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Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit: Bar Exam Preparation During a Pandemic (4/14)

Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit Webinar Series "Bar Exam Preparation During a Pandemic" with Keriann Stout, Owner of Vinco Prep, LLC Register today at https://bit.ly/msjdvirtualtoolkit4

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PaulaMJones

Everything Nobody Ever Told Me: How To Deal with a Perfectionist

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor.” – Anne Lamott Have you ever encountered the kind of people who expect the impossible from others?  They view anything less than perfection as a failure.  They hyper-focus on your mistakes and they never seem to notice all the things that you do right.  You, my friend, have encountered a perfectionist.  While at first blush this term may seem like a compliment, the reality is that it is not.  Perfectionists should really be called “imperfectionists” because they don’t look for the perfection in others - they look for their imperfections.  There is a…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Young Lawyers Need to Protect Their Careers

I currently am counseling a young lawyer about changing a focus in the law.  In that work, I am reminded of the importance of future vision and developing career plans.  A career plan and the research involved in developing one are essential to protecting your ability to exercise options in time to remain true to the career you envisioned when you entered law school. I know that it is difficult to change courses midstream.  Lots of anxiety and insecurity is involved.  I have been through it myself, and I have helped others through it as well.  One thing is common…

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DouglasParker

What Happens To A Family Trust In Probate?

What happens to a family trust in probate?   It’s not easy to understand it, as we don’t encounter this thing every day.   So for clarity, let’s define two terms – family trust and probate. A family member can establish a family trust to benefit his family members, who are related by law, affinity or blood.   Typically, it’s created as a tool stating the passing of the assets to future family generations, too. The term family refers to the grantor, his/her spouse, grandparents and children, and so on.  All members of the same family are the beneficiaries of a…

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EmilyThomas

The Best Piece of Law School Advice I Ever Received

Your first year of law school is a journey, and how well you handle its challenges could have a pretty big impact on your career. That being said, when I started law school, I was pretty terrified. I spent the summer before 1L poring over blogs and ordering advice books online, desperate to find some form of certainty to cling to. Even though there are lots of resources out there, listening to advice in person is still probably the most effective way to get pre-law school help. Lawyers have all gone through exactly what you’re about to tackle, and they…

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biglawinvestor

5 Secrets You Didn’t Know About Personal Finance

If you’re like me, you spent the holidays trying to stay warm, avoiding your phone, and curled up under a blanket watching a few lawyer movies, thankful that you’ve somehow avoided getting staffed on one of those must-close-by-December-31st deals.  But now it’s the new year and you’re thinking that you need to “control your money, so it doesn’t control you.” You’ve mastered the basic principles of creating a budget, avoiding credit card debt, and keeping a close eye on your decreasing student loan balance. But what else can you do to master your money and build wealth and security? Here…

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mjtimko13

Something Blue: Bringing Blue-Collar Roots to the Legal Profession - Collective Wisdom of 2019

As a 2019 Ms. JD Writer in Residence, I had the privilege of interviewing some truly inspirational first-generation lawyers/lawyers with blue-collar roots.  I learned about their unique paths to law school and the legal profession, and the challenges associated with becoming the first person in their family (or possibly in their community) to become a lawyer.  These women also shared some great advice, which I compiled below.  It is my hope that first-generation attorneys will continue to share their stories and mentor and support other trailblazers who are climbing up the ladder.    Collective Wisdom of 2019: You Can Do It! “You deserve to be where you…

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aechsner

Setting Yourself Up for Success on the Bar Exam from Day One

Studying for the bar exam is no small task. Countless hours are spent reading, answering practice questions, reviewing practice questions, and the study cycle continues.  At the onset of your designated preparation period, it is always a good idea to consider the following items because, if overlooked, they could result in being detrimental to success and ultimately, bar passage.   Environment. How is your study environment? Do you need absolute silence or do you prefer to have background noise? Do you value organization or do you work well with a bit of clutter? Whichever is best for you, be sure to…

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KatherineLaw

Types of Lawyers: Deciding What Type Of Lawyer Will You Be.

It's your first day at law school, you have a lot in mind but your pure goal is to become a successful lawyer. Law aspirants and even established lawyers may struggle to decide what area of law they want to be an expert with. Going to law schools may spark your thoughts that you will eventually work in renown and large firms practicing corporate law but the truth is that may not happen and you might be directed to another path.  We need to remember that all areas of the law are important and it comes handy in different situations. Whether you…

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DouglasParker

Your First Criminal Law Case: How to handle it?

Doing anything for the first time can be a nerve-racking experience. Handling a criminal law case for the first time is no exception. Imagine having someone else’s criminal record and future in your hands. The thought is enough to make anyone’s head spin. Being nervous is completely normal and is nothing to be ashamed of. Even the top criminal defense attorneys still experience this, especially for clients with a previous criminal record. If you are facing your first criminal law case, know that being nervous is natural. However, ask long as you keep your head clear, everything will be fine.…

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