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Ms. JD Pre-Law Prep Guide On Our Radar: Books, Articles, and Movies You Just Have To Check Out Before Starting Your First Year

Let’s just face the facts...law school is going to be a lot of work!  But the good thing is that through all of those late nights reading, outlining, and writing, you will find time for fun! In the end, we have all of the confidence in the world that you will not only successfully complete law school, but that you will finish it with grace and it will all be worthwhile in the end. Still nervous? Well, before you take up some sort of creative writing course or start reading Atlas Shrugged, take a breath and keep reading.  To help…

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Ms. JD’s Pre-Law Prep Guide: Public Interest Careers & Loan Assistance Repayment Plan Programs: What This Means & Why They Matter

When most students start the application process for law school, the possibility to help those in need seems well within reach. Personal statements, phone calls, and emails are riddled with statements about making a change or making a difference. It appears at first glance that these students are on the fast track to pursue a career in public interest law. Fast forward three years and amazingly, these students begin to sing an incredibly different tune.  Why you ask? Well, it is the fear that develops as graduation nears and the realities of loan repayment dawns on them.  The increase in…

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Ms. JD’s Pre-Law Prep Guide: How to Prepare For Your First Year of Law School

You did it! Congratulations! You are officially going to law school. Now that all the hard decisions of choosing a law school are done, now what?! One of the questions you are probably asking yourself is what should I do this summer?  Here are some tips for all you soon to be law students to put your best foot forward! Avoid the rush This may sound silly at first, but there is no better feeling than being ahead of the game. When you enter into law school, you want to feel prepared and you want your head in the game. …

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Ms. JD’s Pre-Law Prep Guide: Diversity in Law School

Up to this point, we’ve talked about everything law school related under the sun. We’ve walked step by step through what prospective students need to consider before applying all the way to creating a successful application. We’ve also touched on how to select a law school that’s the right fit for you. What we haven’t examined is the importance of diversity and the policy of acceptance at the law school you select.Given the time commitment students make to law school, it is essential to explore the efforts being made by your potential school to promote diversity. This is why it…

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Ms. JD’s Pre-Law Prep Guide: Choosing a Law School That Works Best For You

Decisions, decisions, decisions.  At this point, it is probably safe to assume that you’ve taken our advice and have been accepted to several great law schools. Congratulations! Now comes the fun part--choosing which one to attend! As we’ve discussed before, law school is a BIG decision. Students often hear the following advice when it comes to choosing a law school: 1        Follow the money: Students are being told that given the legal market and the increased expenses of attending law school (i.e. tuition, fees, housing, living expenses) it would be financially irresponsible to attend a law school that isn’t providing…

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Best Friends at the Bar: Pre-law as a New Focus for Best Friends at the Bar

Welcome to all the pre-law audience out there!  You have not been forgotten.Best Friends at the Bar always has been aimed at women in pre-law.  In fact, the first book, Best Friends at the Bar:  What Women Need to Know about a Career in the Law, was specifically written for the pre-law woman and includes a lot of information for young women deciding whether to pursue careers in the law.  Of course, that book also was written for the woman law student and the young woman law firm associate, and the second book, Best Friends at the Bar:  The New…

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Ms. JD’s Pre-Law Prep Guide: What is the LSAT and How Can You Ace It?

Standardized tests. These two words have struck fear in the hearts of more people than we can count. These two little words can, without warning, make your palms sweat, your knees shake, and your heart race. The LSAT is no different which is why today’s post focuses on steps you can take to prepare yourself for the LSAT and avoid some test day jitters. In previous blogs, we explained how prospective law students should attack the law school application process. Today, we show some respect to the exam that gets you into law school.  Given the importance of the LSAT,…

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Ms. JD’s Pre-Law Prep Guide: Applying to Law School: What You’ll Need and How You Should Prepare (Part II)

Editor's Note: Each week, at Ms. JD and Levo League, Ms. JD Board Member Courtney Gabbara and Bridget Sheehan will take you step-by-step through the law school application process. This is the eighth installment. To see the first, click HERE. Today we’ll tackle two of the tougher parts of the law school application process: the personal statement and addendums.  Both can be scary and overwhelming for prospective students and therefore we encourage you to take advantage of additional resources if you have any questions! Personal Statement The personal statement varies from school to school (note: follow this link to a…

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Best Friends at the Bar: It All Begins in Pre-Law

Best Friends at the Bar has added a focus---pre-law programs in colleges and universities.  After all, it is in these undergraduate programs that most students decide whether or not to attend law school.  That decision should be a very informed one, and programs like Best Friends at the Bar can provide the information that the students need to make good choices for their futures.  In fact, the first book, Best Friends at the Bar:  What Women Need to Know about a Career in the Law, was written with pre-law students specifically in mind.The benefit of Best Friends at the Bar…

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Ms. JD’s Pre-Law Prep Guide: Applying to Law School: What You’ll Need and How You Should Prepare (Part I)

Editor's Note: Ms. JD is please to be sharing some of our favorite pre-law posts! Have questions about law school or pursuing a career with a J.D.? Leave a comment below or tweet @msjdtweets & with the hashtag #msjdprelaw and engage with our community! Looking for more pre-law resources, check out Ms. JD's Pre-Law Prep Guide as well as the pre-law section of our blog! Alright, time to get down to the nitty gritty of the law school application! We know up until this point, we have been guiding you on the decision of whether or not to go to law school. Recognizing that you have made this big…

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