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KarenWest

Attorneys Across America:  Featuring Elizabeth Levy

This is the second post in Ms. JD's "Attorneys Across America" series, focusing on women attorneys practicing law from sea to shining sea.  We hope that the insights provided by the featured attorneys are helpful to those who are navigating the job market and considering pursuing careers in different practice areas and various geographic locations. Last month I spoke with Suzie Scanlon, a partner at the virtual law firm of Berger Legal LLC and Co-Founder and Managing Director of Bliss Lawyers.  This month I spoke with Elizabeth Levy, Counsel at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Ms. Levy advises the…

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AdroitSavant

3 Essential Tips for Women Embarking upon their Law School Journeys

FIND MENTORS OUTSIDE OF YOUR LAW SCHOOL EARLY ON As a woman, and especially as a woman of color, it is sometimes difficult to trust women within your law school who may be competing for the same opportunities. You may begin to doubt if such women have your best interests at heart, and peer mentoring can at times seem disingenuous. Moreover, 2Ls and 3Ls who may have not been accepted to the firm of their choice or may not have gotten onto the journal of their dreams may unconsciously discourage you from applying to certain opportunities. Since they could not…

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bgentle

The Advice I Never Got: Having a Healthy Relationship with Yourself is Imperative for Success

Above All, Trust Yourself. When beginning law school, I was swarmed with professors, older students, and new classmates who all seemed to think they had the secret code to dominating law school. I was told that law school was completely different from anything else that I had encountered, so I would have to learn how to do everything from studying to taking a three-hour exam. No one ever asked me how I had prepared for tests in the past. No one cared that I had taken several legal courses where I learned how to brief cases. No one ever told…

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kdaleramos

Best Advice I Never Got: Choosing the Right School for You.

The best advice I never received was “visit schools and take advantage of all the community contacts that schools provide you with before choosing a school.”  Coming into law school I knew that I wanted to practice public interest law, specifically doing government work.  This career path led me to look for public interest resources and support networks offered by each school and nearly every school has these resources.  My particular school offered a variety of resources on its website, however, if I had visited the school and made an effort to reach out to faculty and students I believe…

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AlexandraKory

Find Your Passion & Don’t Let Go

One piece of advice I got leading up to law school that I’ve dwelt on is this: If you plan on having kids, do it while you’re in law school. While I haven’t followed this advice yet, it has made me think a lot about what law school and a law degree does to people and to women in particular. During my conversation with this experienced attorney and mother I was warned that having children early in my career would set me back, and that professors are much more forgiving than partners. She told me that going to law school,…

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PaigeGutierrez

Stay in Your Lane

Editor's Note: This post is published as part of a series of works submitted by applicants to Ms. JD's 2014 Public Interest Scholarship Program. Each applicant was asked to describe the best advice they never got when it came to law school, lawyering, or public interest law. Applications are open until May 23, 2014. For more information, click here. Everyone’s journey is individual. This is important to remember because law school can be cruel. Not only is it notoriously difficult and stressful, but the grading curve and competitive legal market pits you and your classmates against each other. What’s often…

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samihall

How to Fuel the Fire

I have been privileged to have a number of incredible mentors who have, since I first decided to become a public interest lawyer, provided me with invaluable wisdom for my career and for my life.  These mentors have supported me through the difficult transition to law school and the legal world as a whole.  While the legal world was once a foreign and unfamiliar environment for me, they have helped me find my footing.     My mentors have doled out advice at every turn of my transition, but there is one piece of advice I wish someone had told me:…

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kayla.annise.higgins

Why Love Is Not A Four-Letter Word In Law School

Editor's Note: This post is published as part of a series of works submitted by applicants to Ms. JD's 2014 Public Interest Scholarship Program. Each applicant was asked to describe the best advice they never got when it came to law school, lawyering, or public interest law. Applications for the 2014 Scholarship are now closed. For more information on Ms. JD's programs and scholarships, click HERE. “Here’s my best advice for you: Don’t fall in love.” This is what one of my friend’s mentors told her shortly before she began her first year of law school, and what my friend later related to me at the…

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tarinalarsen

“What’s the best advice you never got when it comes to public interest law”

Editor's Note: This post is published as part of a series of works submitted by applicants to Ms. JD's 2014 Public Interest Scholarship Program. Each applicant was asked to describe the best advice they never got when it came to law school, lawyering, or public interest law. Applications for the 2014 Scholarship are now closed. For more information on Ms. JD's programs and scholarships, click HERE. Public interest law’s greatest resource is the public.  Public interest lawyers are out-resourced by their opponents in every measurable category, with the exception of those whose lives are impacted by their work.  Thus, the most significant lesson I learned about…

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lkastner

“What’s the best advice you never got when it comes to a future career in public interest law?”

Editor's Note: This post is published as part of a series of works submitted by applicants to Ms. JD's 2014 Public Interest Scholarship Program. Each applicant was asked to describe the best advice they never got when it came to law school, lawyering, or public interest law. Applications for the 2014 Scholarship are now closed. For more information on Ms. JD's programs and scholarships, click HERE. The best advice I never received regarding public interest law is that you can actually achieve this admirable goal, still make a living, and possibly have your student debt reduced or forgiven. A primary reason I elected to attend the…

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