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Join Ms. JD’s Global Education Fund Program!

Interested in women’s issues, international development, fundraising and education?  If yes, consider supporting us as our next part-time, unpaid, Global Education Fund program volunteer!  Ms. JD created the Global Education Fund (“GEF”) to enable women in developing countries who otherwise would not have access to further education pursue a legal education.  Each year, GEF has made it possible for two Ugandan women in each class year to pursue their dreams of becoming lawyers by attending the law program at Makerere University in Uganda. The part-time and unpaid Global Education Fund program volunteer will be responsible for: Helping to lead outreach and program development…

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Jannet M.

The Barred Life: A Series of Indefinite Length - Part I

PART I A Personal Thing, but a Family Affair I’m a December graduate of Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles and took the February 2018 California Bar Exam. The month is May but I've been an emotional wreck since February. I write this post sitting two days away from knowing my fate and an alien feeling has come over me - my emotional wreckage is finally settling. The closer I’ve gotten to the result date, the more I let go of my anxiety, fear, numbness, and desire to control. This is a major breakthrough I'm profoundly proud of because I've…

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IVfMo4o7Iu

Career Directions Outside of Being a Lawyer for Lawyers

Becoming a lawyer is a professional dream that many people share. Many people want to become a lawyer due to the allure of the job as well as the potential for high compensation. While many people do end up having very long and successful careers as a lawyer, there are some situations in which someone may decide that they no longer want to pursue that career. If you are a lawyer and would like to switch into a different career path, there are a variety of different types of jobs that are great fits for people with a legal background.…

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shantibrien

LSAT Prep Has Staggering Costs for Certain Students

Recently a young Native American woman and aspiring lawyer asked me if I knew any free or low cost LSAT prep courses.  I had previously tried to dissuade her from law school--just as my grandfather had given me 29 Reasons Not to Go to Law School before I enrolled--but alas, she, like I, was determined.  I didn’t know much about LSAT prep but soon felt the shock of the $1300 price tag.  Soon thereafter, the $1300 grew much more significant when I realized the enormous negative impact of high-cost prep courses, especially on low-income people and people of color, but…

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kerriannstout

Sponsor Spotlight: Legal Kid and The Little Lawyers

This Friday, June 15, 2018, Ms. JD is hosting its “Ready to Rise” one-day academy in law and leadership for middle school girls (grades 6-8). This academy is designed to introduce young girls to the legal profession and allow them see themselves as future members of it. Ms. JD wouldn’t be able to hold important events like this without the help of our wonderful and generous sponsors. Today, we are so excited to showcase one of our #WeSupport sponsors: Legal Kid. In the summer of 2016, Legal Kid, Inc. began as a conversation among a group of strong and skillful…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Retaining Valuable Associate Lawyers—- But for How Long and Why?

For those of you who care about what is going on in Big Law, here is a new development worth checking out --- and with critical eyes. Weil Gotshal & Manges announced last week that the firm "hopes to improve associate retention by cutting the wait for partnership" from 9 1/2 years to 7 1/2 years.  Sounds good, right?  Still a long time to wait for partnership, but better by two years.  The firm also stated that "substantially all" of the 7 1/2 year associates will be promoted to partner or counsel. That takes a little more explaining.   New partners…

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AmyImpellizzeri95

Clearing Two Big Hurdles

When I visit Bar Conferences and Lawyers in Transition Committees around the country, I often hear the same two hurdles identified by potentially transitioning lawyers. How will I know who I am if I’m not a lawyer? (a/k/a the Identity Hurdle) How will I be able to afford NOT being a lawyer? (a/k/a the Financial Hurdle) I never dismiss either the Identity Hurdle or the Financial Hurdle. I acknowledge that both are real. But I’ve found that they are sort of tied up in each other and both are definitely surmountable. So, let’s be impolite. Let’s talk about money. Interestingly…

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nadiaenn

From Paralegal to Associate:  How to Handle Stress During the First Year as an Associate

It is no secret that the schedule of an attorney is a hectic one.  Balancing a personal life with the pressure of billable hour is a tricky job.  The typical day of an attorney starts around 8:30 am and rarely ends until 7:30 pm.  Add to this the commute to and from home.  And with the new technology, are you truly ever disconnected from work?  All of these contribute to higher than normal stress level in the legal profession.  The first year of a new associate is even more difficult, as there is the continuous pressure to adjust to the…

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brittjd

Selfie with no Filter: the 1L Life - Academic Advice

Whew. It's over! Finals ended over two weeks ago and I still have days when I'm still not sure that I completely feel it yet. Sometimes I think I do, then (like the other day) I'm driving to meet friends for lunch, see someone with a backpack crossing the street, and automatically think "sh*t I've gotta get back to studying!" Though the feeling is still sinking in, I've received grades and gotten a chance to reflect on what I would do differently. Since I can't go back, my hope is to shed some light for future students. I did a good bit…

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Delania

Drive Your Journey: Facebook as a Pathway to Increasing Your Brand Presence

A recent Pew Research Center study shows that the majority of U.S. adults are on present on Facebook, and three-quarters of those adults visit Facebook every day. This makes Facebook a great online platform for building a brand. So, what should you do to maximize your use of Facebook? Below are several suggestions: Create a page. If you are familiar with Facebook, you are likely aware that there is a difference between a profile, which is where you allow people to be added as “friends”, and a profile, which people follow by “liking” the page. Pages are not just reserved…

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