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Appealing Sentences: Dear 1L Me

With only a few days left of the semester, I asked women on campus to share what they would tell their 1L self. Law school may be the most difficult thing you will do in your life thus far. But it is worth it, and it can be done. You can do everything you want to do, just be prepared to have coffee be your most important food group. Surround yourself with good people, and be involved in the campus community. Don’t give up the things you love. Everyone is just as scared, confused, and stressed as you, but keep…

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Appealing Sentences: Unhappy with Law School Culture? Be the change.

While studying, I saw someone thumbing through my school’s brochure. Admitted Students Weekend must be upon us, I thought. I approached her and asked if she had any questions. After speaking with her for an hour, she said, “The message boards seem to be wrong in that the students are all out for themselves.” My law school has a reputation for cutthroat competition. In fact, a common joke is that our mascot is a shark. I didn’t realize how far this reputation reached, until I did pro bono work in San Diego. The supervising attorney said she was glad I…

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Appealing Sentences: Mentorship From the Perspective of Mentor and Mentee

This month I had a conversation with my mentor, Jamie Quient, a fourth year associate at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves, and Savitch, LLP. Jamie has been an incredible resource, and I am eternally grateful for the support, guidance, and time she has dedicated to my success. We discussed what works and what does not work in mentorship relationships, from the perspective of both mentor and mentee. Mentorship Does Not Have to Be a Long Term Relationship Mentorship comes in all shapes and sizes. However, formal mentorship programs should not be the only means for finding a mentor. Jamie suggests using networking to…

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Appealing Sentences: Stop Making Disparaging Comments About Yourself (Or People Will Believe You)

I was recently at a networking event for the members of Ms. JD’s Chapter at UC Hastings.  A female litigator asked if I was on the board of our chapter, and I said no.  My friend Jessica looked at me in astonishment and said, yes you are!  I scrambled to clarify our differing answers – although I am technically on the board as a 1L representative, I am not on the executive board.  The attorney looked at me strangely and I thought, why did I just say that? I catch my girlfriends in law school doing it as well –…

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Appealing Sentences: How a 555 Mile Trek Prepared Me For Law School

Before I began law school, I completed the Camino de Santiago, a 555 mile pilgrimage from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France to Finisterre, Spain. The journey was the greatest experience of my life. Some of my takeaways are below. Learn to Enjoy Time Alone During the Camino, I spent as much as ten hours a day hiking by myself. In the beginning, it felt uncomfortable. But as the hours of hiking turned into days and then weeks, I got to know myself better. I learned that I like myself. It was interesting what came to the forefront of my mind. Things that I…

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