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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 tiny.cc/msjdprelawepisode1. 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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#Ms.Cyberlaw: What is Cyberlaw?

Happy 2018, Ms. JD! I would like to start this beautiful blank page with a heartfelt sentiment of gratitude. Last year was a difficult one (Why? Well, because law school.), but one lifelong lesson I gained was how important perspective is. In the midst of all the interviewing anxiety and scheduling and inner monologues that went something like “I am so not cut out for this cutthroat competition,” for example, an interviewer over the summer asked me about my time with Ms. JD. My worries suddenly vanished from the room, and I was reminded of what mattered to me, why…

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How to Keep Your Sanity When Writing Legal Research Papers

Research papers are par for the course in law school. But it's easy to lose your sanity and get burnt out in the process. Use these five tips to help you stay on track and finish your paper on time. 1. Choose a Topic You're Passionate About When writing your paper, choose a topic that you're passionate about. When you care about the topic, you'll find it much easier to immerse yourself in the writing process and stay focused on the task at hand. That passion will also come through in your writing and make it more engaging. Exploring a…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Last month I started the column by asking a question to get your tips to help others. That worked well, so I am doing it again: Send me your thoughts on “how to take a hint.” Just send an e-mail, tweet to @babysharklaw, or post a comment here. Easy! The responses should be interesting, and I will share them in a future column. Q: Our new billable year starts January 1. What is your advice for getting off to a good start? A: The start of a new year is a good time to reflect on your career (and other…

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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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Changing Course: 3 Transferable Skills You Learn From Law

Few like to admit it, but sometimes law school doesn’t lead to a career in law – at least not in the typical sense. Rather, even for those who begin their careers at a law firm, sexism, long hours, and associate-level grunt work can lead to reconsideration. In fact, people leave the legal field in such high numbers that there’s a whole auxiliary field committed to helping lawyers change jobs. Luckily, as a lawyer, or at least as someone with a law degree, you have a lot of “transferable skills.” Using What You Know Transferable skills are exactly what they…

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App Happy: Add an Addendum

Okay, so you feel like you got you got a good handle on your other materials. Your personal statement is flowing, you’ve got your transcripts in order (including your final grades), and you have a solid list of schools to apply to. In the attachments section of your applications, you notice a space for an “addendum.” For those unfamiliar, an addendum is an additional, supplementary statement used to provide further context and information on an otherwise unknown or unclear component of your application. Some schools require addenda (the plural of addendum) for various reasons. If you, for instance, answered yes…

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6 Tips to Improve Your Legal Resume

We've all been there before: You apply for dozens of jobs, but you don't get a single call for an interview. It may not be you. It may be your resume. You may have excellent credentials and a good amount of experience, but if your resume is poorly written, it will be overlooked by hiring managers and recruiters. Use these six tips to improve your legal resume. 1. Tailor Your Resume to the Position Taking a "one size fits all" approach to your resume may be keeping you from getting hired. Hiring managers and recruiters want to see that your…

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Rethinking Law School Leadership: Beyond The Law Review, Clerkship Path

Law school is all about opportunities – taking engaging courses, networking with peers and professors, and finding opportunities to prove your leadership potential so that by the time you’re ready to apply for jobs, you’ve got a proven record. The problem: discrimination doesn’t stop at the law school doors. Bias is so prevalent in law school environments that in 2013, the Harvard Law Review began factoring in gender when selecting editors for the next board. The prior year, only 9 of 44 editors were women. Four years later, the majority of the board was women for the first time in…

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Join the Conversation:  This is Sexism

There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says ‘Morning, boys.  How’s the water?’  And the two young fish swim for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over a the other and goes ‘What the hell is water?’ – David Foster Wallace, Kenyon Commencement Address, 2005 (later published as This is Water) Where is the line between what we should and shouldn’t ask of the female members of our bar?  What responsibilities do and don’t people in positions of power…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

To start this column, help me help you: Send me the tips you use to make sure you track all of your time. Just send an e-mail here, tweet to @babysharklaw, or post a comment here. Easy! I will compile a roundup for a future column. I thank you, and your fellow lawyers thank you! Q: I hear the advice all the time that associates should not make the same mistake twice. But no one makes mistakes on purpose. Do you have any suggestions to make sure mistakes don’t happen again? A: I do. But remember that mistakes don’t just…

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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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Looking Back at 2017 at Best Friends at the Bar

The Best Friends at the Bar year is about to come to a close.  Yes, I know that the entire month of December lies ahead before the Big Ball drops in Times Square and that you still have time for holiday shopping, holiday cards, holiday decorations, attending parties, giving parties, baking and cooking ... and the list goes on.  Do not panic, you have plenty of time to accomplish all this and more.  You are young and energetic and incredibly resourceful.  I have complete faith in you. I, on the other hand, have the luxury of taking the month of December off…

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Finding the Line: A Crash Course in Law School Boundaries

Reflecting on my law school years always fills me with a solid mixture of nostalgia and terror. I am one of those weirdos who really loved law school, but that “ish” was hard, particularly the first year. Everything was brand new, and I, like many others, went through a lot of personal growth. This required redefining and resetting my own boundaries with the people who were in my life before law school as well as learning to navigate new boundaries with my law school peers, professors, and administrators. This was a challenging balancing act, which I handled more gracefully at…

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5 Step Financial Checklist for New Lawyers

It’s the season of first-year associates and newly minted lawyers starting their legal careers. I hope that you’ve successfully passed the bar, moved to the new city and are now beginning to find your way around the office. Beginning your first job summons plenty of emotions and there’s no lack of things to do. Here’s a financial checklist to help make sure you start your career on the right path. 1. Don’t grow into your income. No matter whether you’ve started in Biglaw or are working for the government, your starting salary is likely larger than anything you’ve earned previously.…

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