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A Call for Volunteers!

Dear Ms. JD readers and members,As most of you know, every year Ms. JD hosts its annual conference as a way of reaching out and benefiting its Ms. JD and National Women Law Students’ Organization Members.  This year, thanks to the help of American University Washington College of Law, Ms. JD will be hosting its 5th annual conference on March 9-10, 2012 in DC!Since this conference in right around the corner, it is important that Ms. JD makes the most of its time.  Our conferences are one of our top priorities, so we work hard to make them the best…

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Study Links Demographics of Law School Faculty to Demographics of Law Review Leadership

In 2010, Ms. JD conducted a survey of self-reported gender diversity data from general interest law reviews at the 2009 U.S. News and World Report “Top 50” law schools. The results showed that while overall percentages of women members of these law journals and women in leadership positions correlated strongly to the number of women awarded law degrees during the same time period; the number of women editor-in-chiefs was disproportionately low. This month, New York Law School compiled an addendum to Ms. JD’s data, surveying two samples of law reviews based on criteria other than the U.S. News rankings: the…

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Paying your Way to the Annual Conference, Part 2 - “Dos” when seeking funding for your trip!

I've previously posted on all the offices at law schools that may supply funding for a trip to the Ms. JD conference.  So you've strategized who you're going to appeal to ... now the question is HOW?  Here's a few DOs for successful law school fundraising: 1. DO have a plan!  Price out the transportation and hotel costs for your trip in advance.  That way you have a specific budget you can go to your school with.  DO try to travel at times that are less expensive (i.e. if you can fly out mid-day that will usually be cheaper than…

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Tips on Finding Financial Support at Your School

The Ms. JD Executive Board spent the weekend in San Diego at our annual Board Retreat.  In addition to making our plans for the the next year's programming, we also laid the ground work for what promises to be an incredible conference in Washington!  "Ms. JD: She Leads" will be packed with great programming about leadership skills, improving womens' leadership position in the legal profession, and, of course, lots of fun!  For anyone who has been to the conference before, you know how many amazing women you meet and the great networking you can do!  Plus, this year we're doing it all in…

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Call for Papers: Feminist Legal Theory at Law & Society, Honolulu, June 2012

The Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network (CRN) is a newly-constituted  group that seeks to bring together scholars across a range of fields who are interested in feminist legal theory. At our inaugural get-together at the Law and Society Association (LSA) meeting this past June, we decided to organize two events for the coming year. The first will be in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the AALS annual meeting in January 2012. The second, and the subject of this call for papers, will take place in Honolulu, Hawaii, in conjunction with the LSA annual meeting, June 5-8, 2012.We hope to…

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Is Law School Admissions Becoming Creepy?

This post was submitted by Russell Schaffer, Senior Communications Manager at Kaplan Test Prep.   According to Kaplan Test Prep’s 2011 surveys of admissions officers at the top law schools, business schools and colleges across the U.S., those responsible for helping to produce tomorrow’s lawyers are by far the most likely to check out their prospective students’ digital trails.  According to Kaplan’s data, 41% of law school admissions officers (BTW: about 75% of the ones we spoke with are female) said they have Googled an applicant to learn more about them, while 37% have checked out an applicant on Facebook…

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Letters from Uganda: Monica Athieno’s Second Semester

Most female law students are at least a little bit daunted by the fact that women are only 17% of equity partners and that women of color are only 3%. While we all know that we will work to change those numbers during our careers, the uphill battle is a bit intimidating. For women in Uganda, the horizon looks even more alarming. There, over 45% of women over 25 years old have no education at all. Enter the Ms.JD Global Education Fund. In the United States, where 99% of women over the age of 25 have had access to some education and…

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Letters from Uganda: Joaninne Nanyange’s Second Semester

Most female law students are at least a little bit daunted by the fact that women are only 17% of equity partners and that women of color are only 3%. While we all know that we will work to change those numbers during our careers, the uphill battle is a bit intimidating.  For women in Uganda, the horizon looks even more alarming. There, over 45% of women over 25 years old have no education at all. Enter the Ms.JD Global Education Fund. In the United States where 99% of women over the age of 25 have had access to some…

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Beyond the Books: Upcoming Opportunities for Law Students - October

The 2012 Sarah Weddington Prize forNew Student Scholarship in Reproductive Right is accepting submissions until March 5, 20121. The ACLU is looking for Spring and Summer legal interns. The Center for Reproductive Rights is looking for a legislative fellow, legal fellow, and legal intern. The National Partnership for Women and Families is hiring a senior policy advocate as well as a number of interns. Tickets are now onsale to network and celebrate at the Women's Law Project's Annual Party.  

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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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