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Law School Lessons: A 3L’s Pointers for Law School Success in a New Environment

I am graduating from law school in less than three weeks. My experience has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride, yet I wouldn’t change it for the world. Close to three years ago, this Latina from Miami, FL decided to leave everything she knew for the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, WI. I thought I knew what I was getting myself into, but soon realized that I was mistaken. Law school is difficult enough on its own, but couple that with culture and climate shocks, and you are in for quite the challenge. Now that I am…

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Free Agency & Partnership Review Lectures for Law School and Bar Prep

This semester I taught Closely Held Business Organizations, which is Agency & Partnerships with a LLC component, at FSU Law.  I created three review lectures for my students which are based off principles from the Restatement of Agency, the Revised Uniform Partnership Act, the Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act and the Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act.     Since these lectures are brief but comprehensive overviews of subject matter that is tested on most state bar exams and in many law school business organizations classes, I though the readers of Ms. JD would benefit from access to these videos, so…

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Comfortable with Uncomfortable

I don’t believe in fads. Usually, I’m too tuned out from them to notice, but even if I were aware, I think I’d still turn the other cheek and let the trends roll off my face like rainwater sloshing off impervious surfaces and into the gutters. For this reason, I avoid all diets and “get fit quick” pledges and opt instead for routine fitness. But after a recent injury set me back from my regular cardio, I found myself falling vulnerable for a free personal trainer consultation at a local SF gym. This soon felt like a huge mistake. From the…

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The Most Important Lesson I’ve Learned in Law School : Humility

It is a fact of life that everyone has their own story.  And while that may seem simple to say and read, it is often very hard to remember, especially in law school. From my first semester, I have found that everyone desperately wants to tell their own story, and that's only natural.  Everyone knows it - law school is competitive. Some schools demonstrate it more than others, but that competition is always there whether you like it or not. We all had to take the LSAT, write that perfect personal statement, and send the most stunning resume containing only our…

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11 Tips For Taking Law School To the Next Level

REVIEW COURSE MATERIAL OVER AND OVER. Even if you do not have exams till next semester, waiting until the next semester and the reading period is a bad time to wait to review. Cramming before final exams is not a good way to get yourself good grades. Make time to review frequently over the semester. REVIEW SESSIONS. Some law professors or Academic Fellows set up review sessions before exams. Clarifying the issues during these review sessions can be helpful to keep you from staying confused about certain issues. The professors also often give tips regarding exam answers and how they prefer the…

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9 Tips for Law Students to Succeed in Law School

I did not have someone tell me about law school in advance, so I thought this would be valuable for prospective and current law students to review and take stock of their study and success skills.  READ THE MATERIAL*. Reading the assigned material for the courses. Keep on top of things in a way that you’re not constantly in danger of falling behind, because if you do fall behind, you could never find the time to catch back up. Do the reading at times during the day when you’re most likely to be the most alert. Choose a solitary location, unless…

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5 Tips on How to Get Involved in Law School Extracurriculars

In law school, many students choose expand not only their analytical skills but also their leadership skills. I can attest that by my 3L year, I was the National Vice Chair of the ABA Law Students Division, Secretary of my law school’s Student Bar Association, BLSA Recruitment Chair, Moot Court & Advocacy Board Executive Board Member and a host of other roles that kept my down time limited. I took advantage of every leadership opportunity presented and got involved in all types of organizations as a law student. Even though many law students feel as if you have to choose…

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Alice Shih

Tips for incoming 1Ls: Speaking in Class and Getting to Know Professors

Five years ago, it was the summer before I started law school. I knew I was on the brink of a life-changing three years, and I wanted to be prepared. So I read blogs regarding work load, the Socratic method, legal writing, and more. But none of these articles prepared me for the change I saw in myself once I was in the law school classroom. I never had trouble speaking in class before law school or approaching professors, but all of a sudden, I felt like I knew so little and speaking in class became a real challenge for…

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The 2013 Ms. JD Fellows Present: Acing Law School

Editors Note: On Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 7pm EST, the 2013 Ms. JD Fellows hosted an open discussion of their e-book Acing Law School. Topics included, relationships and law school, law school admissions, mentoring, networking and more! Find out more about the 2013 Ms. JD Fellows here. Watch the hangout recording here! Submit your application to be a 2015 Ms. JD Fellow! Applications are due March 17, 2015, at 11:59pm. To learn more about how to apply to the Fellowship, see this blog post! Ms. JD Community: I write to share with you an exciting new e-book for current and prospective women law students.  The book is…

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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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