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The 2018 Ms. JD Fellowship Application Is Now Open!

The Ms. JD Fellowship, one of our most popular programs, is now open for applications! 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…

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It’s Time To Beat The Burn Out: The Importance of Well-Being In The Legal Profession

THE CURRENT CLIMATE Burnout, stress, anxiety, depression – whatever you want to call it – if you’re in the legal profession there is a chance that you’ll feel it at some point in your career. Lawyers are constantly reaching for a professional-personal life balance, and the pressure to deliver can feel enormous for even the most confident and most competent lawyers. Unsurprisingly, burnout starts in law school. A 2014 research survey on law student well-being revealed that law students might have higher rates of anxiety and depression than other graduate students. (Jerome M. Organ et al., “Suffering in Silence: The…

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Studying Abroad in Law School

Studying abroad is a wonderful opportunity for students to expand their world-view through international travel and cultural immersion.  It provides more than just Instagram-worthy photos; it is a beneficial experience that can enable both personal and academic growth. For law students, studying abroad is especially advantageous since we live in such a global economy and law has become increasingly international. Additionally, exposure to foreign governments, legal systems, and jurisprudence can help American students better identify the strengths and weaknesses within our own system. As future lawyers and leaders, this perspective is critical if we wish to make positive changes within…

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Elizabeth Tolon

Creating Balance through Routine

As I go through my final semester of law school, I reflect on what I’ve learned since starting two and a half years ago.  For me, law school has been challenging, invigorating, fun, and full of surprises.  When I walked into class on my first day of law school, I had no idea what to expect.  I had no idea what textualism meant or how the Rules of Civil Procedure influence litigation.  I didn’t know what the Socratic method was and I didn’t understand the curve.  After my first day of classes, I felt a little like Elle Woods after…

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Shifting Sides – Advice for Those Considering Non-Practicing Roles at Law Firms (Part 1 of 2 Posts)

Each year I have pleasure of speaking with many lawyers who are considering transitioning to a non-practicing role at a law firm.  I always encourage practicing lawyers to take the time to research these roles and do all they can to understand how they differ from legal practice.  This will be Part 1 of a two-part post on this topic.  This post will cover general information about how the work and experience can differ from practice. Part 2 will provide detail about the interviewing process, specific resources you can consult and sample questions to ask as you decide whether this…

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Selfie with no Filter: the 1L Life - Know Yourself.

“If you were an ingredient in a salad, what would you be?” Immediately after my mentor posed the question, I started desperately hoping she didn’t expect me to come up with an answer. We were discussing an upcoming interview, and this was way out of my comfort zone. Questions like this terrify me. Even though I can prepare all the typical responses about my strengths, weaknesses, and five-year goals, these types of questions make me feel like the interview committee has some sort of inside joke that I’m not in on. She quickly continued with what she would say in…

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The Big Picture

In last month’s post, I began with an introduction to my own professional journey in a ‘JD Preferred’ career in Compliance.  This month, I’d like to discuss the concept in a much broader context.  To lay the foundation for future posts (which will be more fun to read, I promise), I’ve got to get some dry information out of the way first here.  Bear with me! JD Advantage I didn’t know this until I started doing research for this column, but apparently this is a thing now.  Starting with the law school Class of 2011, a new term of art…

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You’ll Pay For This: What In The World Does Your Student Loan Statement Say?

I would compare reading about law school loans to watching a car accident happen. You don’t really WANT to watch it, but you also can’t seem to turn away. This month, I am rewarding your curiosity with a more in depth analysis of how student loans work. As you may recall from last month, I spent a good deal of time (almost 2 years) after graduation completely avoiding the fact that I had student loans at all. A big part of the reason I was so scared to even look at my student loan accounts after I graduated was that I…

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10 Habits of Wealthy Lawyers

Setting yourself up for financial success isn’t about making one good decision. If willpower was all it took to get rich, we’d all have a million dollars by 3pm and on a flight to a tropical island by 7pm. Unfortunately (or fortunately really), building wealth is about changing behaviors through developing new habits. And just like any habit you’ve ever changed, it’s not something that happens overnight. You’ll have to build these habits over time. Here are my top 10 habits of financially successful people. Habit 1: Paradigm Shift People that are successful with money believe that money is working…

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What’s It Like to Work in Corporate Law?

Corporate law – the big cat territory. If you have money on your mind, this is probably the field of law you hope to get into. But what's it really like to work in corporate law? Big Law firms often take in junior classes each year, and by the end of the two years, most are gone. Why? It's a cutthroat world, and you need a thick skin to survive. Is it like this at every firm? Of course not. But just like any other field of law, corporate law has its benefits and drawbacks. One drawback? The long hours.…

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