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#MsJDPreLaw Mentoring Hangout (Episode 1) - 12pm ET, Saturday, January 6, 2017

The Ms. JD Pre-Law Program is excited to launch the #MsJDPreLaw Mentoring Hangouts, a series of conversations between attorneys and pre-law students! Our first episode, on "building your brand and network as a pre-law student," will be streamed live at 12pm ET on Saturday, January 6, 2017, at Guest speakers are: Katie Larkin-Wong - litigation associate at Latham & Watkins, Commissioner at the ABA's Commission on Women in the Profession, and former President of Ms. JD Nikki Datta - Class of 2019 undergraduate at Columbia University, President of the Columbia University Women in Law and Politics, and 2017 Writer-in-Residence…

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#MsJDPreLaw at the NYC Bar’s LSAT/Law School Prep Series

Ms. JD was thrilled to co-sponsor the New York City Bar Association - Diversity and Inclusion Committee's LSAT/Law School Prep Series, held on January 5, 2018. In addition to a Law School Fair with representatives from schools around the country and workshops on the LSAT and personal statements, the event also featured two panels on "What to Expect & How to Succeed in Your 1L Year" and "How to Select & Apply to the Right Law School." #MsJDPreLaw spoke with a few of the law school admissions professionals at the fair and asked them: "What's one thing you'd like our pre-law readers to know about your school?"…

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NYC Bar “LSAT/Law School Prep Series” (Jan 4-5, 2018)

The City Bar’s LSAT/Law School Prep Series is a two-day seminar covering admissions, financing, and transitioning with regard to law school, with panels, sample LSAT prep classes, and a networking fair designed for undergraduates and recent graduates considering applying to law school. Students will have the chance to hear from and meet representatives from Harvard, Cornell, UC Berkeley, PowerScore, Princeton Review, and many more! When? January 4 & 5, 2018, 3:30-7:45pm Where? NYC Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street, New York, NY How? Register here: A full agenda is available here   Considering law school?   There's still time to register for the NYC Bar…

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Ms. Pre-JD: Learning the Value of Authenticity in 2017

After reading the application requirements for the 2018 Writers-in-Residence program, I was reminded of career advice I received this past Summer that permanently changed my path: “You have to be really good at what you do and you have to look for opportunities to expand what you do.” A simple answer from Esta Stecher, in response to someone asking the million-dollar question: “How can we become as successful as you have been? Any tips?” The answer was so simple that you could hear the eye-rolls from people around me, as they remarked on how obvious the advice was. For me,…

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Failure Turned Inside Out: Asking for a Friend

Sometimes the desire to help others is not enough. Before ending this column, I thought it was important to share my own story with my readers. It was a bit odd being the interviewee, but I pushed myself to answer some of the same questions I have been asking other women during this past year so this journey with you all could come full circle. For me, becoming a lawyer has always been a means to an end. I knew very early on that it would be the first step to evolving into a diplomat or politician championing the civil…

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Teaching the Importance of Diversity

Ms. Shay Lawson is an intellectual property attorney who owns and operates Advocate Law Group in Atlanta, Georgia that boasts such clients as former White House Chef, Marvin Woods, and TRAP Karaoke. But, even with the busy schedule of operating her own firm, Ms. Lawson finds time to use her nearly ten years of experience consulting with law firms and other businesses seeking to improve their organization’s commitment and fulfillment to diversity and inclusion. How did you get involved in “Diversity Consulting?” I started in consulting with a company called Intern Bridge after participating as a speaker and workshop facilitator in…

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Failure Turned Inside Out: Risk It All- The Anita Hill Story & Workplace Sexual Harassment

This kind of behavior is what makes it extremely difficult to speak out against workplace harassment and assault. To date, more than sixty women in the film and production industry have accused acclaimed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault. At least two of these accusations have resulted in law enforcement officials and prosecutors opening criminal investigations that may lead to his indictment on rape and sexual assault charges. And while many may be interested in the salacious downfall of Weinstein for their own diabolical interests, there are those of us who appreciate the important conversations that have…

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Your true self is your best self

Oddly enough, I was talking to a female prosecutor recently about how to balance being feminine and being taken seriously in the court room.  Sometimes it is a struggle to balance the two because often I feel as I’m being too caring or worrying about my hair or wondering if the opposing attorney is looking at me as rude or too harsh.  She told me to never be anyone I was not.  I mean how simple is that?  It seems like that is something that is so obvious, but a lot of times I feel like I try to put…

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Want Career Advice? Look Within First

Most likely, we are all familiar with Robert Frost’s famous opening stanza:             “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,             And sorry I could not travel both             And be one traveler, long I stood             And looked down one as far as I could             To where it bent in the undergrowth.” And most likely, we have been confronted by analysis paralysis at one point or another in our lives. It oftentimes casts a shadow on the plethora of career advice received from various sources – fellow students, professors, seasoned attorneys, mentors who…

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Ms. JD’s Inaugural NWLSO Leadership Academy

On September 22-23rd, I traveled across the country to attend the Ms. JD's Inaugural NWLSO Leadership Academy: from Las Vegas, NV to Cambridge, MA. A little over two weeks later and I am still feeling the excitement and inspiration I garnered from being in a room full of incredible women in leadership roles at their respective law schools. A little over two weeks later and I have implemented ideas and suggestions given to me from speakers, and other attendees in my own law school. A little over two weeks later and I see the attendee's on Facebook cheering each other on…

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