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Everything Nobody Ever Told Me: How to Prevent Anxiety During Interviews

“To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose one’s self..” – Soren Kierkegaard I have several colleagues who get really nervous during interviews.  They are all very accomplished in their fields and any organization would be lucky to have them.  One man sweats uncontrollably, to the point where the damp begins to seep through his shirt.  Another colleague loses her train of thought and forgets to make the most salient points about her work.  A third colleague gets so nervous he really is unable to listen to what questions are being asked and he comes across as…

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Career Tips If You Think About Being A Real Estate Attorney

We all know how wide the field of law can be, each attorney has some specialized field and being a "jack of all trades" in this industry may seem impossible. If you are really aiming to become a real estate lawyer, then you must know what it does and some career tips for you to succeed. An Immobilization Lawyer is someone whose job is to learn the laws and regulations relating to immovable transactions. Immobilization attorneys help consumers grasp contracts and other legal documents. They deal with zoning and mortgage fraud, negotiate the transfers of deed and titles on behalf…

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Practice Pointers – Drafting an Effective Resume

Let’s get right to it. For most, resume writing isn’t the sexiest of drafting tasks. But it’s a necessary one. And in what’s become a rapidly tighter job market, you know it’s better to go ahead and tackle that dreaded task now. As Eminem wisely wrote: Look If you had One shot Or one opportunity To seize everything you ever wanted Would you capture it Or just let it slip? Pretty sure he wasn’t talking about resume writing, but he might as well have been. Your resume is your first impression, your one shot, one opportunity, to seize everything you…

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How Coronavirus Can Impact Your Law School Admission

Covid 19 - Most law schools have moved classes online, canceled campus and events, and limited libraries and other facilities, as have other educational institutions. Students who are concerned about the effects on their transcript as they enter a dangerous workplace should begin preparing for final papers and exams early and use video conference tools to carry out group study sessions and feel less isolated. Schools are likely to pursue new policies to facilitate the transition; some of them have allowed their students to attend classes through passes or failures. In the coming months, law schools may have to reconsider essential…

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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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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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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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