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First Generation Success Story: My First Legal Job and Opportunities

    Getting into law school and making it through the school year is one side of the life of a law student. However, the legal journey does not end when the casebook closes and summer begins. Instead, you take on legal jobs, opportunities, and attend events to support your legal education. If you are like me, I have taken on way too much and am constantly bobbing in and out different meetings, jobs, and activities.       In law school, your down time is dedicated to studying, living, and breathing the law. Typically, during the summer, law students…

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First Generation Success Story: 2L Year- One of the Craziest Years of My Life

I had made it through my first year of this crazy thing called law school. Honestly, after the close of my 1L year, I was absolutely exhausted. Although I was looking forward to working full time during the summer at a law firm, I was also ready for a break. Summer came and left in what felt like a day. I worked hard, learned a lot, and gained so much valuable experience. Armed with new knowledge and confidence, I was ready for my 2L year. Little did I know how crazy my 2L year was going be. Busy does not…

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First Generation Success Story: 1L Year

I had made it through orientation and started law school. I was crazy nervous and excited for my 1L year. I knew that I would be faced with new challenges, new adventures, and I would get to learn about the thing I loved the most, the law. The first year of law school is lovingly referred to as the “scared to death” year of law school. And don’t get me wrong, I was shaking in my boots. Will I be successful? Will I understand what I am learning? What if I hate it? Can I survive? These are questions that…

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First Generation Success Story: Orientation and Starting Law School

         My anxiety was relieved and I was accepted into law school. I decided on Wayne State University, sent in my acceptance paperwork and anxiously began waiting for school to begin. To be honest, I was not exactly sure what to expect from orientation or what law school was going to be like. Law school was different than anything I had encountered before. I feel like Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, ready for law school but what if I get called on in class and I do not have the answers? Looking back on it, I know…

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First Generation Success Story: The Costs of Law School

I had decided on which schools to apply to but actually had to go through the application and deciding on what school I should actually go to. I decided to apply to Michigan State University, Wayne State University, Washington University in St. Louis, and a few other schools. In order to apply for law school, there are several things you need to do. You have to take and pass the LSAT, fill out extensive applications, write personal statements, update your resume and other documents, and pay so many fees. As a first generation law student, no one really told me…

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First Generation Success Story: Choosing Law Schools, Where Should I Apply?

I had finally received my LSAT score and was ready to begin the application process. However, I couldn’t just apply to all of the law schools in the country. Applying to law school actually takes a lot of time and money. Personally, I had limited funds (since I was paying for it myself and a fresh college graduate) and was working full time (so had very limited time). Thus, I knew that my next step was figuring out where to go to law school or where to apply to at least. Since  I was going to be studying at a…

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First Generation Success Story: What Is This “LSAT” Thing?

So I made the tough decision to go to law school which was half the battle. In order to get into a school I just need to fill out an application and hope for the best, right? As a first generation student, I had no clue what I needed to do in order to get into law school. Obviously, I knew I needed to finish my bachelor’s degree and get good grades, but I had no idea what else was involved. Unfortunately, I did not have anyone to turn to ask these pressing questions. What was a young law school…

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First Generation Success Story: Deciding to go to and Preparing For Law School

One of the hardest decisions in my life was also one of my easiest: deciding to go to law school. I know, this seems paradoxical but it is the reality that I faced and lived through. This decision was easy because, as I talked about in last month’s edition, I have always wanted to go to law school. I wanted to pursue my dreams and initiate positive change in the world by becoming a lawyer. However, it still was a difficult decision for me. Should I go? Will I be successful? Can I afford it? These were the questions that…

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My First Generation Success Story: Prologue to My Story

         Imagine a classroom of eight-year-old, third grade students on a typical day of school. Most of the children are laughing with one another, day-dreaming or even playing during the lesson. One child seems unlike the others. This young girl appears to be focusing on the material being presented. She seems to understand the lesson and actively participates in the lecture. It also appears that this child gives off a serious, academic atmosphere. This young lady happens to be myself.          I am just your average 23-year-old gal: I have a loving family, friends,…

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Ms. JD Writers in Residence Program

When I think of all of the advice I have received over the years, there are several tips that resonate in my mind. However, the most important piece of advice would not be considered advice at all. Instead, it was discouragement that ended up being my greatest flame of passion. I had always been relatively successful when it came to school and prided myself at my intellectual achievements. I knew from a very young age that I needed to go to college and I knew I wanted to become a lawyer in the 6th grade. Thus, every step I took…

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