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Ms.JD’s National Women Law Students’ Organization Chapter Handbook Now Available Online

Ms. JD is happy to announce the publication of our 2011-2012 National Women Law Students' Organization Chapter Handbook.  This resource,available free to law students, ia a guide to founding and running a successful student organization...and chaning the face of the legal profession. We are greatful to our generous sponsors for making this handbook, and projects like it, possible. Founded at Stanford Law School in 2006 by a group of female students from law schools across the country, Ms. JD remains close to her law school roots as home to the National Women Law Students’ Organization (NWLSO). Last year, we discovered that…

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1L Tip of the Day: Start Thinking About the Exam on the First Day of Class

Editors Note: Ms. JD is pleased to be sharing some of our favorite posts about success in law school as part of our commitment to helping you start the school year off right.  If you're enjoying these tips, sign up for Ms. JD's National Women Law Students Organization by clicking here.  You'll get Ms. JD's top blog posts delivered to your inbox every Friday, special notification about Ms. JD events in your area, and a once-monthly newsletter designed specifically for law students all for free! To learn more about NWLSO, click here.This post was authored by Alison at The Girl's Guide to Law…

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Beyond the Books: Upcoming Opportunities for Law Students and Applicants

For People of Color, Inc.'s annual personal statement review for law school applicants is going on now. Statements must be submitted by 5pm PST Monday, Sept. 19th. San Francisco's Equal Justice Society is accepting applications for a a fall law clerk as well as it's 2012-2013 Motley Fellowship. Legal Voice, formerly the Northwest Women's Law Center, is looking for legal interns for fall 2011. Looking for free or low cost bar exam prep? Fall is the perfect time to look into becoming a campus representative for commercial bar prep companies. Information for Kaplan and Themis can be found online but students should check…

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Damages

Hello Ms. JD readers! My name is Marisa and I am a 2L at Michigan State University College of Law. This is my first post for Ms. JD and I am very excited to have the opportunity to be part of this powerful legal community of women.  I speak for so many law students, when I say that once the school year begins, so does the stress. Be it job searching, outlines, externships, whatever - it can be a trying time! My ultimate stress-remedy includes inspirational movies and various TV series. There is nothing like a good movie or show…

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Beyond the Books: Upcoming Opportunities for Law Students

The school year has officially begun, which means not only outlines and lectures but also job hunting and networking. Ms.JD is happy to pass along conference and fellowship opportunities for women law students. Law Students for Reproductive Justice is now accepting applications for their fellowship program. Deadline is November 1, 2011. Drowning in Debt? Learn How Government and Nonprofit Workers Can Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness - An Equal Justice Works Webinar - Sept. 8, 2011. Registration is now open for the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair.It's Your Time: Women Taking Action - bipartisan event for women interested in running for office…

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So…My Mentor Hit On Me

When I was in my first year of law school my legal writing class assigned me a mentor. In fact, every first year law student received a mentor. Of course, both the mentors and the mentees had varying levels of interest in each other and the mentorship program had a wide range of success. My mentor, unlike most, was great! He took more of an interest in me than most other mentors seemed to take in their mentees, he returned emails within a day, and he paid for the coffee when we met at Starbucks.  And then…things got a little…

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Update from Uganda: Watch Ms. JD International Scholars Joaninne and Monica Talk about Their Studies

Editor's Note:  This is a previous update on Ms. JD's Global Education Fund. Each year, the Ms. JD Global Education Fund (GEF) has made it possible for two young Ugandan women, to pursue their dreams of becoming lawyers by attending the law program at Makerere University in Uganda.  Ms. JD's Third Annual Global Education Fund  Benefit will be held on August 5, 2015 from 6:30-10 pm at Monarch SF in San Francisco.  The benefit will raise funds for GEF and include live entertainment, a silent auction (with items totaling over $20,000 in value) and great food and networking.  Please click here…

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2011 Ms.JD Fellowship

In 2010, Ms. JD awarded Fellowships to 20 rising third-year law students. Fellows were chosen from among over 300 applicants representing 75 law schools. Fellows were selected based on their academic performance, leadership, and dedication to advancing the status of women in the profession. Last year's fellowship recipients included law review editors-in-chief, published scholars, and future judicial clerks. For the 2011 Ms. JD Fellowship, we have found an equally impressive group of aspiring lawyers:Elizabeth Bailey, Harvard UniversityAngela Cunningham, Northwestern UniversityTanya Falleiro, Golden Gate UniversitySarah Ferguson, New York Law SchoolCarla Laroche, Columbia UniversityRebecca Levine, University of WashingtonSarah Martin, University of California,…

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The Best Advice I Never Got: Write Your Own Story

Editor's Note: this essay was submitted by Danielle, in response to the 2010 Ms. JD Scholarship prompt: What's the best advice you never got? The best advice I never got prior to my first year of law school was, "Write your own story."  So often as aspiring lawyers, and especially as aspiring female attorneys, we are told of a clear trajectory of success.  You must get all A's, you apply and accept only prestigious internships and clerkships, you must be on Moot Court Board AND A.D.R. and Editor of the Law Review if you want a job after law school.  If I could…

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Law School’s Final Act of Inclusiveness

I graduated this weekend. Law school is over. It feels good. But, in true law school form, my legal education got one final jab in. This, my friends, is the instruction sheet for how to wear my academic hood during graduation. Oh wait, it's not how to wear my hood...it's how a man should wear his hood. You know, because all people who graduate from law school are men.  The instruction sheet tells me to do the following:"1. Put hood on over your head with velvet side up and with small tapered end in front."Great! I'm on board. "2. Before closing gown, loop cord…

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