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Elizabeth

Shifting Expectations: Women Less Inclined to Pursue Legal Careers

Leigh Jones has an article entitled Fewer Women Are Seeking Law Degrees in the National Law Journal this week. She cites statistics that since 2002 the percentage of women attending law school has declined every year from 49% in 2002 to 46.9% this year. Of course, the total number of applicants to law school has also declined in the past two years with female applicants for 2006 falling by 7.7% and male applicants by 6.7% (Jones has an interesting graph illustrating this phenomenon in her article). At least partly due to the drop in female applicants, the number of women…

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Heather Aquino

... and they all look just the same.

A few weeks ago I attended the Vault Diversity Job Fair in New York City. This job fair was unique because it offered attendance to both minorities and to women. A large amount of law students were in attendance, and I had the opportunity to make observations about the crowd that had turned out for the event. One thing that I could not help but notice was how few individuals seemed to fit into both categories of students that were invited to the event. I couldn’t help but notice the lack of minority women at the event. After the event…

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Anonymous

Don’t Listen to Career Services!

When I visited my Career Services office last year, the counselor asked me, "What are your priorities in this job search?" My answer was serious, yet it got a laugh: "To be home by dinner," I replied. The legal profession is a funny thing. I entered law school to learn how I could always challenge myself while helping those marginalized by what I see as an increasingly polarizing society that marginalizes people based on their skin color, gender, sexuality, and zip code. I discovered very early on that obtaining the tools to do so would be easy; putting those tools…

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Angie McCarthy

Call for Applications: Master of Laws LL.M. in Law and Government, Specailzation in Gender and Law

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS American University Washington College of Law Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Law and Government Specialize in Gender and the Law Defending women’s rights requires a commitment to justice, creative approaches to the law, and specialized knowledge of the legal challenges facing women. American University Washington College of Law’s unique Gender and the Law Specialization is an LL.M. program focused on women’s rights and gender equality in the United States. Prepare for a Career Defending Women’s Rights The Gender and the Law specialization falls under the Law and Government Program’s Civil and Constitutional Rights concentration area. To receive…

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Anonymous

Re-Interviewing for Legal Jobs as a 3L

The author is a 2007 graduate of Stanford Law School. If your plans on where to move after law school have changed since 2L interviewing season, or you just didn't like your 1 or 2L summer jobs, then you might find yourself re-interviewing as a 3L. I interviewed for both firm and public interest jobs the fall of my 3L year, and here are some things I learned (sometimes too late) along the way about firm jobs and about government and public-interest jobs. Firm Jobs If you got an offer from your previous summer job, make sure you mention it…

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Heather Aquino

The Navy JAG Corps

This summer I interned with the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps. All JAG’s are graduates of ABA accredited law schools, and have passed the bar examination in at least one state. After law school they attend Officer Indoctrination School, where they receive military leadership and physical training, and Naval Justice School, where they learn the many facets of military law and procedure. During the course of my internship I had the opportunity to meet many JAG attorneys, as well as many other military officers, the majority of whom are male. A few weeks into my internship, when I…

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Kathleen Lynott

The Onus Is On Us: We need to work harder to be heard in law school and beyond

Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman to be nominated as Vice President of the United States, once said, "We've chosen the path to equality, don't let them turn us around." I believe that equality in the workplace is of the utmost importance and that in order to continue to strive for equality, women must work hard to rise in their chosen profession. The importance of women being able to choose their own career path and make their own living has been made clear over the past few decades; women are now allowed to engage in nearly every profession that men are.…

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“Pink Collar” Law

My first year of law school has been an illuminating experience, particularly when looked at through a gendered lens. As a female law student I have encountered particular challenges that stem not only from being a woman in a male dominated field but also from wanting to do work that has been coded as female. From the first days of class, my female colleagues and I have started to get a glimpse of what being a female attorney will be like. We are questioned as to how we will balance family and work, something that our male counterparts are rarely…

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Anna

Congratulations to the winners of Ms. JD Public Service Summer Scholarships!

Ms. JD is pleased to announce the inaugural recipients of its Public Service Summer Scholarship. Selected from nearly 200 applicants nationwide, the recipients and honorable mentions demonstrate extraordinary commitment to promoting women in the law through public service careers. WINNERSSummer 2007Heather Aquino is a 2L at St. John's University School of Law in Jamaica, New York. She was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and is a class of 2000 graduate of Somerville High School in Somerville, New Jersey. This summer she is a legal intern for the United States Navy Office of the Judge Advocate General at Earle Naval…

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Heather Squatriglia

My own worst enemy? Choosing to practice family law was harder than it should have been

I am a woman who has chosen to enter a practice area that is dominated by women--Family Law (more specifically Juvenile Rights). As an older student (I'll be 37 in July), the whole reason I decided to go to law school was to work with youth in the juvenile justice system. I never considered this to be a gender specific area of the law (in the way that teaching and nursing have traditionally been women's professions) but apparently a lot of people do. I'm not really sure how I feel about that. Everybody hates to be stereotyped, especially when one…

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