will receive a $500 scholarship to support their continued commitment to public interest work this summer. Ms. JD is thrilled to continue our annual support of women pursuing public interest careers, as part of our ongoing efforts to support mentoring and career development at home and abroad. Winners will post on the blog each month this summer to start a discussion about the unique role of women public interest attorneys in the profession.

Women law students entering their second or third year at an accredited U.S. law school and working the summer of 2014 at least 35 hours per week for a minimum of 6 weeks at a government agency or nonprofit organization are eligible to apply. Unpaid judicial externs also qualify for these scholarships. Students need not have a placement at the time of their application, but must send an offer letter to Ms. JD by the beginning of the summer. 

This year, applicants are asked to post their essays directly to the Ms. JD blog. In 1000 words or less, please respond to the following prompt:

“What's the best advice you never got when it comes to law school, lawyering, or public interest law? Choose a situation and provide 2-3 concrete tips that would have made the biggest difference in how you tackled it.”

The winning essays will be those that tackle a relatable situation and provide concrete advice. 

Use your Ms. JD account to post your essay and if you don’t yet have an account, register here:

In addition to posting your response, please send a resume, your anticipated employer, and any other sources of summer funding you will be receiving to Please include your Ms. JD user ID in either a cover letter or in the plain text of your email.  Applications are due no later than Friday, May 23, 2014.


Yasmean N. Tamoor

I have submitted my blog post for the 2014 Summer Public Interest Scholarship:
“Tune out the noise and get to work: Self-confidence as the key to success in your 1L year.”
Thank you for this opportunity!


Looking forward to reading your submission, Yasmean!


...Submitting.. “The Career Journey….Keep Your Sense of Self”...


Submitting - “Relating to Your (Future) Clients”.  Thanks for this opportunity!


Submitting - “When Enough is Enough”. Thanks, Ms. JD!

Katherine Vernon

I submitted my post yesterday, May 23. My post is under the name Katherine Vernon. It can be found on my page at and . I also sent a follow up e-mail to the address listed.


My name is Mariah McCullough and I just finished my first year at William S. Boyd School of Law in Las Vegas, Nevada. I will be interning for the Honorable Jessie Walsh at the Eight Judicial District Court for Clark County this summer.
Law school is educating, intimidating, and very challenging. Compared to undergrad academics, law school is definitely a shock. The most challenging aspect of law school for me were the end of semester finals. Not only are the materials and concepts difficult to understand, but for most law school courses, the final is worth a vast majority of the overall grade. This aspect of law school terrified me. Grades are very important to me as well as to future employers, so one test that is worth so much is a daunting task. Personally, I was very unprepared for law school finals. I wasn’t sure how to study, what was important, or how to memorize so much material for the classes that did not allow any notes during the exam. I was overwhelmed. 
Tips that would have made a huge difference in how I tackled law school finals include planning ahead and not procrastinating, supplemental materials, get to know your professors, and do not freak out.
Tip #1: Plan ahead. My first semester, I did not start outlining (which for me was just condensing my notes into 30 or less pages) until the week before finals. I did not plan ahead. This was a mistake. I was so stressed and strapped for time during that week that I promised I would start outlining much sooner in the Spring semester. And I did, and it was very helpful. I was able to do practice exams, flash cards, and supplemental materials that week before finals rather than cramming all my outlining and studying into that time. So do not procrastinate. For classes in which the final exam is worth 90% of your final exam, you definitely want to plan ahead.
Tip #2: Use supplemental materials. I personally benefitted from commercial outlines and lectures. I signed up for Barbri simply for the lectures and outlines. I still did my own outline, but I supplemented it and filled in the gaps with the commercial outlines. Then I would listen to the lecture as I read my outline. I would make notes on my outline if the lecturer phrased something in a different way or had a good illustration. That study technique helped me so much.
Tip #3: Get to know your professors. If you get to know them, you can understand them better. For example, my property professor, who was an amazing teacher and person, loved future interests. I knew that future interests were going to be a huge part of the exam because I had conversations with her outside of class. You also get to know them on a personal level, which helps later on with recommendations on your resume as well as course planning for the next 2 years of law school.
Tip #4: Calm down. Do not freak out. Yes, the final exam is a huge part of your overall grade, but it is not the end of the world. Everyone in your class is in the same boat as you. Also, everyone has their areas of confidence.  For example, contracts was very difficult for me because I had no experience in that field and had a hard time understanding the concepts throughout the semester. So I knew it was not going to my strongest final. And that is ok. You cannot ace every class. Do the best you can, and you will be surprised what an evening off of studying will do for you. Watch some Netflix, go out to dinner with your significant other or a friend. Bring some paper in case a good phrase or technique pops into your head while you are out. But take a couple hours and relax. It goes a long way to maintaining your sanity.
Finals at the end of the first semester were so awful for me because I panicked and stressed and freaked out. Do not do this. It only makes the exam taking process worse. My second semester, I was much more calm and was able to focus more on what was important, like actually taking the exam. You have spent the whole semester learning this stuff and you are in law school because you are smart and willing to work hard. You’ve got this!

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