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Ms. JD Honors - Submit Your Nominations!

Ms. JD is proud to continue honoring exceptional women and men making contributions to the advancement of women in the legal profession through Ms. JD Honors. The Ms. JD Honors Reception will take place in connection with Ms. JD’s next annual conference at the University of Miami School of Law on March 9, 2018. The Ms. JD Honors awards will celebrate those who demonstrate passion for their careers and share that passion with other men and women. Nominations are due by Wednesday, October 4, 2017.  Below is a description of the awards and instructions for submitting nominations.     Woman of Inspiration…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Q: If I am going to miss a deadline, does it help to tell the attorney who assigned the work the reason that I can’t make the deadline? A: Usually, no. Think of it this way: If you go to a restaurant and your food takes an eternity to arrive, are you less hungry because the “kitchen was backed-up”? Are you less annoyed? Probably not. You just decide the restaurant is mismanaged. There are some times that providing an explanation will soften the blow. For example, if you are working around the clock on a high-profile matter, you may get…

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Susan Smith Blakely

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Women Lawyers Need Balance

Every year at this time, I put Best Friends at the Bar on hold to spend time with family and friends.  It is a month-long hiatus that I know is enviable but that I feel entitled to after all these years.  And I LOVE it.  I will be at the Massachusetts shore with friends and at the Maine shore with family, and I can't wait for the games to begin! It is not that my work is over or that my desk is clear. That is not the case at all.  I am completing the manuscript for a new book, on deadline…

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Barriers To Women Taking The Bar Exam

The bar exam is a rite of passage and major source of stress for all new lawyers, but for women in the profession, there are unique challenges. When coupled with the standard challenges that exist for both genders, it’s clear that women face an uphill battle when it comes to passing the exam and pursuing long, successful careers in the Field. Challenges Women Face The bar exam is something that law students dread from the moment they enroll in law school until the second they receive confirmation of a passing score. And it doesn’t matter who you are, there are serious…

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Sneak Peek of The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert, 3rd Ed.

Law school applications are just around the corner (some law schools begin accepting applications on September 1!) In order to prepare, you may want to check out The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert, 3rd Ed. by Ann Levine, a law school admissions consultant, founder of Law School Expert, and author of the book. I had the pleasure of interviewing Ann in the past and have read both of her previous books. They provide thorough answers to many law school application questions and include helpful sample essays in an easy-to-read format.   Topics in the book include GPA and…

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You’ll Move Mountains, Kid: By Mastering Minutes as a Mommy!

When I began law school as a single mother of two small children, I did not fully appreciate how much hard work it was going to take to be both a successful law student and a good mother at the same time.  It has been extremely hard.  At times, I have been very overwhelmed, stretched far too thin, and daydreamed about how nice it would be to have a personal assistant, babysitter and secretary at my disposal.  Since law school consumes a lot of brainpower and time on an everyday basis, it’s important to learn how to master your minutes…

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#MsJDPreLaw: “What type of law are you interested in?”

Although we (obviously) haven't gone to law school yet, people LOVE asking pre-law students this question.  A few years ago, my pre-law self would have smiled politely and shrugged in response. ("I think I like law......??") It took me a lot of research and introspection to come to my (current) answer, which is: "I'm generally interested in corporate transactional work. I find Funds very interesting, although at some point I also want to explore deal/M&A work." So what can a pre-law student do to come to a more concrete answer about his/her legal interests? Research, research, research! (1) Google, (2)…

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Safeguarding Your Client Data: How to Prevent being infected with ransomware

If you are at work and you see a message alerting you that you need to pay a ransom to get your important files back, your computer has been compromised. Hackers use this method to make you lose control over your crucial work data. It is the best way to make sure your firm lands in trouble and that your clients switch to another one. One that pays more attention to security matters. In order to ensure the protection of client data, you need to know what ransomware is all about. You will then know how to keep private documents safe…

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Interview with Nathan Fox, Founder of Fox LSAT

I am pleased to introduce Nathan Fox, founder of Fox LSAT, a LSAT prep company with courses available in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and online. Nathan earned a 179 on the February 2007 LSAT, started Fox LSAT in 2009, and graduated from UC Hastings in 2010. He is the author of multiple LSAT books including Introducing the LSAT, The Fox LSAT Logic Games Playbook, and The Fox LSAT Logical Reasoning Encyclopedia. He is also a co-host of the Thinking LSAT podcast.  Thank you so much, Nathan, for speaking with Ms. JD today. Let's get started. You've mentioned that no one grows up wanting to be a…

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Susan Smith Blakely

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More Feedback for Young Women Lawyers

This is a topic that I address whenever I speak on effective leadership for young women lawyers.  However, the need for valuable feedback to young lawyers about the quality of their work is not gender specific.  They all need it, and most of them do not get enough of it. Not giving good feedback to junior lawyers is a real failing of senior lawyers, and it lowers the level of effective leadership in law firms.  Relying on annual reviews as the only way to address issues of work product, professional behavior and related issues is not serving the young lawyers…

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