Courtney Gabbara

Worth the Wait: Navigating the Law School Waitlist Process

No one has ever said that the law school admissions process was fun. What can make it even worse is finding out one or several of your top law school choices have decided to place you on the waitlist. For many students, placing on the waitlist can be difficult to navigate.  I mean, being put on the waitlist means that they don’t like you, right? WRONG As a law school admissions representative, I guide students through this process on a regular basis. To them, it’s as cold as being outright rejected, but as confusing as an advanced physics problem. Rest…

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Courtney Gabbara

What Stronger Together Means to Ms. JD Board Member Courtney Gabbara

Ms. JD is hosting its Seventh Annual Conference on Women in the Law: Stronger Together on March 5 & 6, 2015 at UC Hastings College of the Law. In the lead up to our annual conference, Ms. JD board members, staff, and annual conference participants will share what our conference theme “Stronger Together” means to them. To me, stronger together means . . .recognizing that there is still a lot of ground to cover for women in the legal profession, but that collectively, we can continue to excel by being each other’s champions! I’m a member of the following professional organizations,…

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Courtney Gabbara

Ms. JD Pre-Law: Top 10 Tips To Success At Any Law School Fair

Reflecting back on my pre-law school days, I remember the amount of leg work that goes into researching law schools. Besides basic web browsing, I worked hard to talk to attorneys and gain hands on experience that would help shed some light on how to make myself a competitive applicant.  This is when I learned about law school fairs—an organized event where I could actually interact face to face with the decision makers to my law school fate! As a poor undergraduate student, I cannot emphasize enough how important of an opportunity this was for me. Now, as an admissions…

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Courtney Gabbara

Ms. JD Pre-Law: Controlling Your Financial Future

It is said time and time again--student loan debt is an investment into your future that cannot be taken away from you. This is true, but it still doesn’t make it any easier to digest at the end of your three years when you “get the bill.” With information right at applicants’ fingertips, it’s no secret that law school is a huge time, emotional, and financial commitment. This is why the decision to attend law school is not one that should be taken lightly. Today, more than ever, law school applicants must take on the role of savvy consumer. But…

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Courtney Gabbara

It Only Takes A Spark

It only takes a spark to motivate someone to create change in the world. That is exactly what it took for Celina Cabán to take a leap of faith and make her dream a reality. To date, I have had the pleasure of being a member of the Ms. JD Board of Directors for three years. During this time, I have had the good fortunate of meeting some incredible men and women who inspire me with their achievements and motivation to make a difference. It is their fearless attitudes and strong work ethics that make me want to shoot for…

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