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Dear Future Lawyer: Advice for Minority Women Law Students From Author Neena R. Speer, Esq.

In 2018, the American Bar Association reported that less than 40% of lawyers in the United States are women, and that less than 20% of lawyers in the United States are people of color. As the statistics make clear, women of color are overwhelmingly outnumbered in the legal profession.  Having experienced this isolation herself, lawyer, author, speaker, and nonprofit founder Neena R. Speer, Esq. seeks to help provide solace for this underrepresented population by sharing her experience with other women of color on their journeys to becoming lawyers. As a minority woman lawyer myself, I am happy to share this…

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Tips for Passing the Bar Exam in an Additional Jurisdiction (CA & NY)

First of all, be damn sure there's no other way for you to get admitted to the second jurisdiction without taking the bar exam. It's not exactly a blast to spend summer days seeking out a seat in the public library (although I did see some interesting sights, including a security guard tasked with waking people up with an umbrella. And no, I did not learn that first hand, I'm proud to say.) I didn't find a way around taking the entire bar again in NY (people still tell me I missed a workaround). A good strategy employed by a colleague of…

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Tips to Prepare for Your Law Exams

Of course, stress level often builds up and keeping calm becomes almost impossible when a law student is about to sit for their exam. The field of law is competitive, and students have to prepare well to ensure they pass their bar exam. Exams are also an opportunity for law students to demonstrate the knowledge they have acquired over their study course. While this may seem daunting, practice and proper preparation can make a significant difference. The following are incredible tips to help prepare for a law exam. Sharpen Your Writing Skills Writing skills are crucial to first-year law students.…

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Starting from the Bottom Up to Create a Killer Personal Brand

A digital presence is a must for every law firm, and there’s both professional and personal branding. When a founder is the face of a company, they’ll have to start creating a personal brand that potential clients will know and trust. Branding is one of the most powerful tools in marketing, and it all starts with reputation.  Supervisors often sit new or aspiring lawyers down to express how important reputation is in the law field. Building a good reputation is the start of personal branding, so you might need to help others, work extra hours. The goal is to create…

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Owning Up to My Reality: I’m Disabled, and I Always Will Be

I struggle with calling myself disabled. It’s much easier to write “I’m disabled” than it is to say it out loud. I use an endless list of euphemisms instead. “I need to sit down.” “I need extra time to board.” “I’m just not feeling up to it.” "It's going to be hard for me to make that walk." I’m not sure I’ve ever said the words “I’m disabled.” I’ve had countless conversations about my need for reasonable accommodations, and my volatile health, but generally avoid claiming my status.  Which is ridiculous. I've spoken at legislative hearings about the tremendous impact…

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Women in the Legal Field & the #MeToo Conversation

Regardless of a woman’s age, race, location, career or economic status, most have either experienced sexual harassment first-hand or know of someone who has.  With the numerous allegations made in the past year against Harvey Weinstein and dozens of other powerful figures in Hollywood, the media and politics, and the explosion of the #MeToo movement, the prevalence of sexual harassment in American society has never been more exposed than it is right now.  There has not been a formal study conducted on sexual harassment specifically in the legal field, until now.  Lauren Stiller Rikleen, founder and President of the Rikleen Institute for…

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11 Tech Tips for Your Legal Tech Work

The Legal Services National Technology Assistance Project (LSNTAP) and Pro Bono Net hosted the 2018 edition of 50 Tech Tips for Your Toolbelt this past June. You can find the recording here and a list of all the tech tips here. These are the tips I shared for the webinar and a few bonus ones:  Color Zilla - A browser extension for identifying the colors of your site or any other colors that you want to use for other programs.  TimeAndDate.com - You can find here all of the calculators you need for time and distance. The date calculator is useful for deadlines and…

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Jannet M.

The Barred Life: A Series of Indefinite Length - Part II

PART II Lessons and Realities from the Pass List   Let’s get housekeeping out of the way. If you read my last post you know I took the California February bar exam and I was waiting for my results. So here’s the update: I didn’t pass. I sat on my living room floor with my laptop on my thighs. After navigating to the Cal Bar website, I carefully typed in my applicant number. Then my file number. I scrolled through and didn’t see my name on the pass list so I refreshed the screen. Again, I very carefully typed in my…

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The Uniform Bar Exam: An Unclear Hurdle to Licensure

Ask any attorney about his or her bar exam experience and you will get an array of stressful, nerve-racking tales, doubtfully containing any positive tones.  For me, personally, I will never forget the awful experience, including an all-nighter before the second day of the exam.  When you have to memorize black letter law for some 15-plus subjects in order to draft convincing essay answers, there’s just no time for rest.  These experiences, along with some brutal stories revolving around the Socratic Method in law school, are things that bind licensed attorneys together.  It’s awful, but it’s a rite of passage.  And…

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How Can the Military’s Rules on Professionalism Help You?

You probably know that members of the military follow certain rules, regulations, customs, and traditions, from the requirement to wear a uniform to rules on how we interact with others. You may not know, however, that you can use military rules to boost your professionalism and personal brand in your own job. As an officer in the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, I am evaluated not only on the quality of my work product, but also less tangible characteristics like leadership and military bearing. Military bearing includes the way I walk, talk, wear my uniform, and interact with others.…

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