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The First Decent Argument I’ve Heard for Why (1L) Grades Should Matter As Much As They Do

Editors Note: Ms. JD is pleased to be sharing some of our favorite posts about success in law school as part of our commitment to helping you start the school year off right.  If you're enjoying these tips, sign up for Ms. JD's National Women Law Students Organization by clicking here.  You'll get Ms. JD's top blog posts delivered to your inbox every Friday, special notification about Ms. JD events in your area, and a once-monthly newsletter designed specifically for law students all for free! To learn more about NWLSO, click here.I've always been skeptical of the emphasis placed on…

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KHernan881

Bar Exam Tips

This is the time of year when people, some annonymous, some not, start posting their advice for studying for the July bar exam on various web sites such as Ms. JD. I still read a number of these websites -- the same ones that I read when I was in law school. It is my recent reading of some of that advice that has prompted this post. I will try to address a few common threads that I see handed out as internet advice, each of which I have affectionately called "myths" below. Obviously, this is also just one person's…

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jessie

Who goes to Law School? Why?

For many years, the number of female law school applicants was on the rise. In the last five years that number has plateaued. Then at last week's Summit in Austin two second tier law school deans mentioned that they received too few female applicants this year to maintain previous gender . This is not a pipeline problem: the majority of college graduates in the last few years have been women. There was speculation that declining applications reflect women's increased interest in business and medicine rather than some problem women have with the legal profession. Periodically, Kaplan surveys its LSAT-prep clientele.…

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Anonymous

‘Diverse’ Analyzes Female Leadership in America’s Leading Law Schools

Diverse, a forum dealing with issues in higher education across America, has released an article dealing with female leadership in law schools.  According to Diverse, as of the 2006-2007 academic year, "47 out of the 200 American Bar Association-approved U.S. law schools were being led by women," as reported by the ABA. As part of their study, Diverse also interviewed some of those women law school deans.  To read those interviews, click here.

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stressedbeyondbelief

It’s easier because of those who’ve gone before me

Here I am, five weeks away from exams and the end of my 1L year. I’m having trouble getting motivated to do all of the work I know I should be doing. I’m behind on my outlines, and I haven’t done enough studying to prepare for the exams that will be here before I know it. I’m not a slacker, but it’s hard to find the energy to do much more than get my reading done for class at this point. Working full time and going to class part time can be draining. Sometimes it helps to put it all…

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AndreaKWelker

Ask a Mom in Law School: Balancing Schedules, and Interviewing

Cross-posted at (Formerly) Knocked Up (and in Law School): Spring Break has come to an end!  I'm now seven weeks away from completing my JD, and I have a rambunctious toddler who will be reeking havoc at graduation.  Life is good.  So, I've been asked to impart more wisdom concerning being both a parent and a law student.  Readers have asked both about balancing schedules while in law school as well as when to talk about your kids. 1.) Do you have any tips for balancing law school and family life? How do you schedule your day? Like a true…

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stressedbeyondbelief

Family vs. Law School

OK, I have to somehow vent this stress I've been carrying around for the last several weeks. I work full time and go to law school at night. The stress of law school is enough by itself, but with family pressure, I'm feeling a little crushed. My husband is going to be away for a few hours this weekend. I reminded him that I have a Legal Writing assignment due next week, and I got a dirty look. It's the same attitude I got when I came home last night, said hello to everyone, and started reading. I figured I…

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Janet

Single Mother Perseveres to Earn Law Degree

The Witchta Eagle rencently ran an inspriring story about a single mother who overcame adversity to become the eighth African-American member of the Wichita Bar Association. Latina Alston is not yet 30. She has three children out of wedlock with three fathers, two of whom have not helped much with the kids. She raised the children in poverty all their lives. That's about to change. Latina's story goes beyond absent fathers, food stamps and welfare checks. Overcoming poverty, stress, guilt, heath concerns, and potty training, Latina passed the bar in 2008. In the 19 months since she returned to Wichita,…

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Anonymous

Equal Justice Works on Student Debt

Ed. Note: The following post will be of interest to Ms. JD readers entering law school, attending law school, or those readers already working. Whether a student, an attorney at a private firm, or an attorney working for government or a public interest organization, the following links provide information to those readers about planning for student loan debt and the pay-back process. Several recent posts on Equal Justice Works discussing student loan debt caught my eye: Equal Justice Works and American University’s Washington College of Law have teamed up to launch an all-new podcast: The Student Debt Relief Series. The…

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Ms. JD

Will BigLaw Embrace Grade-Less, High-Pedigree JDs?

Ed. note: The following article comes to Ms. JD courtesy of author Michael Estrin and bitterlawyer.com. They interviewed a number of hiring partners at major U.S. law firms, who expressed concern about decisions by Harvard and Stanford law schools to switch to a pass/fail system. This article might be of interest to many Ms. JD readers, especially given past issues and discussions concerning the compatibility between current law school learning frameworks and female law students. Class rank is everything. It separates the future scholars from the posers; the potential Big Firm Partners from the 9-to-5 government slackers. If there were…

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