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Lindsey Urban

NAWL’s 2014 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition

The National Association of Women Lawyers established the annual Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition to encourage and reward original law student writing on issues concerning women and the law. Entrants should submit a paper on an issue concerning women's rights or the status of women in the law. The most recent winning paper was "Prosecutorial Indiscretion: District Attorneys' Misuse of Alabama's Chemical Endangerment Law to Criminalize Pregnant Women's Substance Abuse" written by Amy Kokot, Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $500. NAWL will also…

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elizabeth.hague

NWLSO’s Tips: Why You Should Think About Attending “Passion Forward”

Editor's Note: Ms. JD is pleased to present a new series of blog posts as part of our NWLSO expansion. In this series, the Ms. JD Board will answer a question aimed at helping our readers succeed in and get the most out of law school. This post will focus on "Why You Should Think About Attending Passion Forward," Ms. JD's sixth annual Conference on Women in the Law, in partnership with the Center for Women in Law at The University of Texas School of Law. The conference will take place from February 21-22, 2014 in Austin, Texas. More details about this exciting event can…

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ggc212

A Most Toxic Word

Given the start of a new semester and a new year, I propose that law students make a concerted effort to reduce--perhaps eradicate--the use of the word gunner and its derivatives. The word gunner is an informal term commonly used among law students to refer to someone who will stop at nothing in order to beat the grading curve, including compromise their integrity. There are anecdotal examples of aggressive gunning, which can include, but are not limited to, deliberately tearing out pages of library books and dominating class conversations. Gunning can also take more insidious and passive-aggressive forms, such as…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: More Horror Stories About Law School Applicants

In my last post, I shared with you some of the really shocking things that law school applicants do to improve their chances of getting into law school----as told to me recently by law school admissions personnel. I emphasize here again how absolutely astounded I am that applicants think this kind of behavior is acceptable and will benefit them in any way.Here are some more things to avoid if you are at all interested in impressing the people who hold your future in their hands:Do NOT tell the law school admissions personnel that their school is your second choice.  Many…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: Horror Stories about Law School Applicants

Just when I thought I had heard it all.Last week I was in Atlanta at a conference of pre-law advisors.  I was there to introduce the attendees to Best Friends at the Bar and to keep up with what is happening in the world of law school applications.  In addition to interesting programs designed to best serve college and university students, we also were joined by deans and directors of law school admission offices, who shared stories from "the front."That is when it really got interesting.  Why?  Because the stories we heard about bad manners and just plain stupidity during…

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Liz Vaysman

The Myth of 3L

We’ve all heard the saying: 1L they scare you to death, 2L they work you to death, and 3L they bore you to death.  I don’t know about the rest of the 3Ls out there, but I am not bored.  If anything, I am more scared than 1L and work more than 2L.  Aside from courses and clinic, involvement in activities, professional development, and god-forbid, personal time, there is a major weight put on 3L: the job hunt.  I’m not going to list methods I have tried or am trying, or how hard I think this year is with the…

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elizabeth.hague

NWLSO’s Tips: What We Wish We’d Known About Keeping Calm and Carrying On

Editor's Note: Ms. JD is pleased to present a new series of blog posts as part of our recent NWLSO expansion. Every few weeks, the Ms. JD Board will answer a question aimed at helping our readers succeed in and get the most out of law school. This week's NWLSO's Tips will focus on "What We Wish We'd Known About Keeping Calm and Carrying On." If you're enjoying these tips, you can sign up to be an individual member of NWLSO, or you can start a NWLSO chapter at your law school (or check on the status of NWLSO at your law school) by emailing…

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elizabeth.hague

NWLSO’s Tips: What We Wish We’d Known About Interacting With Professors

Editor's Note: Ms. JD is pleased to present a new series of blog posts as part of our recent NWLSO expansion. Every two weeks, the Ms. JD Board will answer a question aimed at helping our readers succeed in and get the most out of law school. This week's NWLSO's Tips will focus on "What We Wish We'd Known About Interacting with Professors." If you're enjoying these tips, you can sign up to be an individual member of NWLSO, or you can start a NWLSO chapter at your law school (or check on the status of NWLSO at your law school) by emailing our NWLSO…

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Janet

Letters from Uganda: Brenda Abiria

Ed. Note: In 2010 Ms. JD launched the Global Education Fund to enable women in developing countries to pursue legal educations who otherwise would not have access to further education.  Ms. JD International Scholars are being supported by the GEF's grants to Makerere University in Uganda.  Each year, the Ms. JD Global Education Fund has made it possible for two more young Ugandan women to pursue their dreams of becoming lawyers by attending the law program at Makerere University!  Ms. JD's Fourth Annual Global Education Fund (GEF) Benefit will be held on August 22, 2016 from 6:30-9 pm at Doc's Lab in San Francisco.  Each year, the Ms.…

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Janet

Letters from Uganda: Joaninne Nanyange

Ed. Note: In 2010 Ms. JD launched the Global Education Fund to enable women in developing countries to pursue legal educations who otherwise would not have access to further education.  Ms. JD International Scholars are being supported by the GEF's grants to Makerere University in Uganda.  Each year, the Ms. JD Global Education Fund has made it possible for two more young Ugandan women to pursue their dreams of becoming lawyers by attending the law program at Makerere University!  Ms. JD's Fourth Annual Global Education Fund (GEF) Benefit will be held on August 22, 2016 from 6:30-9 pm at Doc's Lab in San Francisco.  The benefit will…

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