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The 2019 Ms. JD Fellowship Application Is Now OPEN!

The Ms. JD Fellowship, one of our most popular programs, application is now OPEN!  In 2010, Ms. JD partnered with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession to found the Ms. JD Fellowship. The Fellowship is Ms. JD's program to promote mentoring and professional development. Each spring, Ms. JD selects a group of outstanding second year law students as Fellowship recipients. In addition to receiving invitations and financial support to attend ABA and Ms. JD events, each Fellowship recipient is paired with a mentor chosen from among the Brent Award honorees, Spirit of Excellence Award recipients, and ABA Commission on Women in…

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robertaoroberts

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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IVfMo4o7Iu

Is Studying Cyberlaw Right for You?

For many lawyers and legal professionals, the process of seeking out an area of law to practice in is often a rite of passage towards building a successful career. In a competitive legal market, finding a niche subject to focus on isn't always easy, but it can lead to big career rewards and an area of career specialization that one can feel passionate about developing. And as cyberlaw becomes an increasingly important legal practice area in a world that is still learning about the intersection between law and technology, legal professionals who pursue work in cyberlaw are finding that the…

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KatMacfarlane

Testing Accommodations are not a Gift of Extra Time

Late last year, a University of Michigan Law student sent an email about testing accommodations to a public listserv. The subject: “People using ‘extra’ time.” In the email’s body, the student wrote: “I see you messing up the curve for me thanks.” Michigan Law’s Assistant Dean for Student Life issued a compassionate response affirming the law school’s commitment to diversity and its disabled students. Above the Law condemned the student’s complaints in a late-December column. Still, the idea that testing accommodations are a gift which might unfairly ruin another student’s grades persists. I want to debunk this myth. Accommodations are…

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IVfMo4o7Iu

Making A Choice: Is Law School Right for You?

Going to law school is a popular decision among those looking or a prestigious career path. Motivated by what they've seen on television and the movies, many go to law school only to quickly find out that the reality of practicing law is much different than what they've seen in fiction. If you are considering law school, you'll want to ask yourself the questions below before you send in your application.   Do You Want to Go to Law School?   The most important question to ask yourself is if you really want to go to law school. Don't go…

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hend2292

When the Going Got Tough: Remembering Your Why.

During my law school orientation, my classmates and I were given a blank sheet of paper with an envelope. We were instructed to write down a reminder to ourselves. Please transcribe why you decided to come to law school. All of your dreams, hopes, and aspirations on a piece of paper safely tucked away in an envelope. To be unsealed only in the case of a dire emergency.  For me, the emergency came one week after my first class commenced. I needed to remind myself why I, a single mom with a rambunctious little boy and a never ending to-do…

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deestern

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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dlamorie

A JD Preferred Career Cocktail Recipe & Toast

Sigh, this is my final post for Ms. JD as a 2018 Writer in Residence.  I want to close with a dose of good cheer and optimism for your career, in 2019 and beyond, by offering up a career cocktail recipe and toast to send you off merrily into the New Year! First, allow me to give due credit to the source of my inspiration for this post.  I have not met or spoken with Cheryl Rich Heisler, who runs Chicago-based Lawternatives (a career consultancy), but I watched her entertaining and insightful webinar from the ABA Alternative Career Advice Series entitled ‘Pouring Over…

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IVfMo4o7Iu

Tips for Saving Money For Law School and Paying Off the Debt

For the top law schools, the price can be more than $43,000 a year. If you want to go to a less prestigious law school, it’s not much better. According to the American Bar Association, the average private law school cost $34,300, and for public schools, the cost can be more than $16,800. For you, going to law school isn't optional. You want to be a lawyer to help people, and it’s your dream to get there. Since law school can be expensive though, some people are turned away from getting their degrees. The good news is that there are…

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IVfMo4o7Iu

Why You Should Take A Break From School Before Going To Law School

If you’ve worked hard to prepare for law school, the idea of taking a gap year might seem a little crazy. It took all you had to get this far, and if you lose momentum now, how will you ever be prepared for the demanding schedule required by your future school? While it may seem counterintuitive, a break can sometimes be just what you need to refresh your mind and prepare for a rigorous course of study.   Time Off to Explore: Who Said a Break Was a Bad Thing? According to data from the Associated Press, up to 40,000…

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