torikeith

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The Best Career Advice I Ever Received: Remove the Golden Handcuffs

I knew pretty quickly that practicing law was not a fit for me.  I tried private practice with a small firm, a large firm, and government, and I tried really, really hard to like being a lawyer.  At each position I had a great salary, incredible benefits, and amazing coworkers and bosses.  Some aspects of the work I liked (writing, arguing motions, travel) but most of it I hated (the antagonism, billable hour, lack of control over my personal life).  At various times along the way, I’d become frustrated and stuck so I took classes and personality tests, scoured job…

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motesart1

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What is the number one piece of career advice you have received?

"Do what you do well, and believe in it."  The statement above was made to me by my father a few years ago.  It was not until recently, I thought about what he said.  Occasionally, I will find his words interrupting my thoughts and there are moments when it sounds easier said than done, but I believe it is a true statement.  My Father's words triggered me to meditate on what is most important to me as well as to focus on a single goal.    I have met numerous attorneys whom are miserable because they do not have a…

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dkwells

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Find a line of work or skill that aligns with who you want to become.

This advice was given to me by a lady that was probably about 30 years my senior. I had so much respect for her that when she gave me this advice it felt as though she had looked into my soul and customize the exact words I needed to hear at that moment.  I was at the beginning of my career and she knew that I was intelligent and ambitious.  She saw that there were others that were not allowing me to do what I was capable of doing and my frustration.  I was told that even though I would…

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annajo

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Twice As Good: Gender And Technical Information In The Courtroom

When Michelle Obama addressed graduates at the historically Black Tuskegee University in 2015, it was no surprise that she offered a variation of the old “twice as good” speech. Passed down by Black parents for generations, the idea is that as a person of color, you need to be twice as good as your white peers to get half as far. While it may seem overly pessimistic to offer such advice to new graduates, the idea holds – and it applies to more than just Black students. For any woman trying to break into a male-dominated field like law, the…

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lawyerwithattitude

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The Best Career Advice is…

Follow your heart. But what does that even mean? Is it just a cliche, or perhaps an unattainable fantasy when confronted with the financial realities of life as a lawyer? Perhaps, but for me it has been the best career advice I have received and has become my personal mantra. I graduated from law school a couple years after the 2008 financial crisis. I was passionate about public service but worked in the private sector because of job scarcity. As an associate in a few different law firms, I counseled clients, engaged in motion practice, and negotiated settlement agreements. I…

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Melissasy

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The Gender Doesn’t Matter: The Best Female Lawyers When It Comes To Divorce

There will come a time when you find that one person whom you think you will be spending the rest of your life with and then you think of getting married. At first, happiness and satisfaction are there but as years pass by, your marriage becomes fragile. There are various reasons for a couple to get a divorce. It can be infidelity which is the usual cause of the collapse of most marriages. Lack of communication and the constant arguing might also be the motives. Getting a divorce is never simple, particularly when it is yours. Some people work better…

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jjembapa

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Failure Turned Inside Out: I Don’t Scare Easy

Name: Joy Harper Professional Title: Vice President Capital Markets Tax Sector: Asset Management Law School: Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State Specialization: International Tax and Taxation of Financial Instruments and Products Trusted Advisor “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” Any Godfather fan knows that Don Vito Corleone was, frighteningly, a man of his word, but it was his trusted advisor who ensured that Corleone escaped legal reprimand for his chilling antics. Joy Harper became enamored with the advisor’s innate ability to problem solve as a means to effectively advocate for his boss Corleone. Mix that along with her…

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alexislamb

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Four Reasons Why Telecommuting Is Better For Women (That Have Nothing To Do With The Mommy Thing)

I’m going to throw out a bold prediction. Working from home is better for women. Especially for women in high-intensity, male-dominated professions, such as law. Here are four reasons why – none of which have anything to do with childcare flexibility. 1.That Hair-and-Makeup Thing.   This morning, I witnessed one of my closest friends (a non-lawyer who works in an executive role at a financial institution in Midtown Manhattan) spend close to an hour on hair and makeup prior to leaving for work. After rising before the sun and disappearing into the bathroom, she sat down next to me on…

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ga2368@columbia.edu

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Ms. JD Pre-Law: “Table of Contents”

Are you a pre-law student or professional? Read this post first! Hello and welcome to Ms. JD Pre-Law! Our goal is to serve as a resource to, and build a supportive community of, pre-law women around the country. Whether you're a college freshman just starting to develop an interest in the legal profession, or if you already know that you're going to law school this Fall—we have something for you! In addition to organizing in-person events, we also regularly post interviews and other articles on the wider Ms. JD blog. The list below serves as a helpful index to many…

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annajo

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Mentality: The Secret to Thriving in the Midst of Chaos

Few industries are more stressful or mentally draining as the legal field. Whether you spend your week in an office or the courtroom, it’s easy to feel as if everything is falling apart around you. Having the right mentality will allow you to thrive in the midst of this chaos. 4 Tips for Taking Control of Your Thoughts One of the things law school doesn’t do an adequate job of preparing future attorneys for is the mental challenge that comes with working in such a fast-paced and brutal environment. While you may have entered your first job with book knowledge,…

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