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Join Ms. JD’s Global Education Fund Program!

Interested in women’s issues, international development, fundraising and education?  If yes, consider supporting us as our next part-time, unpaid, Global Education Fund program volunteer!  Ms. JD created the Global Education Fund (“GEF”) to enable women in developing countries who otherwise would not have access to further education pursue a legal education.  Each year, GEF has made it possible for two Ugandan women in each class year to pursue their dreams of becoming lawyers by attending the law program at Makerere University in Uganda. The part-time and unpaid Global Education Fund program volunteer will be responsible for: Helping to lead outreach and program development…

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Dress the Part: How to Present Yourself as a Professional Lawyer

We have all prepared for an important job interview or meeting and one thing that we all go over is how to look good to make a great first impression. Studies have found that part of someone's first impression of you is not only based on how you hold yourself but also how you dress and the kind of shoes you're wearing. Can you imagine how much is based on the more noticeable articles of clothing and accessories you wear?   Some hate to admit it, but how you present yourself in and around the courtroom matters. People want to…

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Mobile Apps Are a Resource Law Firms Can No Longer Afford to Ignore

Enterprise mobile apps provide a range of features and benefits that attorneys and law firms can no longer afford to overlook. From increased visibility to brand management and promotional strategies, firms may be able to utilize apps in much the same way as commercial businesses. While the ever-growing number of reasons why businesses need a mobile applications are commonly known, there are plenty of benefits to be had by law firms and those who provide legal services that may warrant consideration.   Brand Management Reputation, image and prestige can all be key assets for a firm, especially those who may…

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Five Small Ways You Can Combat the Motherhood Penalty

The ABA recently released research from its inquiry into why women leave the law.  The study revealed issues all too familiar to many practicing female attorneys--discrimination, salary dissatisfaction, caregiving responsibilities that are incompatible with the pace of practice.  And while the ABA’s efforts are ongoing, I was surprised to see a lack of focus on what numerous other studies have dubbed the “motherhood penalty”--or the earnings (and corresponding promotion) gap between mothers and non-parents in the workplace.  Research shows a significant decline in a woman's earnings after the birth of her first child, with that disparity continuing throughout her career.…

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#MeToo Meets Big Law: How Gender Imbalance Shapes The Workplace

Women have long struggled to find equal footing in the legal profession, but despite growing numbers of female lawyers, gender imbalance in the workplace continues to put us at a disadvantage. In light of the recent #MeToo movement addressing sexual assault and harassment, however, female lawyers are beginning to address the ongoing harassment that is often part and parcel for women in law practices, courtrooms, and other legal settings. But will these efforts create change? Imbalances In Big Law Law firms are unique relative to many other professional settings because the hours are long, individuals in the same practice may…

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5 Things to Consider About Potential Clients

Client acquisition is one of the keys to being successful as a lawyer, but be wary of moving too fast. Before bringing on a new client, there are some important things you need to consider. 5 Things to Think About Consultations are part of being a lawyer. If your practice or firm is like most, you offer free or low-cost initial meetings to get to know prospective clients and discuss their options. In these consultations, you’ll want to spend time feeling out the individual across the table. Here are a few specific things to consider: 1. Common Client Questions Once…

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5 Ways To Bond With Your Law Firm Coworkers

Whether finding a new job or being moved through an acquisition, the process of starting anew is always met with some anxiety and anticipation. There are new people to meet, different workflows to learn, and a new work environment to get accustomed to. To help ease this transition, here are five ways to bond with your coworkers.   1. Talk New employees often make the mistake of laying low and keeping quiet for the first few months. The desire to go unnoticed and blend-in is strong when starting a new job. Whether it’s a fear of confrontation or making a…

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Interview with Recent Grad Alexa Galloway - On the Field: Women in Sports Law

I’m delighted to introduce Alexa Galloway, a recent graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law and former Law School Toolbox author. A former Cape Cod Baseball League field reporter, Alexa most recently worked as a Legal Intern for Santa Clara University Athletics. Hey, Alexa! Thanks for joining us. First and foremost, congratulations on finishing law school! What are your short-term and long-term goals? Alexa: Well, my short, short-term goal is to pass the bar. Following that, I hope to work in civil litigation and get as much trial experience as possible. By attending conferences and speaking with attorneys in the…

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5 Tips to Become the Executive Director at A Law Firm

Becoming a lawyer is one of the most common dream jobs in the United States. The earning potential is huge and the ability to help other individuals is a great feeling. However, the road to becoming a lawyer is not easy. Some people even aspire higher to the position of Executive Director at a law firm. This requires even more hard work and dedication. Here are five tips for becoming the Executive Director at a law firm. 1. Earn Trust One of the foundations of a good and successful lawyer is trust. As the representative that stands between a citizen…

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The Process for Applying to Prestigious Firms

Step 1. Preparing to Apply for a Job with a Prestigious Firm Clean up your social media accounts. Open your social media accounts and clean them up. If they see you with an alcoholic drink or supporting controversial positions, they may walk. Be a top performer. Prestigious firms want top performers. Your performance in school, prior jobs, and volunteer positions will all be scrutinized. Personality matters. Firms are not looking for people who stand out; they are looking for team players. They like people who are humble, energetic, and enthusiastic about whatever they are asked to do. Step 2. Understand…

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