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What No One Tells You Before You Go to Law School: You Actually Have to Teach Yourself “The Law”

I have to admit, I was pretty surprised when I showed up to law school and purchased my textbooks. One glance revealed that these were quite different from my undergraduate books. What was up with all of these long cases, followed by a string of questions with no answers? Weren’t these books supposed to teach me “the law”? I definitely wasn’t seeing too many answers! Here’s a little secret: You basically have to teach yourself “the law” in law school! How in the World Can You Teach Yourself? I’ve been thinking a lot about law school pedagogy lately, and reading…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: The Law School Decision Tailored for Women

 Recently, I was asked the following question by a young woman considering going to law school:What do I need to think about or do before applying to law school to make sure that it is right for me?  This young woman was concerned about the impact of a demanding career on her life, and she wanted some assurance that a law career would be a good fit for her.   My response to her also may be helpful to you.First of all, I was delighted that she was giving all of this such serious thought before diving into law school.  Too…

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Alice Shih

Yale Law Study on Gender from the Professors’ Point of View

This is the third post in a series about Yale Law Women’s study, Yale Law School Faculty & Students Speak Up About Gender: Ten Years Later. The second post examined the results of classroom observation. Student volunteers interviewed 54 professors (out of 83 professors contacted). Fourteen were women professors and forty were men professors. Each professor spoke with a student one-on-one for an hour regarding his or her views on gender dynamics inside and outside of the classroom and beyond law school. The interviews revealed significant differences between women and men faculty. Below are the major findings based on the professor interviews. First, Yale professors…

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Alice Shih

Yale Law Study Insights on Classroom Dynamics

This is the second post in a series about Yale Law Women’s study, Yale Law School Faculty & Students Speak Up About Gender: Ten Years Later. One of three major data collection methods was observing 113 class sessions in 21 Yale Law courses for three one-week periods in September, October, and November 2011. The study recorded the gender of the professor, gender of the speaker, whether it was an initial or subsequent participation, and the origin of the contribution (called on, volunteered, offered a question or comment without professor prompt, interrupted professor or classmate). A total of 2,934 participation events…

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Alice Shih

Yale Law School Faculty & Students Speak Up About Gender: Ten Years Later

In 2002, Yale Law Women (YLW) published Yale Law School Faculty and Students Speak About Gender: A Report on Faculty-Student Relations at Yale Law School. Expanding on several earlier YLS studies of gender dynamics during the 1980s and 1990s, the report noted progress toward gender equality within the law school, identified areas for future improvement, and started a dialogue between faculty and students about these issues. In 2012, YLW launched Yale Law School Faculty & Students Speak Up About Gender: Ten Years Later, a follow-up report on how gender dynamics have changed at Yale Law School over the last decade.…

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alisonmonahan

What No One Tells You Before You Go to Law School: You’re Entering a Sexist Profession

Maybe I was hopelessly naive, but it really never occurred to me that I'd be treated differently in the legal profession because I was a woman. I spent the several years before law school in a heavily male-dominated profession (software), and never had any issues. I'd done a previous graduate degree, same thing. All my life, I'd been "one of the guys" and I'd never had much interest in stereotypically female pursuits such as shopping and talking on the phone. Frankly, I decided at a young age it was a better long-term plan to be smart than to be cute,…

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Emily Rock

Montessori 1L: Stop and Smell the Finger Paint

There are many unique aspects of studying at Yale Law—small classes, no letter grades, students get to pick their own courses after first semester—but even expecting an unconventional legal education, I was surprised at my 1L orientation to hear a professor call Yale “Montessori Law School.” We all laughed, but I’m sure I wasn’t the only one thinking, “Really? What does that mean?”   Montessori education emphasizes independence and freedom of choice, and describes learning as “purposeful activity.” As I reflect on my time so far as a 1L, I’m starting to see what the professor might have meant. This…

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editor

Introducing the Panelists for Ms. JD’s Miss Representation Screening

Ms. JD is pleased to announce the panelists for our discussion of Miss Representation following the screening at O'Melveny & Myers this Friday.  This event is sold out but if you would like to join the waitlist in case someone is unable to attend, please click here.  More importantly, read on about our incredible panelists including Dr. Bernice Sandler "The Godmother of Title IX," Heather Traeger, Partner at O'Melveny & Myers, and Judge Judith Macaluso of the DC Superior Court. We are excited to hear reflections from these incredible women on the ideas presented in Miss Representation!  Read more about them…

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Ms. JD San Francisco Event: Young Professionals Mixer with AIF

We're always talking about the importance of expanding your network here at Ms. JD.  On April 19th, we're working with AIF Bay Area to give you an opportunity to meet new people and learn about two great organizations who are working to give students educational opportunities in Uganda and India.  Please join us!  For more information and to RSVP, click here.  To learn more about Ms. JD's Global Education Fund, click here.

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Ms. JD International

Ms. JD International: State Department, Part III: Foreign Service

Ms. JD International: State Department, Part III: Foreign Service The Foreign Service is the flagship arm of the State Department, and is an excellent career choice for Ms. JD Internationals seeking a career in the international sector. Ever dream about living an expat lifestyle? Attracted by the aura and mystery of diplomatic work? Want to represent the United States abroad? Then the Foreign Service may be for you. Whether you are straight out of law school or have been practicing for years, the Foreign Service is a great option to stoke your international interests and embark upon a diplomatic career.…

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