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Anapata Student Scholarship Deadline Today!

Ms. JD is pleased to announce its partnership with Anapata, the first diversity recruiting and networking platform for the legal profession. “Ms. JD is the ideal partner for Anapata; our two organizations not only share the same vision for advancing diversity, but also our strengths are highly complimentary, ” said Ooshma Garg, Anapata founder and CEO. To get things started, we're thrilled to help promote Anapata's Diversity Scholarship Contest. The 2010 Anapata Diversity Scholars Program Anapata is proud to announce the 2010 Anapata Scholars Program. Anapata will name each Anapata Scholar via the Anapata Diversity Scholarship Contest. Each Anapata Scholar…

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Anonymous

The Silent Type of Feminist

Feminist Legal Theory, a blog written by students at the University of California, recently published a post by one woman law student who edited "feminism" out of her resume in an effort to be more competitive in the interviewing process. This summer, as I organized my materials for on campus interviews, the thought of editing “feminism” out of my resume never occurred to me. When the first round of interviews was announced, I was shocked. I wasn’t invited to interview with a single firm. I cursed King Hall and Career Services and contemplated dropping out of law school. At the…

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jessie

When is My “Education” No Longer First on My Resume?

I'm pretty sure that every single person in my law school's public interest program has a resume that looks just like mine. Garamond size 11, anyone?? We all shared a career counselor and we all got the same format, font, and tone. I don't mind. Except that I haven't been in law school for a couple years now, and I'm wondering when I'm supposed to take a fresh approach. And I no longer have a career counselor to tell me. I know at some point your education gets eclipsed by your work experience both sequentially on the page and as…

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jessie

Pam Karlan Kills at SLS Graduation

I've already complained about my own law school graduation speaker. I only got more bitter when I read the text of Professor Pamela Karlan's remarks to Stanford Law School's Class of 2009. She's funny; she quotes Dante; she inspires. She also addresses her membership on The Short List: Would I like to be on the Supreme Court? You bet I would. But not enough to have trimmed my sails for half a lifetime. Sure, I’ve done lots of things I regret over the years. But the things I regret aren’t the things that keep someone from being nominated or getting…

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bethanyk

Interview with a Recruiter

In the current economic climate, jobs are scarce and competition is fierce. How does this change the game when you are interviewing? I asked Kathleen Pearson, Director of Professional Recruiting with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, her thoughts on this subject, and here’s what she had to say. Q: Landing the interview: what qualities are you looking for in potential job candidates? Has this changed since the economic downturn? A: The economy and the current shift in the legal industry has definitely changed the employment landscape for potential candidates. Quite simply, there are more candidates on the market and fewer…

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wilp

IP/Gender Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS American University Washington College of Law IP/Gender: Mapping the Connections 6th Annual Symposium April 24, 2009 Special Theme: Female Fan Cultures and Intellectual Property Sponsored by American University Washington College of Law’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property Women and the Law Program Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law In collaboration with American University’s Center for Social Media The Organization for Transformative Works Rebecca Tushnet, Georgetown University Francesca Coppa, Muhlenberg College Deadline for submission of abstracts: December 19, 2008 The 6th Annual Symposium on “IP/Gender: Mapping the Connections” seeks papers on female subcultures and…

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Janet

The Interview Suit

The New York Times reports that classic suits are making a comeback in The Return of the Interview Suit. The unemployment rate is currently high in America, and so are suit sales: Companies like Men’s Wearhouse and Tahari are reporting an upswing in suit sales, particularly for those classic navy or gray pinstripe styles they classify as “interview suits.” Arthur S. Levine, known as the suit king of Seventh Avenue (who now designs a collection of women’s career clothes in a joint venture with Mr. Tahari), said he sold 1.8 million outfits this year, almost 10 percent more than he…

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sintecho

Maximize Your Time in Law School

A friend of mine just started law school, and she asked me what I wished I’d known when I was a 1L that could have changed my law school experience for the better. Here are the top three things I think you can do to maximize law school: 1. Invest time in making friends Business school students know that networking is just as important a part of their business school experience as their classes. Though calling it “networking” makes you sound a little too premeditated about the whole process, the idea behind it is a good one that I don’t…

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caveat_lector

Why can’t we be friends?

What is it about OCI that makes me question my chosen profession? Is it that my normally pleasant classmates turn into back-biting sycophants? Is it that some legal "professionals" choose to treat us as if we were nothing more than displayed pieces of meat? Two painful OCI stories that made me cringe when I heard them:A good friend of mine went to early OCI last week and had a harrowing tale to share with me about her experience with Big Firm. Friend had some contact with Big Firm during her 1L year and approached a young associate at the OCI…

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SDevlin

The Cravath Model Is Failing - Nothing New to the Bottom 80.

According to Professor William Henderson, Indiana University School of Law, and a study from Bell Laboratories, top performing associate attorneys can "evaluate problems from the viewpoint of customers and manager," take initiative, rely on more experienced coworkers, and build consensus. The study then goes on to further that these skills do not necessarily correspond to law school class rank. In fact, "researchers found no relationship between [attorney] performance and various social, psychological, and cognitive abilities. http://www.abajournal.com/weekly/cravath_model_that_created_have_and_have_not_law_grads_could_implode The ability for lower-ranking law students to become high-performing attorneys may be news to big law firms, but for those of us in the…

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