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We’re seeking a Managing Editor to help us sustain and grow our Writers in Residence program! Ms. JD’s Managing Editor, Writers in Residence Program is a fully remote, part-time, volunteer, and unpaid role within the organization. Position Description:  The Managing Editor will coordinate Ms. JD’s Writers in Residence program, which equips law students and attorneys with the platform and training to publish written work amplifying the voices, faces and concerns of women in the legal profession. The Managing Editor will oversee the writers for the eight-month program, convening all writers monthly for a digital content strategy meeting and a one-hour workshop…

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Virtual Bar Exam Summit (June 5-7)

Ms. JD is proud to serve as a Community Sponsor for this free Virtual Bar Exam Summit hosted by Vinco Prep: Join former Ms. JD Writer-in-Residence and Owner of Vinco Prep, Keriann Stout, in three days of free, virtual programming to examine bar preparation strategies and study tips.  Register here.

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Making the Most Out of Attorney Performance Reviews

Every law firm or legal organization conducts performance reviews, albeit differently.  Some have formal evaluations and many actually offer informal evaluations, but you have to be proactive and ask.  However, I have many lawyer friends who don’t have any such system at their respective organizations or they are really on their own in terms of tracking their performance.  Regardless of your organization’s way of evaluating employees, carving out some time regularly to assess your work performance is definitely a best practice for any lawyer.  Some lawyers find that their own firm’s annual performance review doesn’t help them or fails to…

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The Road Less Traveled: How Your Law School Professors Can Change Your Life

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. William A. Ward As a first-generation law student, entering law school was a daunting and nerve-racking experience. I had no idea what to anticipate, perhaps with exception to the general saying that all law students hear: “your 1L year they scare you to death, your 2L year they work you to death, and your 3L year they bore you to death.” Although this saying is somewhat catchy, it does not prepare you for the realities of the obstacles of law school and the practice…

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Five Bizarre Cases Every Law Student Should Read

Facts. Procedural history. Issue. Rule. Holding. Concurrences or dissents. I used this case brief formula hundreds of times during my three years in law school and I fear is permanently seared into my brain. Most of the cases I briefed have long since escaped my mind, but others …well, others were just so strange that still remember telling my friends and family about them! If you’re a law student looking for cases worthy of sharing on a phone call to family back home, here are five bizarre cases that you must read.     The Ghostbusters Case If there’s something strange in your neighborhood,…

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Q&A with Tsiwen Law, Esq.

Q&A with Tsiwen Law, Esq.: Real Estate Litigator, Civil Rights Advocate, and Adjunct Professor of Race and the Law When I was a law student at Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, I attended several bar association events with the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania.  At the time, I was a recipient of the Judge William M. Marutani Fellowship, a stipend to subsidize law students’ summer work in public interest or government during their IL and 2L summers.  The Judge William M. Marutani Fellowship serves to honor the legacy of Judge Marutani, the first Asian-American judge…

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What The LSAT Should Really Teach You

BE KIND TO YOURSELF The LSAT isn’t an easy test by any means. As you go through the gruesome practice tests and study hours only to receive a non-favorable score, it is crucial that you be kind to yourself and allow space for improvement. Improving your score on the LSAT will take some time. YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC LEARNING STYLE  There is no “one way” to study for the LSAT. Everyone has their own learning style and figuring out how you learn best could help tremendously with improving your study habits that are transferred to you improving your test score.…

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Networking Is So Important As A Pre Law Student

During my prelaw journey, I used LinkedIn daily. As a first-generation law student, there are so many nuances I do not know and connections I do not have, which is why networking is so important. LinkedIn provides quick access to members of the legal community that can help you foster connections throughout your legal career.  Update your LinkedIn.  Make sure your LinkedIn is up to date and reflects who you are and the work you have done. Before adding written content to your profile it is important to pick a good professional headshot as your profile picture. Profiles with good…

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It Takes A Village

Everyone has a unique experience when it comes to their journey through law school. A quick Google search about “what to expect in law school” will give you 919,000,000 results. 919 million different points of view on what to expect, how to survive, or why you shouldn’t go. There are so many paths to finding success in law school…this is mine. I was one of those people who graduated from undergrad and was completely burned out. If I never looked at another educational book, it would be too soon. I was over it. My parents made it clear that I…

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Five Reasons to Study Abroad in Law School

To paraphrase Charles Hamilton Houston, “lawyers are either social engineers or social pariahs.”  Like many former educators turned lawyers, I decided to go to law school because I knew that my calling was to advance some sort of social change, especially within public education.  Change can only happen by promoting cultural competency in professions, in the legal system, and as a result, I believe that it can transform the trajectory of society and communities.   I am a daughter of a Filipina mother and an Ecuadorian father.  Both my parents immigrated to the United States in the late 70s from different…

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