Jmnakamoto

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You’ll Move Mountains, Kid: Be Gritty.

A couple of weeks ago, I was scrolling through my social media feed when I came upon a TEDTalks video from 2013 by Angela Lee Duckworth about her study on the predictors of success. In the beginning of her presentation, she described what she and her team set out to find and where they went looking for it.  They tried to predict success across a plethora of activities and professions where they might be doomed to failure.  They tried to predict who would succeed after joining the military, or who would do well at the spelling bee.   Automatically in my…

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natalieyello

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Five Tips You Haven’t Heard About Interviews and Callbacks

Interviewing for a position at a law firm can seem scary, but it doesn’t have to be! Just like any other test or assignment in law school, as long as you prepare beforehand and keep your cool throughout, you will do great! 1. Get Your Head Right Before the Interview A positive and happy headspace will go a long way in an interview. If you feel content on the inside, it will inevitably show on the outside. In order to get into a positive headspace, do things that you love to do before your interview! Listen to your favorite song, eat…

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delidacostin

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Confessions of a General Counsel:  Let Go of ‘Busy’ and Embrace ‘Focused’

Maybe things are different at your law school, but I doubt it — law students everywhere seem to love talking about how busy they are, how they have so much to do and how late they stayed up last night.   Consider this. From now through the end of your career, the workload will continue to increase, the projects will become more complicated, and your decisions will impact more and more people. If you convey a sense of panic or an inability to prioritize, your advancement will be blocked. Here are five ways to let go of 'busy' and embrace…

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kldelong12

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Student to Lawyer, Stuck in the Middle: The Beginning

As law students we spend three years thinking about the end of law school and the beginning of our professional lives as lawyers. If you are anything like me, during those three years you blocked out the awkward six months between being a student and becoming a lawyer. The months that include studying for the bar exam, taking the bar exam, and waiting for the bar exam results. Those months seemed boring so if we ignored them they didn’t exist, right? Wrong! I suppose before I get too far into things I should introduce myself a little. Before going to…

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kkennedyesq

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A Non-Practicing Lawyer Identity Reflection

This past weekend, I attended the Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession Fall Annual Retreat at the beautiful Hotel Hershey (Hershey, PA). I look forward to this conference every year because it was the first organization since my activities in law school that made me feel welcomed to the profession. The women in this group are devoted to elevating women in the legal field and finding allies in doing so. I very much respect my colleagues and friends in this organization. The theme of the retreat was "Articulate Your Personal Brand," and honestly, it couldn't have come…

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Laura Bladow

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Ms. JD Pre-Law: How to make the most of your LSAT prep course

I have always been a firm believer that every experience is only whatever you make of it. You are responsible for making the most out of every opportunity. Your LSAT prep course is no different. The test prep company, the instructor, the class - none of them are responsible for your success on test day. Rather, it is up to you to make the most out of the resources you have and hustle to get that elusive 180! Here are my top 10 tips to get your hustle started: Prioritize your life. For the 12 or 14 weeks before your…

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Erin_Quander

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If I Knew Then…..What I Know Now….Law School Edition!!

Often times as a child, I remember being asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  My response never changed.  I always knew that I wanted to be a judge.  Teachers were boring, dentists were forced to look at millions of teeth, and doctors had to fix broken bones and get coughed on every day.  But judges, they got to wear a fancy robe and bang a hammer (gavel) on a desk and tell people to be quiet.  Or at least this is what I thought teachers, dentists, and judges did.  I planned my whole life around…

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Annie Little

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The JD’s Life Coach: 5 Steps to a New Year’s Resolution You’ll Actually Keep

It’s that time again.  The beginning of a new year when we’re bombarded with messages of resolution making:  Eat healthier!  Get out of debt!  Quit [insert bad habit here]!  Don’t get me wrong; I’m not against making a resolution or two (or more), but I am against making resolutions that have no chance of being kept.  Wanna learn how to create a New Year’s resolution you’ll actually keep?  Step 1: Conduct a meaningful review of the past year.  Grab a glass of your favorite beverage (oh, hello Mr. Shiraz), put on some mellow tunes, turn off your phone, close your…

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Perspectives, The Quarterly Magazine For and About Women Lawyers

The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession recently sent us the Winter 2012 and Fall 2011 issues of the electronic version of Perspectives, the quarterly magazine for and about women lawyers. The Perspectives Editorial Board encouraged us to send the PDFs to our colleagues, both ABA members and those who have not yet joined the ABA--that's you! In case you missed them, here are the two issues:For Fall, view the entire issue, including the lead article Surviving the Recession:  Any Which Way a Lawyer Can.For Winter, view the entire issue, including the lead article Women in ABA Leadership:  Advancing Issues, Achieving Results.   If you…

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MLGregory

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Big Time Small Town: Become A Better Attorney…By Spending Less Time At Work

One of the joys of living and working in a small town is the ability to participate in the everyday fabric of community life.  In a small town, people expect for you to be there for dinner, whether that’s a fundraising dinner at the local community organization club, meeting friends at a local restaurant, or simply dinner with your significant other or family.  Nearly everyone has an emergency motion or last-minute trial preparation at some point during their career, but through learning tools to work more efficiently, you can make those late evenings the exception rather than the rule.          Learning…

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