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Ruminations of a law school mama

I’m so proud of myself … I earned a place on the Dean’s list! While I don’t like to admit it, this is my first time on the Dean’s list and to be so highly ranked since High School. I have finally remembered how to work and study. Anyway, my academic accomplishment has generated another round of comments from fellow students, calling me crazy for trying to be a law student as a single mama. The most frequent comment though is “I don’t know how you do it, I can barely take care of myself.” Sometimes comparisons are added as…

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Kalokagathia

MILS = Moms in Law School

Saramel over at Reasonable Expectations has teamed up with A Little Fish in Law School and PT-LawMom to rotate a weekly roundup of blog posts by moms in law school (MILS). There are a number of excellent law student mom bloggers out there and this is a cool way to bring them together for your reading pleasure. This week's roundup is at A Little Fish in Law School but you may want to bookmark Reasonable Expectations because Saramel gives you the link to whichever blog is hosting the roundup for the week - and of course the links to previous…

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phyllis

Call for Papers from JD Students - Yale Journal of International Law Young Scholars’ Conference

THE YALE JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW ANNOUNCES ITS SIXTH ANNUAL YOUNG SCHOLARS' CONFERENCECALL FOR PAPERS FROM JD STUDENTSDeadline: December 10, 2007The Yale Journal of International Law (YJIL) is accepting submissionsfor its Young Scholars' Conference, which will take place on March 1,2008. The Conference aims to encourage scholarship in internationallaw among current J.D. students by giving them an opportunity topresent a paper and receive feedback from distinguished professors inthe field. The Conference will include panel presentations of studentscholarship, a roundtable discussion on careers in legal academia, akeynote address, and a closing dinner. Two of the papers presented atthe Conference will be…

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Jessica L. Burke

Growing up into a lawyer

As I edge towards entering the legal profession, I am consistently reminded that I am no longer a child. My high-backed leather chair, my bun knotted hair, and my black suit make me appear to be an adult. This summer I was thrust into the hectic world of legal aid. Unaccustomed to such poverty, anguish, and despair I have alternatively felt grave despair and waves of purpose wash over me. Rather than let the tides carry me away I fold them beneath and practice my professional face.This movement from girlhood to womanhood is slowly progressing. The first day was researching…

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Heather Aquino

My road is my own

We are sitting at the booth in the far right hand corner of the restaurant, our "usual" table we like to call it. It's been nearly seven years since high school yet the four of us still continue to request this table, just as we had when we were sixteen years old. I sit farthest from the wall, slowly sipping a cherry coke, looking at the faces of the women I have grown up with. Looking at my childhood friends. I am the last to arrive after my train was delayed 30 minutes at Penn Station, and by the time…

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Carol Simpson

Generation gap or gender gap? Mother and son enroll in law school together

Being an older woman in entering the legal profession has been an interesting experience. It is difficult to determine if my experiences are more a factor of my gender or my age, but I know that my experiences have been significantly different from those of my son, with whom I am attending the same law school in the same class. Having a background as a professor in another professional school dominated by women, I see considerable differences in how women are treated and welcomed to the profession.The first difference is in how novices are hired and trained. In my previous…

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Roya

Do not forget why you came to law school

Since the first day of law school, my law school professors have conveyed words of wisdom. However, one professor in particular gave me advice that continues to provide me guidance when I am overwhelmed with my studies or unsure as to what direction to take. His advice was simple yet profound: Do not forget why you came to law school. The first month I kept thinking how anyone could forget why they came to law school. I came to law school, because I want to have the ability to use the law to help people. I want to be part…

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jessie

Out of the Frying Pan…

I graduated from law school on Friday. Woohoo! Only not so much, because I spent half of commencement stewing over the less-than-inspiring words of our commencement speaker. About halfway through her speech, our speaker, an extremely accomplished public interest lawyer and mother of two, changed course and addressed her comments to the women in the graduating class. "You can have it all, as long as you are willing to compromise," she encouraged us.I know I have to compromise. But I think I'm going to have to compromise, because I'm an adult, not because I'm a woman. And as far as…

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Susan Cartier Liebel

Law School Learning Leaves Solos in Cold

Connecticut Law Tribune/Law.com - June, 2005 Recently, I met a young female lawyer at an awards dinner. She had been working for a large firm for the past seven years as a litigator. She was ready to start a family, but her employer was not amenable to her cutting back her hours. When I asked what she would do, her response amazed me. "I guess I will have to leave the profession," she said. My jaw dropped. Here was an intelligent, sophisticated, experienced litigator who had graduated at the top of her class from a reputed school and she assumed…

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Mack

Were You At Ms. JD’s National Launch?

Ms. JD had its national launch at Yale Law School’s Legally Female Conference this Saturday, March 31. Were you there? If so, we would love to hear from you. Send us your thoughts, reactions, something that inspired you, or something you took issue with. But have no fear: if you were not at Legally Female, we still want to hear from you. We will be posting videos of the conference, so check out the amazing women who came and shared their stories, advice, and experiences.

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