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Emily Rock

Montessori 1L: Second Semester Report

I’m happy to report that I survived my first semester finals. There’s not a lot of suspense about getting them back, because a) professors have until March to turn in grades, and more importantly, b) those “grades” consist of either “pass” or “no pass.” And everyone passes. Depending on how studious you are, you might be either comforted or aggravated to know that your transcript will look exactly the same as everyone else’s, including that guy who only came to Torts twice all semester. Me, I’m pretty glad to just be done with exams and on to second semester. Which…

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Ms. JD International

Ms. JD International: State Department, Part I

State Department, Part I: Student Opportunities The State Department, perhaps the pinnacle of all things international, has fantastic professional opportunities for internationally-minded law students. The three core opportunities for students are: the Student Internship Program, STEP (Student Temporary Employment Program), and SCEP (Student Career Experience Program). Law students can extern during the semester in at State headquarters in DC for credit or intern at an embassy abroad. The Office of the Legal Adviser, otherwise known as “L,” offers a very small number of externships and paid summer internships specifically for law students, but law students interested in international law should…

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nshah

Resolution Reminder: Live Like a Law Student

Not one day (or expenditure) goes by without the constant reminder of the debt I am racking up in pursuit of my education.   I may not be a financial advisor, however as a broke law student, I have done my fair share of research on savvy spending. The ideas I share with you today are beyond the taught methods of loan deterrence and management e.g. debt forgiveness and repayment programs or refinancing and loan consolidation.  My ideas are additional, but often overlooked, tactics to employ. Get Rewarded for Shopping (It is Like a Dream Come True!):   Get a credit…

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Apply for the 2012-2013 Ms. JD Fellowship!

The Ms. JD Fellowship, one of our most popular programs, is open for applications!In 2010, Ms. JD partnered with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession to found the Ms. JD Fellowship. The Fellowship is Ms. JD's program to promote mentoring and professional development. Each spring, Ms. JD selects a group of outstanding second year law students as Fellowship winners. In addition to receiving financial support and invitations to ABA and Ms. JD events, each Fellowship winner is paired with a mentor chosen from among the Brent Award Winners and ABA Commission on Women in the Profession Commissioners. To…

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KMLW

Hosting an Event?  Promote it on Ms. JD!

Here at Ms. JD, we often hear from students and attorneys that they struggle to fill events that they plan.  Often filling the events that you plan is just about making sure you reach the right and the broadest audience possible.  We can help you!Did you know that you can promote your events on Ms. JD?  Ms. JD maintains a calendar that we use to promote events going on at schools, non-profits, and law firms throughout the country.  You can add your own events too. To add an event:1. You have to be a registered user of Ms. JD.  If you're…

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alisonmonahan

What No One Tells You Before You Go To Law School: It’s Impossible to Know If You’re Making “The Right” Choice

A lot of people go to law school because they think it’s “the right” thing to do. Maybe they’ve always been argumentative, or never really liked math, or have a vague idea that a career in law would be exciting and lucrative (just like on TV!). Social pressure starts building, no entry-level jobs materialize, and – before you know it – you’re sitting for the LSAT! Things go pretty well, fee waivers appear, and, just like that, it’s time to start classes. Whoa, what just happened?!? Let’s take a collective deep breath, shall we, and back up. How can you…

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Creating Successful Mentorship Programs - Tips from a Program Leader

Editors Note: This post was submitted by Sarah Martin, a 2011 Ms. JD Fellow.  The Ms. JD Fellowship is the result of partnership between Ms. JD and the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.  Fellows, who are rising 3Ls, are paired with an ABA Commissioner or Margaret Brent Award Winner as part of a year long mentorship.  Applications for this year's fellowship are due on March 1, 2014. Apply today! As part of their fellowship, each Ms. JD fellow writes a post for the blog about an issue of importance to them.  Sarah has been very involved in the Women…

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KMLW

Challenging Law Schools: Have you noticed all the press lately?

I just finished catching up on a week's worth of news from the ABA and other sources. I noticed a recurring theme: the problems with today's legal education. For example, the ABA Journal reported on a proposal by two Yale Law Profs to refund half of a student's tuition if the student chose to drop out of law school after the first year. The idea is modeled off of a similar policy by online retailer Zappos designed to encourage retention of only the most committed employees. Another article chronicles the disparate interests of legal academia and legal practice noting that…

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Over 800 people have voted for Ms. JD so far! Have you?

The last week has been incredible. We’re so close to winning $25,000 we can smell it! Over 800 of you have voted for us already, we’re closing the gap and moving toward the coveted top 100 spots. We’re doing great, but we won’t be able to win without you.To those who have voted:  thank you. Will you accept the challenge to get three more votes?To those who haven’t voted: We can’t do it without you! Help put us into the top 100 with your vote right now. It only takes 10 seconds.Chase Community Giving is sponsoring a contest to award…

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Do you “like” Ms. JD? Prove it and help us win up to $250,000!

Have you ever benefited from reading a Ms. JD blog post or attending a conference or event? Now is your chance to give back and help Ms. JD win up to $250,000. All you have to do is log on to your facebook page (which we know you were about to do anyway). Unlike other women’s law programs, Ms. JD is not member based. This means that we spend our day providing you with news and resources to help you succeed and we do so for free. Although the services we provide don’t cost you anything, they are costly for us…

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