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Emily Rock

Montessori 1L: Finding the Right Balance

Yesterday, a classmate said she had a question for me.  She said I’d be interested in the topic because I’m into women’s rights issues, and then she prefaced her question with “Now, I’m no feminist, but…”  She went on to explain that at several top law schools, the percentage of women who get onto the flagship journal is as low as 20%.  “Doesn’t that just make your blood boil?”  I had to bite my tongue, because the response that first came to mind was not entirely sincere.  What really made my blood boil was the caveat “I’m no feminist.”  This…

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jnwokocha

8 Ways to Be Productive During Your Law School Summers

School is out and ideally you would like to find yourself lying on a beach somewhere, spending the entire summer resting up from the marathon of a year that you endured. Reality has it that you really cannot afford to spend your summer lounging around. You can use the summer to get ahead, make your mark, and forge connections within the legal community. If you failed to network during the school year, summer is the perfect time to flex your social muscles. Here are 8 Ways to Be Productive Over Your Law School Summers: 1. Connect with all or most of…

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alisonmonahan

What No One Tells You Before You Go to Law School: It Helps to Know What Job You Want on Day One

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.  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 join, click here.When I went to law school, I thought I’d have a good couple of years…

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Emily Rock

Montessori 1L: Law School and the Busy Trap

Tim Kreider wrote an insightful piece last week on “The Busy Trap,” and while his peer group isn’t mine (mostly because his peers are out of school and somewhat closer to the real world than mine), the piece resonated with my law school experience. The essay opens: "If you live in America in the 21st century you’ve probably had to listen to a lot of people tell you how busy they are. It’s become the default response when you ask anyone how they’re doing: “Busy!” “So busy.” “Crazy busy.” It is, pretty obviously, a boast disguised as a complaint." As…

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Join Us For Twitter Chats!

Alison Monahan, founder of The Girl's Guide to Law School, and co-founder with Lee Burgess of the Law School Toolbox & Bar Exam Toolbox, brings us a new tool from her toolbox: Twitter chats!The inaugural Twitter chat was held on June 13, 2012, and covered the topic of law school, including the following questions: What do you wish you'd known about law school? What surprised you? What made law school classes challenging? Can you survive being cold-called when you don't know the answer? What kind of summer prep is helpful?You can read the full transcript of the Twitter chat HERE.The second Twitter…

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Ms. JD Announces the 2012 Ms. JD Fellows

Ms. JD has awarded Fellowships to 11 law students. Fellows were selected based on their academic performance, leadership, and dedication to advancing the status of women in the profession.  The winners reflect a full range of diverse interests and backgrounds, with women pursuing opportunities in public interest, academia, and private sector in every region of the country.  More than half of the recipients come from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in the legal profession.  The 2012 Ms. JD Fellowship Winners are: Joanne Caceres, Harvard Law School Kristen Corpion, Berkeley Law Maya Diamant Lentz, Northwestern University Law School Lauren Fried,…

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alisonmonahan

What No One Tells You Before You Got to Law School: It Might Be All In Your Head!

I’m afraid what I’m about to say might offend some of you, but bear with me. The truth is that you’re probably making law school harder than it needs to be! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying law school’s easy. But…it’s not THAT hard, if you can figure out how to keep your s**t together, and spend your time and energy on learning the material. (Rather than wasting it trying to pull yourself out of the pit of despair you fell into a week ago when you were cold-called and your answer wasn’t perfect.)   It’s Okay if You’re…

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The Unexpected Challenges of Law School: The Emotional Roller Coaster

Editor's Note: This essay was submitted by a first year law student at the University of Michigan in response to Ms. JD's prompt, "What about law school presented an unexpected challenge? What have you done to successfully meet this challenge?" I came to law school expecting to be busy. I knew what I was getting into: long hours pouring over cases, writing memos for Legal Practice, studying for finals worth 100% of my grade. I knew all of that, and I was ready for it. What I was not ready for was the emotional toll that would take on me. Law…

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Alice Shih

The Importance of Replicating the Yale Law Study on Gender

Over the course of the past few weeks, this series has examined the findings from Yale Law Women’s study, Yale Law School Faculty & Students Speak Up About Gender: Ten Years Later. This study was the product of nearly two years of diligence by a board of 12 members and about 50 student volunteers. This study was not undertaken for academic credit. Rather, its authors felt compelled to understand the continuing gender disparity in positions of leadership in the government, judiciary, private sector, and in the legal academy. This Yale Law study is just one study. We urge students to replicate…

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Ms. JD International

Ms. JD International: UN Office of Legal Affairs

The United Nations is the flagship entity in the international sector, and has opportunities for lawyers at headquarters and in the field to work in international law. Similar to the State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser, the UN has a central Office of Legal Affairs, based at headquarters in New York. The Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) serves as in-house counsel to the UN Secretary-General, the Secretariat as a whole, and the rest of the UN organs.  The OLA is lead by an Under-Secretary-General, an Assistant Secretary-General, and staffed by 160 attorneys. The Under-Secretary General serves as chief legal…

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