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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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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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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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When Is a JD NOT Preferred?

I've been extolling the virtues of alternative legal careers for the past 10 months, so it's about time I introduce a contrarian element.  My goal with the 'JD Preferred' theme of this blog is not to gloss over the hardships for folks who are facing six-figure debts and limited job prospects.  What I am advocating, in all cases, is a deliberate approach.  So whether I am reaching you in anticipation of enrolling in law school or in the throes of a post-JD career transition, allow me to share some thoughts on when touting your JD will not get you what…

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What To Do When Your School Can’t Help You Get a Policy Job

In law school, I had an amazing party trick. The first month of school everyone was asking the three standard questions. “What’s your name?” “Where are you from?” And finally, “what do you want to practice?” The first two elicited pretty typical responses. But, the third was my astounding trick. Instead of saying I wanted to be a prosecutor or a civil litigator, I said I wanted to work in policy. Brows furrowed. Jaws dropped. Panic flickered in their eyes. They could not understand why someone would suffer the three-year torture of law school to never see the inside of…

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6 Great Jobs For Up And Coming Lawyers

Any recent law graduate will readily attest to the time, effort, and commitment that was necessary to reach their goal. Many new members of the bar knew exactly what type of lawyer they would be upon entering law school. For others, the options for lawyers are so plentiful they may try different routes before finally settling on the one they like best. In any event, the up and coming lawyer has many job routes from which to choose.   Immigration Lawyer Lawyers that deal with immigration issues guide individuals, families, and business owners through the complex maze of immigration law.…

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First Generation Success Story: 3L Year - Where I am, where I am going.

    I am currently in my final year of law school, my 3L year. This year is my last year of law school… actually, my last year of school ever. Notoriously, this year is referred to as the “bored to death” year.  I would really like to know who told 1L and 2L me that your last year of law school is best year ever because you’ll be bored more than anything. Because I am requesting my refund now! My 3L year is BEYOND busier than second year and MORE stressful than my first year! I signed up for…

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Effective Ways to Prepare for Your Law Finals

Succeeding for your finals in law school requires much more than showing up to class. There is a lot of preparation and time that is put into becoming a good lawyer, but one of the main things to realize is that there are no shortcuts. Finals for any student can be daunting, but even more so in law school. Fortunately, with the right tools and mindset, they can be passed with flying colors. The following tips will provide you with an insight on retaining as much information as you can whilst also amplifying your comprehension. Effective Ways to Prepare for…

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5 Ways To Finance Law School

Higher education is the key to financial and career success. Most companies have no desire or patience for dealing with those who have not obtained their college degree. The job market is migrating towards work that requires this level of education because the economy itself is evolving. A lot of the work done in the past was manual labor type work. These days a lot more of the tasks that we need completed are knowledge-based tasks. Thus, people need to know what they can do to try to afford their college education.   Need Based Grants The cost of college…

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Survive Law School with these 7 Tips

Of course, every law student enters law school hoping to become a successful lawyer one day. While some students make it to the end and realize their career dream, others never make it to the final year. Law school has a lot of hardships, so people don't have to sugarcoat it. It's often stressful, competitive, and demanding, and for at least three years law students will immerse themselves in legal internships, law classes, and textbooks, hoping that they will pass the bar exam. Though law school is a long, rough path, the journey is always rewarding. The following are seven…

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