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Just in time for graduation, the ABA tightened its bar pass standard for law schools

Thousands of new lawyers celebrated their graduation this weekend and, in time-honored tradition, celebrated for approximately one day before turning to studying for the bar exam. On Friday, the ABA announced that it was tightening its accreditation standard for law schools’ bar passage rates. The new standard will require law schools to have a bar pass rate of at least 75% within two years of graduation.  Overall, this rate was 88.57% for the most recent year, but bar passage rates are highly correlated with LSAT scores. This change puts the pressure on bottom-tier law schools, i.e., those that admit the…

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Public service scholarship essay

Diversity, Inclusion, and Representation are words that have a strong presence in the legal community. With a greater push from clients for teams that reflect the diversity of the greater world we live in and a realization that the number of attorneys from under represented backgrounds is extremely disproportionate to the amount of white men from the good ole’ boys club, the push for diversity efforts in law school recruitment has been a significant one. While many law schools have increased the enrollment of students from underrepresented backgrounds, they have not gotten past using  ‘diversity’ and ‘inclusiveness’ as buzzwords for recruitment…

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How I Speak Up!

“Nicole, although your year-end review showed that you were among the top producers for the Georgia Families 360 program, we are unable to offer you a salary increase.  We hope that you will continue to advocate for the adoption assistance, foster care, and juvenile justice population as you have done this year so successfully.” Wow.  There I was, the third year in a row, not receiving the salary increase that was “guaranteed” to me when I interviewed for the position.  As an outreach care specialist, I was tasked with calling healthcare facilities, juvenile correctional facilities, and families to ensure they…

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Learning to Speak Up for Myself

I am generally a nonconfrontational person. I felt bad when I was seven and I told my mom that I wanted a different doll than the one she had picked out. I felt bad when I was eleven and I told my dad that I didn’t want to go to the haunted house because I was too scared. But I didn’t feel bad when I told someone who I thought was my friend to stop sexually harassing me. I was caught off guard when he first started messaging me. I was only fourteen and was still very unfamiliar with sex.…

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Summer 2019 Public Interest Scholarship

Through reflection, I know that I tend to take on a protector role. Though not a conscious objective, I assume a position to protect others in order to allow others to express their full potential. This natural disposition illustrates my draw to help others that I will incorporate into my legal career. As the youngest of four, I knew early on the power and need to speak up for myself. From the familial sphere, I transferred this assertive disposition into social settings where I realized the need to speak up for others.  Of the many personal stories in my formative years that highlight this attribute, one in particular exhibits my understanding…

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Minding the Business that Pays You

One of the most difficult parts of law school thus far has been fighting the urge to get swept up in the all-consuming comparison trap. "Comparison is the thief of joy” is all too real when it comes to law school even though it is almost human nature to compare yourself with others. Comparison is something that most people utilize because it seems to serve as a way of measuring our success and achievement against someone who we deem to be in similar standing to us. The hard part about comparing yourself to others is that we live in a…

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Come to the “SITIE” of Seattle!

Innovate Your Summer in the "SITIE" of Seattle! This is an open letter to all my Ms. JD law school colleagues.  I would like to invite you to enroll in Seattle University School of Law’s Summer Institute for Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (SITIE), in Seattle, Washington. As one of the student co-founders of the forthcoming Seattle Journal of Technology, Environmental & Innovation Law, and a past student of the Immersion Course, I am excited to help spread the word about a new academic collaboration between the law school and attorneys at many of Seattle’s most cutting-edge technology companies, including Microsoft, The Allen Institute for…

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Ms. JD Summer 2019 Public Interest Scholarship Competition is Now Open!

Ms. JD is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2019 Summer Public Interest Scholarship Competition!  The recipients of the 2019 Public Interest Scholarship Competition will each receive a scholarship, up to $5,000 per recipient, to go towards their summer living expenses as they pursue careers in public interest law. Ms. JD is thrilled to continue our support of women pursuing public interest careers and soften the burden faced by folks who accept public interest internships, which are often unpaid.   Eligibility The Scholarship is open to all law students who currently identify as women, or who have previously…

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Considering a Career Switch into the Legal Industry?

One of the most challenging and rewarding decisions I made in my career was enrolling in law school after working for several years. At the time, I reached a point in my career where I started to build credibility and expertise in my field, but I found myself increasingly interested in the laws impacting the healthcare industry. I also knew getting back into “school-mode” would be an adjustment. But because I didn’t have family or close friends that were attorneys, I had to learn what attorneys did and what I would learn in law school. To those of you reading…

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Preparing for Law School? Check out these do’s and don’ts.

This post was written by Mackenzie Koppenhofer, a 2019 Ms. JD Fellow.  The year before beginning law school is a difficult one: you have a lot of fears and doubts based on rumors and articles about the difficulties of law school, you don’t quite know what to expect, and trying to juggle the application process alongside your other responsibilities can be overwhelming. All of these things definitely bogged me down during my application process: I was working full time as a restaurant manager, had just graduated from undergrad, and no one in my family had ever gone to law school.…

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