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What The LSAT Should Really Teach You

BE KIND TO YOURSELF The LSAT isn’t an easy test by any means. As you go through the gruesome practice tests and study hours only to receive a non-favorable score, it is crucial that you be kind to yourself and allow space for improvement. Improving your score on the LSAT will take some time. YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC LEARNING STYLE  There is no “one way” to study for the LSAT. Everyone has their own learning style and figuring out how you learn best could help tremendously with improving your study habits that are transferred to you improving your test score.…

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Networking Is So Important As A Pre Law Student

During my prelaw journey, I used LinkedIn daily. As a first-generation law student, there are so many nuances I do not know and connections I do not have, which is why networking is so important. LinkedIn provides quick access to members of the legal community that can help you foster connections throughout your legal career.  Update your LinkedIn.  Make sure your LinkedIn is up to date and reflects who you are and the work you have done. Before adding written content to your profile it is important to pick a good professional headshot as your profile picture. Profiles with good…

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It Takes A Village

Everyone has a unique experience when it comes to their journey through law school. A quick Google search about “what to expect in law school” will give you 919,000,000 results. 919 million different points of view on what to expect, how to survive, or why you shouldn’t go. There are so many paths to finding success in law school…this is mine. I was one of those people who graduated from undergrad and was completely burned out. If I never looked at another educational book, it would be too soon. I was over it. My parents made it clear that I…

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Five Reasons to Study Abroad in Law School

To paraphrase Charles Hamilton Houston, “lawyers are either social engineers or social pariahs.”  Like many former educators turned lawyers, I decided to go to law school because I knew that my calling was to advance some sort of social change, especially within public education.  Change can only happen by promoting cultural competency in professions, in the legal system, and as a result, I believe that it can transform the trajectory of society and communities.   I am a daughter of a Filipina mother and an Ecuadorian father.  Both my parents immigrated to the United States in the late 70s from different…

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Studying Abroad as a Law Student: Tips from Assistant Dean of International Programs Andrew Horsfall

Some of my favorite law school memories took place not within the walls of my contracts class, but throughout the streets of Europe. My law school offers several unique study abroad opportunities for law students, and I was lucky enough to seize the opportunity twice! During the summer after 1L year, I worked as a legal intern in London by day and studied UK law by evening. On the weekends, my classmates and I took in the sights and sounds of London or took impromptu trips to neighboring countries. For nearly three months, I felt like I really was a…

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The Road Less Traveled: An open letter to my younger self.

“Don’t aim to break the glass ceiling; aim to shatter it.” - Matshona Dhliwayo Alana, I am so proud of you.  Right now, you are sitting as the co-pilot in your grandfather’s plane with the belief that you can do or be anything.  You are unapologetically yourself.  You aren't afraid to walk into any room or face any challenge against all odds.  You don’t let anyone define who you are or what you are supposed to be.  You are the type of girl to join the tee-ball team and stay in the outfield picking flowers because that’s what you want…

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Keeping Your Peace the Summer Before Law School!

A quick guide on “How To and Things to Do” It still feels surreal! You’ve tackled the tedious studying of the LSAT. You’ve sent in your applications to your top schools. You’ve received the acceptance letter and it all seems to be happening so fast. Attending law school has been a dream of yours,-your whole life. Just like that you can now say that YOU ARE GOING TO LAW SCHOOL! But now what? The sun is out, the pools are open, and you can smell the fresh lemons from the lemonade stand indicating that summer is finally here, the time…

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Waiting to Exhale: How to Make Self-Care a Daily Practice

“And then I did it. I closed my eyes... and I exhaled—” Savannah Jackson, Waiting to Exhale (1995) A recent study found that approximately 25% of women are likely to leave the legal industry due to mental health issues and stress. Burnout, overcommitment, and work-family conflict were the most cited contributing factors. The study also found that in order to cope, women were more likely to engage in risky, unhealthy habits such as binge drinking, binge eating, lashing out, oversleeping, and prescription drug abuse.  It is that time of year when many women in the legal profession are awaiting the…

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Learning from Failure: Positive Affirmations for Bar Exam Retakers

“I don’t know what your future is. . .  But if you’re willing to take the harder way, the more complicated one, the one with more failures at first than successes . . . then you will not regret it.”   - Chadwick Boseman, 2018 Howard University Commencement Speech.    About 20-30% of bar examiners will fail the bar exam. If you are one of them, you are not the first nor will you be the last person to do so. At the time, it may be difficult to see this “failure” as a learning experience which can help you grow…

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A Guide to Coming Out in Law School

Whether it’s your first time or your hundredth, the decision to come out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community is a brave and beautiful decision. My name is Erika Simonson, and I am a lesbian cisgender woman. While I vividly remember the first time I came out to my parents, I came out to myself long before that day, and I’ve been coming out to the people in my life, new and old, every day since.  Coming out is personal and it will look and feel different for everyone. The process even looks and feels different for the same…

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