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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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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: 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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Alice Shih

Yale Law Study on Gender: Recommendations

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. The study examined in-class and out-of-class dynamics, professors’ perspectives, and students’ perspectives. These findings beg the question, now what? The study is conscientious in recognizing that the disparity must be addressed holistically since neither students, professors, nor the law school administration is completely responsible for the disparity, nor does any one of these groups completely bear the burden of achieving a more equal representation among women and men. Therefore, the…

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Alice Shih

Yale Law Study on Gender: Student Perspective

 This is the fourth post in a series about Yale Law Women’s study, Yale Law School Faculty & Students Speak Up About Gender: Ten Years Later. This post focuses on the results of a 43 question web-based survey regarding gender dynamics at the law school. All current law students at Yale were invited to participate. The survey contained two types of questions. The first type asked students to quantify aspects of their law school experience on a numerical scale. The second type was open-ended, inviting students to use narrative responses to describe their experiences and impressions of gender patterns in…

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New Resources in the Ms. JD Library

Have you checked out Ms. JD's Library? Did you know that Ms. JD's Library is the most comprehensive collection of resources on women in the law? Currently, the Library includes more than 500 resource abstracts for books, articles, reports, and best practice recommendations on topics ranging from work/life balance and retention issues to stereotyping and gender bias in evaluation and compensation systems.Some new additions to the Library include:Some Strategies to Teach Reluctant Talkers to Talk About Law by Sarah E. RicksThe Language of Performance Evaluations: Gender-Based Shifts in Content and Consistency of Judgment by Monica Biernat, M. J. Tocci, and…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: Young Aspiring Lawyers Meet and Learn about Careers in the Law

This week I am busy working on a presentation for young women college student leaders from across the country.  The National Conference for College Women Student Leaders is  being held this week at the the University of Maryland in College Park.  This conference is a great opportunity for young women to gain information and background on a variety of career options and to have one-on-one discussions with women in those fields and ask important questions about careers of interest to them.It will be my pleasure to speak to these young women.  Most of my speaking events are at law schools,…

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