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jessie

Basic Interviewing Tips for 2Ls in the Job Hunt

In the fall of my junior year of college I started thinking about applying to law school - Columbia had a "3-3 program" and if I wanted to attend I had to apply that fall.  So one day at lunch early in the semester I walked over to the law school with a couple friends just to check it out.  When we got there everyone was wearing black suits and I quickly determined Columbia Law was not for me.  Little did I know, it was on-campus interviewing week.Yes folks, it's everyon'es favorite time of year: time for BigLaw recruiting interviews. …

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jessie

Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program

Each year the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (WLPPFP) at the Georgetown University Law Center offers fellowship positions providing educational and professional development opportunities for attorneys who are dedicated to using their legal talents to advance women's rights.  The Fellowship focuses on a 12 month work experience, where fellows work on women's legal issues with a public interest organization, a governmental agency, or as a clinical teaching fellow at Georgetown Law. The Program is accepting applications through Monday, November 1, 2010.  This is an amazing opportunity for an aspiring academic or women's rights advocate. Good luck!

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LWhitcher

Grade Inflation Should Not Lead to Ego Inflation

The New York Times reported last week that Loyola Law School will not only be changing their grading system to make it more lenient, but it will add 0.333 to every grade recorded in the last few years.  The goal is to make its students look more attractive in a competitive job market.  Who can blame them?  In last two years, the Times reports that at least 10 law schools have made similar changes to their grading systems to make them more lenient, including New York University, Georgetown, and the University of California, Los Angeles. I don’t doubt that grade inflation…

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jessie

Confidence: Fake It ‘til You Make It

I've been thinking about confidence ever since WILL last week. As I've mentioned, there was a lot of talk on the judiciary panel about confidence or at least the appearance of it. Similarly the folks on the Attributes of a Leader panel focused on decisiveness, a skill I think has a lot to do with confidence. So then what to make of the Kaplan survey finding that 52% of students are very confident about their job prospects but only 16% are optimistic about their classmates' chances? Above the Law labeled this hubris and made fun of these kids. But I…

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Ms. JD

Announcing the 2010 Ms. JD Fellowship

Ms. JD is pleased to announce the Ms. JD Fellowship program, which will select 20 of the most promising second-year law students in the country and provide them with one-on-one career mentorship from the nation's most accomplished female attorneys. Who Are The Mentors? Fellowship mentors will be assigned to the Fellows from among the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession's alumnae of commissioners and Margaret Brent Award Winners. The list includes U.S. Circuit Court judges and state Supreme Court justices, general counsels from the Fortune 500, managing partners from the nation's largest law firms, and leading professors and practitioners…

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Ms. JD

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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