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dlamorie

The Quintessential JD Preferred Career: An Interview with Valerie Chianuri

Hot off the heels of our 2-part interview with a high caliber legal recruiter in March and April, my list of accomplished Ms. JD interviewees grows with Valerie Chianuri (another fellow BLS alumna), Senior Director of Exusia Inc., a global technology consulting company. Valerie has had the quintessential JD Preferred career, holding cutting edge roles in the fields of entrepreneurism, privacy and payments law (and beyond).  No matter what field you are in, her story is an inspiring one and makes the case for alternate uses for a JD better and more succinctly than I can in a year’s worth of blog posts.     ***************** Tell…

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torikeith

Business Etiquette: Enhancing Communication

Last month I had the good fortune of attending the annual conference hosted by the National Association of Legal Placement, aka NALP.  One of the most informative sessions to me was on law firm associate retention and the role that interpersonal relationships play in associate satisfaction.  Given that 75% of associates leave the firm in which they start within 5 years, I was eager to know why, and what made the other 25% happy enough to stay?  Turns out the biggest factor is engagement - feeling heard and valued.  Engagement increases productivity, loyalty, and innovative work and generates a positive…

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Jannet M.

The Barred Life: A Series of Indefinite Length - Part I

PART I A Personal Thing, but a Family Affair I’m a December graduate of Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles and took the February 2018 California Bar Exam. The month is May but I've been an emotional wreck since February. I write this post sitting two days away from knowing my fate and an alien feeling has come over me - my emotional wreckage is finally settling. The closer I’ve gotten to the result date, the more I let go of my anxiety, fear, numbness, and desire to control. This is a major breakthrough I'm profoundly proud of because I've…

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kmcclellan

Friend or Foe? Technology In Our Everyday Lives: Data Privacy

There’s little doubt that being able to access your emails, texts, photos, and personal fitness stats on multiple devices, in multiple locations, is convenient. But from workplace privacy to Internet of Things (IoT) devices, the increasing concern is what is the hidden cost for connectivity and your data privacy? Does checking your personal email while connected to your employer’s wi-fi mean the company can access that personal content as well? Is your wearable fitness tracker data aggregated in a way that could compromise your ability to qualify for health insurance in the future? Could your robotic vacuum convey personal details about…

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brittjd

Selfie with no Filter: the 1L Life - Academic Advice

Whew. It's over! Finals ended over two weeks ago and I still have days when I'm still not sure that I completely feel it yet. Sometimes I think I do, then (like the other day) I'm driving to meet friends for lunch, see someone with a backpack crossing the street, and automatically think "sh*t I've gotta get back to studying!" Though the feeling is still sinking in, I've received grades and gotten a chance to reflect on what I would do differently. Since I can't go back, my hope is to shed some light for future students. I did a good bit…

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Ms-Innovation

Innovative Law Schools: Aspirational or Unattainable?

UPDATE: I graduated from law school on May 11, 2018, so I am now Ms. Innovative Psychic, J.D.! I cannot believe that three years of the Socratic method, curved grades, and outlines are finally behind me. I still remember my first day of law school. As commonly experienced by many beginning law students, but rarely uttered, my main concern at the time was whether I should wear a suit to my first class or jeans. Over the years, I went from dreading cold calling to wishing that the professor would call on me so that I could be “off the…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Career Tips for Women Lawyers

Recently I attended the Georgetown Women's Forum, which expanded the Georgetown Law Women's Forum to Georgetown University graduates in celebration of the 25th year of the Forum.  As in years past, the program was inspiring.  Having attended the Forum for many years and also participated as a panelist, I take great pride in the quality of the programs. From the welcome by Savannah Guthrie, a Georgetown Law graduate, to the keynote address by Sally Yates, who briefly joined the Georgetown Law faculty after departing the Justice Department last year, to the final moments of dedication to careers, the program was…

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nadiaenn

From Paralegal to Associate:  How to Handle Stress During the First Year as an Associate

It is no secret that the schedule of an attorney is a hectic one.  Balancing a personal life with the pressure of billable hour is a tricky job.  The typical day of an attorney starts around 8:30 am and rarely ends until 7:30 pm.  Add to this the commute to and from home.  And with the new technology, are you truly ever disconnected from work?  All of these contribute to higher than normal stress level in the legal profession.  The first year of a new associate is even more difficult, as there is the continuous pressure to adjust to the…

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armsshir

First Generation Success Story: The Costs of Law School

I had decided on which schools to apply to but actually had to go through the application and deciding on what school I should actually go to. I decided to apply to Michigan State University, Wayne State University, Washington University in St. Louis, and a few other schools. In order to apply for law school, there are several things you need to do. You have to take and pass the LSAT, fill out extensive applications, write personal statements, update your resume and other documents, and pay so many fees. As a first generation law student, no one really told me…

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Delania

Drive Your Journey: Facebook as a Pathway to Increasing Your Brand Presence

A recent Pew Research Center study shows that the majority of U.S. adults are on present on Facebook, and three-quarters of those adults visit Facebook every day. This makes Facebook a great online platform for building a brand. So, what should you do to maximize your use of Facebook? Below are several suggestions: Create a page. If you are familiar with Facebook, you are likely aware that there is a difference between a profile, which is where you allow people to be added as “friends”, and a profile, which people follow by “liking” the page. Pages are not just reserved…

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